Can not find 32 bit bonjour that installs on 64 bit windows so I can use bonjour with Pidgin

Mark A. Ristich maristich at
Mon Dec 9 12:00:31 EST 2013

Thank you Tres for your reply.


I agree that bonjour 2.0.2 from Apple includes both 32 and 64 bit versions
(as I used the same executable to install Bonjour on my 32 bit systems), the
problem is it doesn't give you the option for installing the 32 bit version
on a 64 bit OS (I have both 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 7 machines on my home
network and it installed the corresponding version of Bonjour on each).  All
the 32 bit Windows machines (3 of them), and my iMAC (64bit but has Bonjour
already installed and I'm using the Messages application there) are working
with Pidgin/Bonjour fine.  The issue is still with my 64 bit Windows 7


So your statement: "When you install, you will see two items in the control
panel." is the part that isn't what I see.  When I install Bonjour on my 64
bit system, I see one item for Bonjour (the other item is the "Bonjour Print
Services").  When I run the installer it explicitly says "Welcome to the
Bonjour Print Services Installer", and lists x64 at the bottom right
near the "Cancel" button (with no option to modify that).


Any help you can provide is very much appreciated.






From: Tres Finocchiaro [mailto:tres.finocchiaro at] 
Sent: Sunday, December 08, 2013 9:57 AM
To: Mark A. Ristich
Cc: support at
Subject: Re: Can not find 32 bit bonjour that installs on 64 bit windows so
I can use bonjour with Pidgin




I can confirm that the recommended download for 64-bit Bonjour for Windows
(Bonjour 2.0.2 from Apple) also included the 32-bit version.


When you install, you will see two items in the control panel, and when you
add a Bonjour account in Pidgin and enable it, you should notice the error
message has gone away.


In order to start using Bonjour, you need at least one other device on your
network (same subnet allowing broadcast traffic) running Bonjour as well.


The wiki article on the Pidgin page says to install both 64-bit and 32-bit,
but from the best of my knowledge, it appears Bonjour 2.0.2 includes both.


If this is incorrect, please correct me.



- Tres.Finocchiaro at


On Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM, Tres Finocchiaro
<tres.finocchiaro at> wrote:


I was under the impression the 64-bit came bundled with the 32-bit plugin as

Have you tried it with the 64-bit?  Did it not work?

We have a few 64-bit Windows workstations at my job and we were able to get
it working without much effort.


On Dec 7, 2013 2:14 PM, "Mark A. Ristich" <maristich at> wrote:

I want to use Pidgin on my local network between windows, mac and Ubuntu


As pidgin supports Bonjour, this would be perfect, except that some of my
windows machines are 64 bit.


The advice to also install the 32 bit version of Bonjour is impossible to
follow, as the Apple site with Bonjour only has the single install file
which does not ask what version to install but simple installs as it sees


I did finally find a 32 bit bonjour.msi (via a download of FileMaker Pro -
which has separate 32 and 64 bit versions of bonjour included) but that
wouldn't install either (saying I need to install the 64 bit version).


I've seen various mentions that not 64 bit version of pidgin is needed, but
given that it is impossible to install a 32 bit of bonjour on a 64 bit
windows machine, I don't understand how to follow the advice given here.


So how do I manage to find a 32 bit version of bonjour to install on my 64
bit windows 7 machines so I can get pidgin to work with bonjour.


I've never used a forum or asked for help, so don't really understand the
protocol.  Hope this method works.


Thank you so much for your help,




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