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Adium is a free instant messaging application for Mac OS X. You can use it to connect to other chat services such as AIM, ICQ, MSN Messenger, Google Talk, Jabber, and Yahoo Messenger.

If you use many chat services, it is very convenient to use one client such as Adium. Unfortunately, it lacks a feature to easily import and export your settings.

Suppose you are replacing your old Mac to a new one. How do you migrate your Adium settings? You would think that there is an export and import feature. However, there isn’t one.

There is still a way to do it and not lose your settings such as your contacts and logs.

Copy Settings

What you want to do is copy the following folders from your old Mac to your new Mac.

~/Library/Application Support/Adium 2.0/
~/Library/Preferences/com.AdiumX.AdiumX.plist

Note: Your passwords will not get backed up since it resides in the Keychain.

Your Adium preferences are not in the root /Library folder. They are stored in your local home directory. The tilde (~) corresponds to your local home directory.

For example, it can be something like /Users/$USER and $USER can be bob if you logged in as user bob.

To determine your home directory, open the Terminal and run the command:

echo $HOME

Install the Adium client on the new Mac and run it so that it will create the default folders. Afterward, exit the Adium program, copy the folders listed above to the same location on your new Mac, and then restart the Adium client.

You should see the Adium accounts and settings you have set on your old Mac now.

Tim Miller

Tim has always been obsessed with computers his whole life. After working for 25 years in the computer and electronics field, he now enjoys writing about computers to help others. Most of his time is spent in front of his computer or other technology to continue to learn more. He likes to try new things and keep up with the latest industry trends so he can share them with others.

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