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As of March 2018, Tor Messenger is no longer maintained.

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