Comparison of LAN messengers

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The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of LAN messengers.

General information[edit]

Basic general information about the LAN messengers: creator/company, license/price, among others.

Protocol Author, creator First public release date Latest stable version Cost (USD) Software license Programming language
AChat ? Michal Hruby 2005 beta 7 (v0.150) (January 24, 2007; 7 years ago (2007-01-24)) Free[1] GNU GPL Delphi, C# version begun
Akeni LAN Messenger Akeni Network Protocol Akeni 2002 1.2.118 (May 22, 2014; 6 months ago (2014-05-22)) Non-free, shareware $16.95 Proprietary C++
BigAnt Messenger ? BigAnt 2001 2.97 (February 4, 2013; 21 months ago (2013-02-04)) Non-free, shareware $20.00 + server Proprietary ?
Bopup Messenger Bopup IM protocol B Labs 2001 6.3.2 (October 21, 2013; 13 months ago (2013-10-21)) Non-free, shareware $12.90 + server (volume licensing available) Proprietary C++
BORGChat ? Ionut Cioflan 2002 v1.0.0 b438 (March 31, 2007; 7 years ago (2007-03-31)) [±] Free[2] Freeware ?
DeskAlerts ? Softomate 2007 4.0 Non-free, commercial $1.00 + server[3] Proprietary ?
dMessage ? MGI Consultants 2007 6.20 (June 20, 2010; 4 years ago (2010-06-20)) Non-free, shareware

(6 to 20 depending on number of stations)

Proprietary ?
iChat Bonjour IM Protocol Apple Inc. 2003 5.0.3 (745), (April 26, 2010; 4 years ago (2010-04-26)) Non-free, bundled with OS Proprietary Likely Objective-C
iptux Windows Messenger service Jally, ManPT, others 2008 0.51 (November 20, 2009; 5 years ago (2009-11-20)) Free[4] GNU GPL ?
LAN Chat Enterprise ? KGY Soft 2001 3.3, (May 29, 2007; 7 years ago (2007-05-29)) Non-free, shareware $12.00 Proprietary ?
LinPopUp Windows Messenger service Jean-Marc Jacquet 2000 1.2.0 (Debian, April 7, 2008; 6 years ago (2008-04-07)) Free[5] GNU GPL C
Miranda IM[6][7] Windows Messenger service Roland Rabien 2000 0.9.3 Free GNU GPL C/C++
Net-C ? DGtalize 2008 0.2.0 (May 15, 2010; 4 years ago (2010-05-15)) Free[8] GNU GPL Java
OMessenger ? Srimax Software System 2002 6.0.43 (March 25, 2010; 4 years ago (2010-03-25)) Non-free, shareware $9.80 Proprietary ?
Pichat ? Piratson Technologies 2002 0.4.2 b74 (March 31, 2011; 3 years ago (2011-03-31)) Free[9] Freeware C++
Pidgin[10] ? Mark Spencer, others 1998 2.10.9 (February 2, 2014; 10 months ago (2014-02-02)) Free GNU GPL C
PopNote ? K5HUM 2003 3.6 (July 1, 2009; 5 years ago (2009-07-01)) Free[11] Freeware HotBasic
Qualia LAN Messenger LAN Messenger protocol Qualia Technologies 2010 1.2.35 (July 25, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-07-25)) Free[12] GNU GPL C++
Softros LAN Messenger ? Softros Systems, Inc. 2000 5.1.3 (September 26, 2013; 14 months ago (2013-09-26)) Non-free, shareware $10.95 Proprietary ?
Squiggle LAN Messenger ? Overroot 2010 3.3 (March 16, 2013; 20 months ago (2013-03-16)) Free[13] Freeware C#
TSR LAN Messenger ? TSR Software 2012 1.1.5.124 (November 16, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-11-16)) Free[14] Proprietary C#
Vypress Chat Vypress Chat network protocol VyPRESS Research, LLC 2000 2.1.8 (December 11, 2009; 5 years ago (2009-12-11)) Non-free, shareware $19.00 Proprietary C/C++
Vypress Messenger Vypress instant messaging protocol VyPRESS Research, LLC 2000 4.0 (October 19, 2004; 10 years ago (2004-10-19)) Non-free, shareware $19.90 Proprietary C/C++
WinMessenger Windows Messenger service VyPRESS Research, LLC 2001 2.8.04 (March 19, 2010; 4 years ago (2010-03-19)) Non-free, shareware $14.00 Proprietary C/C++
Winpopup LAN Messenger ? Fomine Software 2002 5.3 (June 18, 2008; 6 years ago (2008-06-18)) Non-free, shareware $14.95 Proprietary ?
LAN Messenger v3 ? Ken Ballentine (updated by Steven Cole) 2006 3.4 (May 21, 2011; 3 years ago (2011-05-21)) Free Freeware Visual Basic .NET

Operating system support[edit]

The operating systems the messengers can run on without emulators or compatibility layers.

Windows OS X Linux BSD Unix
AChat Yes No No No No
Akeni LAN Messenger Yes No Yes No No
BigAnt Messenger Yes Yes No No No
Bopup Messenger Yes No No No No
BORGChat Yes No No No No
DeskAlerts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
dMessage Yes No No No No
iChat No Yes No No No
iptux No No Yes No No
LAN Chat Enterprise Yes No No No No
LinPopUp No No Yes No No
Miranda IM Yes No No No No
Net-C Yes Yes Yes Yes No
OMessenger Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Pichat Yes No Yes Yes No
PopNote Yes No No No No
Qualia LAN Messenger Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Softros LAN Messenger Yes No No No No
Squiggle LAN Messenger Yes No No No No
TSR LAN Messenger Yes No No No No
Vypress Chat Yes No No No No
Vypress Messenger Yes No No No No
WinMessenger Yes No No No No
Winpopup LAN Messenger Yes No No No No
LAN Messenger v3 Yes No No No No

Features[edit]

Information on what features each of the clients support.

Toolkits or SDKs Private messages Private chat Public chat Message board Encryption File transfer Unicode (UTF-8) Message filtration Graphical smileys Message logging Whiteboard Terminal Service Compatibility User base in Active Directory Serverless (No server required)
AChat No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No Yes No No No Yes
Akeni LAN Messenger No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
BigAnt Messenger W32 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Bopup Messenger W32 Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
BORGChat No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
dMessage No Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
iChat 1 No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No No No No No
iptux No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes
LAN Chat Enterprise No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No Yes
LinPopUp No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No Yes
Miranda IM ? Yes ? ? ? ? Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes
Net-C No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Yes
Overroot Squiggle LAN Messenger No Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes No No Yes Yes No No No Yes
OMessenger No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Pichat W32 + Linux Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
PopNote No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Yes No No No Yes
Qualia LAN Messenger No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes
Softros LAN Messenger W32 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
TSR LAN Messenger No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes
Vypress Chat No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Vypress Messenger No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
WinMessenger No Yes No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Winpopup LAN Messenger W32 Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Lan Messenger V3 No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No No No No Yes

Note 1: Using Apple's Bonjour protocol

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