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Portable iChat

Copy local preferences

You can copy your user preferences folder to Portable iChat when Copy preferences window ask you. So, if you wish to use your buddies, accounts and preferences you already have, run Portable iChat on your system and click Copy when prompt.
Warning: Data and passwords stored with Keychain are not portable!

Copy preferences window screenshot


This will copy your ~/Library/Logs/iChatConnectionError folder and ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iChat.plist, com.apple.iChat.AIM.plist, com.apple.iChat.jabber.plist, and com.apple.iChatAgent.plist file to Portable iChat. Preference file and folder are inside the application bundle: Portable iChat.app/Contents/Resources/Library/.
A confirm window will show preferences size and space available. You can confirm or cancel.

Copy preferences ok window screenshot

If copy will take some time a task bar give you a feedback.

Task bar screenshot

A pop up window confirm the end of preferences copy or advice if an error occurred.

Copy preferences done popupCopy preferences error popup

You will prompt when preferences size is greater than space available on your drive. This will not copy existing iChat preferences.

No space available screenshot

Don't Copy

This will allow you to copy your preferences next time you will open Portable iChat.


This will never ask you to copy local preferences to Portable iChat. Remove file "Portable iChat.app/Contents/Resources/CopyPref_Done" to copy preferences again.