To configure Google Talk on Trillian you will install, activate, and configure a Jabber connection. This can be completed by verifying the Jabber plugin is installed and activated. Once the Jabber plugin is activated a new account must be created and connected. Follow the directions below to configure a Google Talk account in your Trillian client.

  1. Open Trillian Preferences:First you will need to verify the Jabber plugin is being loaded. Open Trillian, click Trillian in the top menu, and select “Trillian Preferences” from the drop down as shown in the image below.

    Trillian Preferences

  2. Verify Jabber Plugin:Select the Plugins icon from the Trillian Preferences window as shown in the image below.

    Trillian Preferences Window 

    Once the Plugins window is open verify that the Jabber plugin is selected with a check mark but if not check the Jabber plugin and restart Trillian to make sure it is loaded properly. An example list of plugins is shown below where you can see the active plugins include AIM and ICQ, Jabber, and MSN Messenger. The example also shows inactive plugins which are IRC, Rendezvous, and SkyLlian.

    Trillian Plugins - Jabber


  3. Create Google Talk Identity:Now click the “Identities & Connections” left menu item followed by “Add a new connection” and select the JABBER menu item. Enter your Gmail email address as the username and the password to your Gmail account as the password as shown below in the image.

    Trillian Jabber Google Talk Connection



    Next click the Change button to the right of the username field. This will open a new window as shown below. In the new Jabber Preferences window change “Server Host” to and make sure the “Server Port” is set to 5222.If you want the account to start every time you launch Trillian then make sure the “Automatically connect to this account on startup.” has a check in it.

    Trillian - - 5222


  4. Verify Google Talk Account:Now connect to the Jabber/Google Talk account. You will need to add a Google Talk contact to message. You can add a Trillian contact by clicking Trillian, selecting “Add a Contact or Group” from the drop down, and then following the steps in the contact configuration window. Make sure to select Jabber as the Medium. Once an account that is online shows up send them a message to make sure everything is working.

Your Google Talk account is now set up in Trillian and will connect every time you start Trillian. You can add multiple accounts if necessary as well as disconnect or disable the Jabber plugin.

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8 Responses to “Configure Google Talk on Trillian With the Jabber Plugin”
  1. patelc75 says:

    I’ve been using Digsby as an alternative to Trillian. I had issues with Trillian hogging system resources and didn’t have as much patience as you. Digsby does AIM, Yahoo, Google Talk, MSN, Linked In, and multiple Twitter accounts


    ashish Reply:

    Digsby doesn’t have buddy pounce, which is VERY important. Trillian also has psychic mode.


    alex Reply:

    Hello ashish,

    Pyschic mode and buddy pounce are cool features for sure. I see how each of them can come in handy for many users.

    For those that don’t know “Buddy Pounce” is the ability to automate actions based on users signing in. In Trillian Astra this can be configured by launching Trillian Preferences and clicking the Automation icon to configure.

    Psychic Mode in Trillian allows you to be notified when people begin sending a message to you so you can act accordingly. For instance you may want to sign off before they complete the message. In Trillian Astra this can be configured by launching Trillian Preferences, clicking on the Notifications icon, and then checking the check box next to “A Contact Starts Preparing A Message” under the “Notify Me” sub section.

    Anyway thanks for pointing out these differences!



  2. alex says:

    Digsby looks pretty cool. Here is the URL for those that are interested:

    I wish trillian and a better Skype plugin than Skyllian or that there was an alternative to combine Skype with other IM services.


  3. jo says:

    hi there!
    i’ve been having problems trying to login to google talk for many years with various universal messengers (pidgin/gaim, miranda, trillian and now even digsby). I’ve tried servers and, variations of ports (80,443,5222,5223), variations of username, tried login with the jabber as well – still no success.
    No problem to login via original google talk app or login to gmail.
    No problem login to my yahoo or hotmail accounts. No issue working with skype plugin in trillian either. i’m really dumbstruck on getting google talk to work in universal messengers.

    do you or any readers have a solution?


    alex Reply:

    Hello Jo,

    I personally have never used Digsby so I wouldn’t be able to assist you personally however I wanted to respond as Chirag may have some useful tips to assist.


    If you want to test Google Talk back and forth let me know and maybe we can provide a solution to “jo” or others.



  4. tray says:

    Digsby doesn’t have buddy pounce. No psychic mode either.


    alex Reply:

    Hello tray,

    I wasn’t aware of this but user ashish pointed it out in a response to the initial comment on this article. Anyhow I assume it is still the case if you are posting this so thanks for taking the time to follow up.



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