Messenger for Desktop

Messenger for Desktop

Web site:
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: MIT
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: April 9, 2015
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Messenger for Desktop – a simple & beautiful desktop client for Facebook Messenger. Chat without distractions on OS X, Windows and Linux. Not affiliated with Facebook. Messenger for Desktop is a wrapper for the official client messenger.com. By “wrapper”, I mean that it works like a regular browser which can only navigate to the messenger.com web app. Thus, MFD doesn’t touch your messages, account or personal data.

Features:
– Themes & Mini Mode
– Native Notifications (with reply on OS X)
– Spell Checker & Auto Correct
– Support for Facebook for Work
– Keyboard Shortcuts
– Launch on OS startup
– Automatic Updates

The project developer is Alexandru Rosianu.

Empathy

Empathy

Web site: wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Empathy
Category: Network
Subcategory: Internet Messenger
Platform: BSD, Linux, UNIX-like
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C
First release: May 19, 2007 ?
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Empathy – a messaging program which supports text, voice, video chat, and file transfers over many different protocols. You can tell it about your accounts on all those services and do all your chatting within one application.

Empathy uses Telepathy for protocol support and has a user interface based on Gossip. Empathy is the default chat client in current versions of GNOME, making it easier for other GNOME applications to integrate collaboration functionality using Telepathy.

Main features of Empathy are:
– Multi-protocol: Google Talk (Jabber/XMPP), MSN, IRC, Salut, AIM, Facebook, Yahoo!, Gadu Gadu, Groupwise, ICQ and QQ. (Supported protocols depend on installed Telepathy Connection Manager components.) Supports all protocols supported by Pidgin
– File transfer for XMPP, and local networks
– Voice and video call using SIP, XMPP and Google Talk
– Some IRC support
– Conversation theming
– Sharing and viewing location information
– Private and group chat (with smileys and spell checking)
– Conversation logging
– Automatic away and extended away presence
– Automatic reconnection using Network Manager
– Python bindings for libempathy and libempathy-gt
– Support for collaborative applications (“tubes”)

The project founder is Xavier Claessens.

Telegram

Telegram

Web site: telegram.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Web interface, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++
First release: 2013 ?
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Telegram – an open source messaging app with a focus on speed and security which is available for several platforms, such as: Linux, OS X, Windows, Android, iOS, and as a web based application as well. Telegram can be used on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets or computers.

Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers and files of any type. Telegram also provides optional end-to-end-encrypted messaging. The official clients (applications) are open-source but the server-side code is closed-source and proprietary.

Tha main features of Telegram are:
– messages are heavily encrypted and can self-destruct
– lets you access your messages from multiple devices
– delivers messages faster than any other application
– servers are spread worldwide for security and speed
– has an open API and protocol free for everyone
– is free forever. No ads. No subscription fees
– keeps your messages safe from hacker attacks
– has no limits on the size of your media and chats
– lets you coordinate groups of up to 100000 members
– lets you destruct your messages with a timer
– stores your media in the cloud

Gajim

Gajim

Web site: gajim.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messenger
Platform: BSD, Linux, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: Python
First release: May 21, 2004
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Gajim – a full featured and easy to use XMPP/Jabber client which works nicely with GNOME, but does not require it to run. Jabber allows users to use gates for other services, called transports, and using Gajim you can connect with users via Tlen, Gadu-Gadu, AIM or ICQ. It also supports RSS and ATOM feeds and can send SMS messages to mobile phones.

The main features are:
– Tabbed chat window and single window modes
– Group chat support (with Multi-User Chat protocol), invitation, chat to group chat transformation, minimize group chat to roster
– Emoticons, avatars, PEP (user activity, mood and tune)
– Audio / video conferences
– File transfer, room bookmarks
– Metacontacts support
– Trayicon, speller, extended chat history functionalities
– TLS, GPG and End-To-End encryption support (with SSL legacy support)
– Transport registration support
– Service discovery including nodes, user search
– Wikipedia, dictionary and search engine lookup
– Multiple accounts support
– DBus capabilities. Read more information
– XML console
– Link local (bonjour / zeroconf), BOSH
– Other features via plugins
– Gajim is available in 29 languages: Basque, Belarusian, Brasilian, British, Bulgarian, Chinese (simplified), Croatian, Czech, Danish, English, Esperanto, French, Galician, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Lithuanian, Norwegian (Bokmål), Polish, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian.

Skype

Skype

Web site: www.skype.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers, VoIP Clients
Platform: Android, HoloLens, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows, Xbox One
License: Freemium
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++
First release: August 29, 2003
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Skype – an application which lets users to make voice or video calls and keep in touch via an instant message system. It is available for many devices and operating systems such as smartphones, tablets, PCs, Macs and Linux.

The main featureas of Skype are:
– Video calls – don’t just hear the cheers, see it. Get together your friends and family on a video call. Watch your everyone’s smiles and cries when you tell them “We’re engaged!”
– Chat – reach people instantly. Send messages to your friends, liven up conversations with emoticons and Mojis, or create a group chat to make weekend plans with up to 300 people.
– Share – share your screen, photos, videos, documents, and files with your family and friends. Unlike email, Skype will transfer up to 300MB per file.
– Voice calls – make voice calls to anyone on Skype. You can also call mobile and landlines at low rates.

Skype uses a proprietary Internet telephony (VoIP) network called the Skype protocol. The protocol has not been made publicly available by Skype, and official applications using the protocol are closed-source. Starting from 2014, Skype uses a new protocol Microsoft Notification Protocol 24.

Skype was founded in 2003 by Niklas Zennström, from Sweden, and Janus Friis, from Denmark and the software was created by Estonians Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn.

CoyIM

CoyIM

Web site: coy.im
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: GUI, CLI
Programing language: Go
First release: December 10, 2015
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CoyIM – a standalone chat client that focuses on safety and security. It is a self-contained program that runs on Windows, Linux and macOS. CoyIM only supports one chat protocol – XMPP (Jabber). It is built upon xmpp-client and coyim otr3, and adds a graphical user interface and implies safe and secure options by default.

The developers ambition is that it should be possible for even the most high-risk people on the planet to safely use CoyIM, without having to make any configuration changes. To do this, CoyIM has OTR enabled and uses Tor by default. Besides that, it will only use the Tor Onion Service for a known server and also uses TLS and TLS certificates to verify the connection – no configuration required. The implementation is written in the Go language, to avoid many common types of vulnerabilities that come from using unsafe languages.

Main features:
– Support of the latest version of OTR.
– Detection of Tor (if installed) and connection through it.
– Use of Tor Onion Service if it is known by the server in question.
– Use of separate Tor circuits for each account in order to make it harder to tie accounts together.
– Insertion of random delays before connecting to each account in order to make fingerprinting of connections between accounts harder.
– SRV lookup for the server over Tor if available.
– Import of account settings, OTR settings, fingerprints, and private keys from other clients like Pidgin, Adium, Gajim or xmpp-client.
– Saving of all your configuration, including OTR fingerprints and keys, in an encrypted configuration file.

Pidgin

Pidgin

Web site: pidgin.im
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messenger
Platform: Linux, OS X, UNIX-like, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C
First release: December 31, 1998
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Pidgin (formerly named Gaim) – a chat program which lets you log in to accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on MSN, talking to a friend on Google Talk, and sitting in a Yahoo chat room all at the same time. The program was originally written by Mark Spencer, an Auburn University sophomore, as an emulation of AOL’s IM program AOL Instant Messenger on Linux using the GTK+ toolkit.

Pidgin is compatible with the following chat networks out of the box: AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE and Zephyr. It can support many more with plugins.

Pidgin supports many features of these chat networks, such as file transfers, away messages, buddy icons, custom smilies, and typing notifications. Numerous plugins also extend Pidgin’s functionality above and beyond the standard features. Pidgin is widely used for its Off-the-Record Messaging (OTR) plugin, which offers end-to-end encryption.

Pidgin integrates with the system tray on Windows, GNOME2, KDE 3 and KDE 4.

TOR Messenger

TOR Messenger

Web site: blog.torproject.org/tor-messenger-beta-chat-over-tor-easily
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messenger
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language:
First release: 2015 ?
Status: Not Active
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TOR Messenger – a cross-platform chat program that aims to be secure by default and sends all of its traffic over Tor. It supports a wide variety of transport networks, including Jabber (XMPP), IRC, Google Talk, Facebook Chat, Twitter, Yahoo, and others; enables Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging automatically; and has an easy-to-use graphical user interface localized into multiple languages.

Tor Messenger is based on Instantbird, an instant messaging client developed in the Mozilla community.

The Instantbird transport protocols are written in a memory-safe language (JavaScript); it has a graphical user interface and already supports many natural languages; and it’s a XUL application, which means we can leverage both the code (Tor Launcher) and in-house expertise that the Tor Project has developed working on Tor Browser with Firefox. It also has an active and vibrant software developer community that has been very responsive and understanding of our needs. The main feature it lacked was OTR support, which we have implemented and hope to upstream to the main Instantbird repository for the benefit of all Instantbird (and Thunderbird) users.

As of March 2018, Tor Messenger is no longer maintained.

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