Download Yahoo messenger directly instead of Online installer


If you have downloaded yahoo messenger, you must be aware of the fact that you can’t download Yahoo messenger directly. When you download it, you actually download a Online installer which installs the Yahoo messenger online. And you don’t have a copy of setup too. While having a chat discussion with Nspeaks (a guy who always have a answer of my queries), he told me about this little trick that allows me to download the messenger directly without the need of downloading that crappy online installer.

The trick is to add y before the filename of the online installer in the url and you can directly download the full messenger setup. When you click Download Yahoo Messenger,download starts and you have this in the page:


Right Click on click here to copy the link and this is your URL for online installer.

For Yahoo messenger 8

Link for downloading that online installer is and if you add y in the filename and then paste it in the address bar, it is the direct download link for the full setup of messenger. Your link now looks like

For Yahoo messenger 9 Beta

Link for downloading that online installer is and if you add y in the filename and then paste it in the address bar, it is the direct download link for the full setup of messenger. Your link now looks like

For Yahoo messenger 9 Final & Region Specific Setup

If you are looking for region specific setup, then you can use this trick @

For Windows Vista Users

Yahoo Messenger for Windows Vista has been discontinued and if you want to download it, then you can download it from Techie Buzz.

For Yahoo messenger 10

The same trick doesn’t work for downloading Yahoo messenger 10 but you can still download it by the direct download link at the end of the post.

Direct Download Links

For all those lazy bones, here are your direct download links for yahoo messenger:

Yahoo Messenger 8

Yahoo Messenger 9 Beta

Yahoo Messenger 9 Final

Download Yahoo! Messenger for Vista

Download Yahoo Messenger 10

The above links were verified to be working on February 19,2010. If any of the above links have stopped working, then leave a comment and I will update it with the new link.


109 responses to “Download Yahoo messenger directly instead of Online installer”

  1. Also remember that this trick will work for any version and any language version of Yahoo! Messenger. So Happy Downloading. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. tanks for your help ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Wonderful trick. I’m using Linux and now have a solution on how to download yahoo messenger for Windows using Linux o/s.

  4. This is a good Idea !!

  5. Hello Sir !!

  6. This is just what I needed thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. thx for the direct download because the online instalar doesnt work on my computer

  8. Thanks to Nspeaks for sharing this. ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Thanks Wonderful Trick

  10. Thanks for sharing that, this was a Godsend I tell you. I can’t tell you how much trouble I had with that other thing, utterly useless.

  11. @Kev
    You are welcome!

  12. Mazulis Avatar

    This is awesome! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ i had trouble using the installer for nearly an hour!

  13. shivansh Avatar

    thanx a ton man….

  14. @Mazulis, Shivamsh
    You are welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Thankyou for the direct download, my connection is less than 1/2 standard modem. The normal installation always ‘froze’. This download took about 2 hours, but the installation only took a moment. ๐Ÿ™‚ THANKYOU ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Had to replace my hardrive, got everything back up and running, went to download yahoo messenger from the site and would only let me get to 50% tryed for 3 hrs gave up and found your site. works great thanks a bunch

  17. @Joe,Tammy
    You are welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. like this

  19. @angie
    I am glad that you found it useful.

  20. i want to know how to use a yahoo messenger download by webcam.thank u ps.

  21. @Okim
    I didn’t understand what do you mean by “download by webcam”
    Can you explain what you want to do? Then only, I will be able to help. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. IT`S SO GOOD

  23. @ramy
    thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. salam to all

  25. Ok my hard drive crashed 2 days ago and I’ve tried several different websites that had a “solution” for why I couldn’t download. I’m in the process of trying this link right now. I’ll let ya know what happens.
    Hope it works!

  26. @Shabang
    Do let me know if you are having some trouble. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    And you are forever in my favorites page!

    1. daivid Avatar

      hellow im man happy

  28. @Shabang
    Cool. Keep visiting for more or you can subscribe to get updates. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. misz_sakura_86 Avatar

    thanx… u r a life saver…

    i juz recently learn about your blog..

    i love it..

    i hate blog wif no significant in4mation..huhu.. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

  30. Wes Weiss Avatar
    Wes Weiss

    Oh GoD Bless U man! =P
    I’ve wasted hours trying to download it, and now u come with this trick =D
    Thank U =D

  31. @misz_sakura_86, Wes Weiss
    You are welcome.

  32. josefina ponciano Avatar
    josefina ponciano

    thank u very much

  33. josefina ponciano Avatar
    josefina ponciano

    thank u very much for letting me know about this direct download

  34. @Josefina
    You are welcome.

  35. Thank for sharing the direct download link

  36. @Allwyn
    My pleasure. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  37. i have serious issues with yahoo messenger installer… it downloads quite well but after running setup.. it does not launch the messenger.. dont know what to do..

  38. ok

  39. @banks
    Be more descriptive in your problems. You can try a alternate client to use yahoo service or the web based version

  40. Anuvab Avatar

    Thank you so much for your advice!

  41. Wow…..amazing trick…this helps me to install Y! Messenger on a PC which is not connected to Internet. Thanks very much.

  42. do i have to pay wen i downLoad dis thing?

  43. Thank you very much for the direct download.. It was amazingly easy to install.
    can you recommend a free anti virus ? im using the free avg, i want to change it. THaks..

  44. We require the msgr8exe from

    As we are rehular user of yahoo messanger &

    We hereby request you to kindly send us the file urgently to enable us to load the messanger on my pc.


    Salam Khan

  45. i wanted to install yahoo messanger on my computer desktop. while uploading the messanger error occur like need to down load msgr8exe

    we need the same to enable us to upload the messanger on my computer

    thanks n best regards

    Rajiv Saxena

  46. i have trouble installing yahoo messenger

  47. hello frnd
    i hav the setups of y msngr 8 and 9 but they get corrupted automatically after installation. when i click on desktop icon it gives the error “application failed to initialize click ok terminate the program.
    plz help


  48. richard okoye Avatar
    richard okoye

    i want to install yahoo messenger

  49. @Anubav
    You are welcome.
    Thanks for sharing the link.
    Its free.
    Avast is a good one. I would recommend searching for workarounds for expanding trial periods of NOD32 or Kaspersky.
    The link is in the post itself.
    Please be descriptive so that I can help.
    Just make a copy of the setup before running it. TBH, I have never heard of this kind of issue.
    So whats the problem? Go get it and let me know if you face any issue.

  50. hijacked Avatar

    thanks a lot for the information, now i can download it directly…

  51. @hijacked
    You are welcome!

  52. i am currently downloading YM 9 manually (39%), hope this works.. been using that YM online installer for three days and it keeps on getting stuck back and forth from 0% to 8%. geez what a crap!

  53. @kamote
    Got the setup or not?

  54. […] each time a updated version of Messenger is released, you can get the updated link too! My Friend Ashfame’s blog already tells the trick about Yahoo! Messenger 8 and 9’s direct download …. But then I thought maybe the same trick goes for Vista messenger too. But to my surprise, the same […]

  55. I posted a similar trick now for Yahoo! Messenger for Vista :

    I posted it because its method is entirely different for Vista version.

  56. Good find… very useful..
    thank you so much for sharing..

  57. ymsgr810_421_us.exe is not valid win32 application this is the error i recieve when i try to download yahoo messenger can you help me

  58. im using window xp

  59. I need to install the yahoo messenger because I can’t open my yahoo messenger that I have on my desktop…

  60. Anthony Brewer Avatar
    Anthony Brewer

    i cant download yahoo goes to 5% then staght to 100% then right back to 0% over ana over again.Tried direct download links and after a minute or so it comes up and says.exe is not valid Win32 application.please help going crazy try to get this to work

  61. Yahoo! Changed the urls for final 9 version of its messenger. New Trick here:

  62. wow that’s just what i needed……..[:)]

  63. @Navjot
    Thanks for the awesome trick.
    I don’t know anything about this Win32 application problem. It must be specifically on your systems. Try downloading somewhere else and then running the setup. If you get the same problem again, then it must be your system state else I have no idea.

  64. abner yokum Avatar
    abner yokum

    Hi, I was reading ashfame and I indeed cannot get my yahoo messenger to successfully install. I have been on line with verizon (a waste), dell (another waste), Yahoo (complete waste) without anyone being able to tell me why or what to do. Maybe its being designed to rid people from using yahoo instant messenger and send them to web messenger where you cannot use your cam. I find yahoo so irresponsible due to many aspects that I would never respect them again. Thanks for your fine website. Abner Yokum

  65. @Abner
    You are welcome.

  66. You write very well.

  67. thx alot needed that

  68. I always get some yalertchat.dll, something like this missing. What to do ?

  69. too thanks as i suffered from installing it online!

  70. Mohd Aidil Avatar
    Mohd Aidil

    walla! works briliantly! thanks a lot mate!

  71. new Yahoo Messenger version -> new direct download link :

  72. hi.. do u have any other link? i try download many times… but failed. thanks!!

  73. wan abd hamid Avatar
    wan abd hamid

    dear fren..i tried to to ym 9 final ..cudnt get to the link given

  74. sourya Avatar

    wid d previous one, once if d msngr is screwed up, we have to install it all over again frm net … but dis one is very very gud..thnx

  75. sourya Avatar

    thnx very much.. dis is d one i used to google.. without any result…thnx again

  76. Eunice Avatar

    download yahoo messenger 9

  77. i want to install the yahoo messenger..

  78. ur link when i downloaded it tell me that it is not a valid win 32 application pls do something

  79. Yahoo messenger 9 link doesn’t work already. (Page not found) Thanks

  80. Rohinton Avatar

    Your Yahoo download page is not available. So says Yahoo and asks for downloading from Yahoo home page..

  81. Hi……
    I had been troubled by this problem for many days.
    Thank u so much for ur help.

    1. You are welcome!

  82. hi im having problem with downloading yahoo from the online installer , i download the online installer with IDM , where i should add y ? i didnt get it , please help

    1. Please check the bottom of the post for direct link to download yahoo messenger 10

  83. Thanx man

    1. You are welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚

  84. dont know why but i still cnt dwnload yahoo messenger 10

    1. The direct link in the post works fine for me

  85. Thankuuuuuuuuu Ashish! ๐Ÿ™‚

  86. Yahoo Avatar

    Update your yahoo messenger 10 link with the following
    Keep it up.

    1. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  87. mauidelarea Avatar

    OMG,,, its works.. thanks so much fir this post.. after 3 days of installing the Ym, new i have a brand new one… i like this blog.. very HELPFUL,,, and very useful…………. thanks a lot….

  88. mauidelarea Avatar

    ahm.. can i ask.. how about download for skype,,, i cannot download it too.. is there a link like the one for yahoo so i can download the skype faster and no interuptions? thanksssssssss

  89. […] A reader just enquired me how Skype can be downloaded directly on the post Download Yahoo messenger directly. […]

  90. you are a saviour!! this really helps after i could not access yahoo messenger since i tried to install the new yahoo messenger beta! i tried to everything without success. But i’ll like to know why i could not download the latest version..anyway for now i am contented with yahoo messenger 10,thank u very much.

  91. messeger yahoo offline installer is suitable for my internet connection halting.

  92. Chelle Avatar

    I tried the Yahoo Messenger 10 one, and it said that it wasn’t a valid Win32 Application.. Should i just try another one?

  93. Chelle Avatar

    Yep, nothing is working.. Apparently the sites that you have requested for us to go to, aren’t up and running anymore… I’ve tried all of them, and none of them work. Messenger 9 wasn’t a Win32 application either. Any help? I’ve been searching for about a week now, trying to find something for my Windows 7, and nothing wants to work.

  94. mohsin Avatar

    thanks a lot man……….thats really cool

  95. Try this site . You can download direct installer and previous version as well. Also check this site once in a while, you can get information about new versions.

  96. The Link stopped working.

  97. i want direct download url

  98. Direct link

  99. links expired :((