Tkabber is a Free and Open Source client for the Jabber instant messaging system. It's writen in Tcl/Tk, and works on many platforms (tested on Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, Solaris, MacOS X and Windows 98/2000/XP).

Official Documentation: Features | Requirements | Configuration | Getting help

Dark Radar - new Tkabber theme

Dark Radar is a new Tkabber theme developed by Bobus. It includes a xrdb file and an iconset.
The author is open to suggestions or comments, so feel free to add a comment here, in english or russian.

Download: darkradar-theme.tar.gz

Screenshot: tkshot002.png

New Tkabber 0.9.8, Tkabber-Pack and Tkabber Starpack

Tkabber 0.9.8 has been released, almost a year after the previous version.

Release highlights:

  • Support for STARTTLS (required for XMPP/1.0 compliancy)
  • Reorganized menu
  • Support for searching in chat window
  • Support for annotations about roster items (JEP-0145)
  • Support for conference rooms bookmarks (JEP-0048)
  • Added multilogin support for GPGME
  • Better support for xml:lang
  • Support for service discovery extensions (JEP-0128)
  • Support for NTLM authentication
  • Many fixes and enhancements

Tkabber wins 'Honorable Mention' on ASPN Coolest Tk Screenshot Contest

As mentioned on Jabber Journal #20, Alexey Schchepin won an Honorable Mention for Tkabber on ASPN Coolest Tk Screenshot Contest 2004.

The Grand Prize was won by another Jabber developer: Mats Bengtsson with Coccinella.

What mode do you use in Tkabber?

How is a roster with 2000 contacts?

Have you ever asked how many contacts will you have on your roster in the future? Propietary instant messaging services limit your buddy list to 150 or so. Is there any limit in a Jabber roster? Of course, public servers should put a limit to prevent buggy clients from compromising the server. But how high is the technical limit? Maybe 500? 1000? And what happens when you have so many contacts in your roster?

As far as I know, XMPP does not impose any limit, and there is no recomendation. So servers and clients will tell what's the technical limit.

Tkabber Starpack 0.10.0

Tkabber Starpack is a binary file that contains Tkabber, Tcl/Tk, and all other required packages to run Tkabber. So, with this Starpack you do not need to install anything on your computer to use Tkabber. It's also really lightweight, less than 5 megs of download.

New Tkabber-Pack 0.9.7.0

I've released a new version of Tkabber-Pack, the Tkabber installer for Windows.

Go to Tkabber-Pack section for download links and more information.

New Tkabber 0.9.7

There is a new Tkabber release, 0.9.7. The highlights are:

  • Updated support for file transfer (JEP-0095, JEP-0096, JEP-0047, JEP-0065)
  • Support for colored nicks and messages in conference
  • Better multiple logins support
  • Updated support for xml:lang
  • Support for IDNA (RFC3490)
  • Many fixes and enhancements

XHTML-IM partial support in Tkabber

Tkabber has partial support to render XHTML messages as described in the experimental JEP-0071: XHTML-IM. In this test I used Tkabber CVS 2004-06-24 and Gaim 0.79.

NL - Tkabber Boek

Tkabber Book in dutch (nederlands)

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