Yahoo! Messenger

YIM - Yahoo! Messenger - Version 11

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Application Details:

Version: 11.x
License: Free to use
Votes: 35
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.51

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What works

The webbased installation is working. Just download the file msgr11us.exe from Yahoos website. Then run it. Follow the instructions from the HowTo-section below. You can start the application but will not get a login.

What does not

Login didn't work. So it isn't possible to use the messenger.


What was not tested

Nearly all functions of YIM.

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Additional Comments

The application cannot log into Yahoo. so there is no change to use the messenger functions. For this is rated as Garbage.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowSlackware 14.1 32 bit versionSep 05 20151.7.51Yes Yes BronzeMaik Wagner 
ShowSlackware 14.1 32 bit versionAug 22 20151.7.50No Not installable GarbageMaik Wagner 
ShowSlackware 14.1 32 bit versionAug 16 20151.7.49No Not installable GarbageMaik Wagner 
ShowSlackware 14.1 32 bit versionMar 20 20151.7.39No Not installable GarbageMaik Wagner 
ShowZorin OSFeb 24 20151.7.37Yes No Garbagean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO install Yahoo! Messenger (but than it will not work!)
  1. Download the online installer from Yahoo!.
  2. You will get a file called msgr11us.exe.
  3. Open a terminal session.
  4. Run this installer: wine /path/to/msgr11us.exe.
  5. In Step 1 of 4 choose Custom Install.
  6. Uncheck all excepted Yahoo! Messenger* (required).
  7. Hit Next for the next step (Step 2 of 4).
  8. Accept the Privacy Policy, otherwise the installation will not continue.
  9. Hit Next for the next step (Step 3 of 4).
  10. An overview is given.
  11. Hit Next for the next step (Step 4 of 4).
  12. The installer will download all necessary files and install them.
  13. Uncheck Launch Yahoo! Messenger. Otherwise it might crash.
  14. At last hit Finish to end the installation.

The installation is finished. You can start the Yahoo!Messenger by typing in the terminal:
wine /path/to/Yahoo!/Messenger/YahooMessenger.exe
(You will have to replcace /path/to/ by the correct path.)

There are some errors in the GUI: e.g. see bug no. #21579 and others. Until now YIM - Yahoo!Messenger isn't really working on wine.

If you want to come closer to some problems you will need to use winetricks:
winetricks riched20
will help to prevent the bug no. #21579 but than you will run into the next bug(s): you can send a message but not receive one. So this is only for experimental use.

(latest change: 2013-01-20)

This version is not really for productive work. Use native clientes like Pidgin, Kopete or so instead.
Please hold in mind the rating criterias
Please hold in mind the rating criterias: an application with crashes on startup or normal use is garbage and nothing else. Thanks!


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