Messenger Reviver 2:mac

Messenger Reviver 2:mac

This page remains here for archival reasons.  As of March 12th 2015, the last of the servers accepting sign-ins from Messenger:Mac have gone offline.  To use the Messenger service on the Mac, you will need to use Skype, the web-based client, or Windows Live Messenger 2012 in a Windows virtual machine.

Starting November 13th, 2014, Messenger:mac clients are no longer able to sign in to the Messenger service and you will receive the following error:

Sign in to Microsoft Messenger failed because the service is not responding.  The service is not available or you may not be connected to the Internet.

Messenger:mac failure

As the underlying problem is similar to the issues from earlier this week, using the same technique used by the third-party clients and for Windows Live Messenger 2009, we can revive Messenger:mac.

Using Messenger Reviver 2:mac
To revive Messenger:mac, download the Messenger Reviver 2 dmg and open it from the Downloads folder.  Then right-click on the Messenger Reviver 2 mac icon and choose Open.
Messenger Reviver 2: mac opening

If you receive the “unidentified developer” warning message choose Open when asked.   Next, you may get a message reminding you that you’re about to install software, click Continue.  You can then click Continue to the Introduction screen, then the Install button, type in your password, and finally click the Install Software button.  After Reviver has completed, Messenger:mac should re-open and you should be able to sign in.

Important note: Unlike the Windows version, Messenger Reviver 2:mac at this time is not able to automatically download and install Messenger:mac.  If you do not already have it installed, you can install it from c|net

Known issues and workarounds
When you sign into Messenger:mac after using Reviver:mac, you most likely will see various contact list addition requests from your contact list.  This is a side effect of tricking the server, and can either be ignored or dismissed.  Unfortunately, they will return again when you sign in again.  This issue is being seen in various third party clients as well.

In addition to this, even though contacts appear on your contact list, you might receive a message “Do you want to accept a message from an unknown sender”.  Click the Accept button and you can proceed with the conversation.

Lastly, on some accounts you might not appear online to your contacts.  Regrettably, this is a result of the same issues above.   You can workaround this problem by signing in on another client first (including logging into your Microsoft account at and then signing into Messenger:mac.  The other client will put you online and Messenger:mac will take over your Messenger session.

System Requirements
A compatible version of OS X running Messenger:mac 8.0.1

Posted on November 16, 2014, in Messenger, Messenger Tools, MSN Messenger, Tools. Bookmark the permalink. 42 Comments.

  1. Genius! Just wanted to say thank you for doing this. The last few days of having to use Skype have not been pleasant. It can now go back into the unused pile of applications and deservedly collect dust again. Long live custom smilies, custom fonts and a chat client with personality. Excellent work!

  2. What Rye said! You guys are legends for making these reviver tools.

  3. Yay!! It worked, Thanks. 🙂

  4. is there a way I can retrieve all my custom emotions I had? I cleared history when Msn started this problem. Please help 😦

    • Greetings Daniela. The custom emoticons are stored in your user folder under Microsoft Messenger Data>your Microsoft account email>ObjectStore>CustomEmoticons. If you have moved this folder to the Trash and cleared it, then it’s gone as they’re not stored on the server. However, if you have a Time Machine backup, you could retrieve it from there. This site lists this process in more detail and lists your options (for files deleted in general).

  5. What to do if msn blocked all of my contacts?

    • Greetings luc. You’re seeing this as they’re not in your allow list and unfortunately there is no way to re-add them at this time. As a quick workaround, click the Messenger menu, then Preferences and choose the Privacy button. Then uncheck the following options, ‘Only users on my Allow List can see my status and send me messages. Block all other users‘, ‘Always alert me when I receive a message from an unknown sender‘ and ‘Alert me when other users add me to their contact list‘. Finally, click OK. You will need to sign out and back in to see the Blocked tag removed.

  6. Its still give me an error why? :\

    This is it:

    Microsoft Error Reporting log version: 2.0

    Error Signature:
    Exception: EXC_BAD_ACCESS
    Date/Time: 2014-11-26 23:52:53 +0000
    Application Name: Microsoft Messenger
    Application Bundle ID:
    Application Signature: MSNS
    Application Version:
    Crashed Module Name: CoreFoundation
    Crashed Module Version: 744.19
    Crashed Module Offset: 0x00001fe1
    Blame Module Name: Microsoft Messenger
    Blame Module Version:
    Blame Module Offset: 0x003ac650
    Application LCID: 1033
    Extra app info: Reg=English Loc=0x0409
    Crashed thread: 0

    /snip traceback/

    • Greetings Ghada. Reviver:mac does not fix crashing problems as Messenger will not crash just because you can’t sign in. If Reviver is the cause of the crash, then I need to know that, but from your message, I don’t think it is.

      I’d encourage you to start troubleshooting by removing Messenger’s preferences files, which you can get to by going to the Finder, choosing the Go menu, hold down the Option key so that the Library select appears and click on the Library. Once the Library folder opens, head down to Preferences, and move the com.Microsoft.Messenger.plist to the Trash. Then still in the Preferences folder, open up the Microsoft folder and move the Microsoft Messenger User Cache.plist to the Trash.

      You can try Messenger again after that’s completed. If that doesn’t help, it might be worth sending the entire Microsoft Messenger application in the Applications folder to the trash, and reinstalling it and Reviver.

      • Thank you for answering me.. i try to delete the files and i do every thing you say but i did not find the 2 files, and i did not find the Microsoft folder either!
        so, i deleted the entire Microsoft Messenger application, then i try to reinstall it from the link that you give it to me here. but the app didn’t work. and it gives me an error.

  7. Can you please do an MSN reviver?

  8. Unfortunately it doesn’t work here…

  9. It’s still not working for me. I’m running under Yosemite and I have a macbook air. The messenger reviver still doesn’t let me log it, the same message (Sign in to msn failed because the service..) pops up anyways. Please help 😦

  10. It’s not working for me again.

  11. It’s only here that my Messenger isn’t working again? Please, help me.

  12. By reinstall the messenger again.
    But i can’t take any emotions or put it. why??
    and also i can’t change my picture, when i change it no body can see it.

  13. I have problems to sign today with Adium, I can see that now TLS is now required, but how do I enable this in OSX and Adium?.


    • Greetings Jorge. There’s a small adjustment to make Adium work. Choose the Adium menu, choose Preferences, double-click the MSN account, choose the Options category and change the Login Server to be and click OK.

  14. I can’t take the emotions or but them why?

  15. Hi Honathan, first tks for messenger reviver, en second, i cant open my messenger . it show me thIs: error 800 48 820 . could you help? 😥

  16. sorry . JONATHAN

  17. Doesn’t work for me. I’m still getting this error:
    ign in to Microsoft Messenger failed because the service is not responding. The service is not available or you may not be connected to the Internet.

    Any idea how i can solve this? Tried to reinstall it several times.

    Part of the connection log:
    2015/01/23 18:20:08.674 Connecting to (port 1863)
    2015/01/23 18:20:08.716 Listening thread got exception -3260
    2015/01/23 18:20:10.699 Login (0) failed with error: (7.0)

    • Greetings Turtle. The reason why it appears to work for some and not others is because they’ve previously logged in and the server information has been cached. Unfortunately this cache doesn’t last forever as Messenger servers can change.

      Until I get this updated, there are some workarounds I can give you, but I’d prefer emailing you that information directly. If you’re still interested, let me know.

  18. mine doesn’t work tho
    when i finish the download, the messenger apps re-open and starts loading
    at first i thought it was going to work but it still pop up the same thing
    ” Sign in to Microsoft Messenger failed because the service is not responding. The service is not available or you may not be connected to the Internet. ”
    I don’t get it
    why mine doesn’t work?

  19. um, sorry i didn’t read the comment above
    i’m interested too pls email me !

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