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
BeeBEEP [1] BeeBEEP Protocol Marco Mastroddi 2010 4.0.0 (August 1, 2017; 6 months ago (2017-08-01)) Free QPL C++ and Qt
Bit Chat Bit Chat Protocol Technitium 2011 4.5.1 (September 24, 2016; 16 months ago (2016-09-24)) Free[2] GNU GPLv3 C#
BORGChat ? Ionut Cioflan 2002 v1.0.0 b438 (March 31, 2007; 10 years ago (2007-03-31)) [±] Free[3] Freeware ?
iChat Bonjour IM Protocol Apple Inc. 2003 5.0.3 (745), (April 26, 2010; 7 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; 8 years ago (2009-11-20)) Free[4] GNU GPL ?
LinPopUp Windows Messenger service Jean-Marc Jacquet 2000 1.2.0 (Debian, April 7, 2008; 9 years ago (2008-04-07)) Free[5] GNU GPL C
Miranda IM Windows Messenger service Roland Rabien 2000 0.10.56 (August 12, 2016; 17 months ago (2016-08-12)) Free GNU GPL C/C++
Pidgin[6] ? Mark Spencer, others 1998 2.11.0 (June 20, 2016; 19 months ago (2016-06-20)) Free GNU GPL C
Qualia LAN Messenger LAN Messenger protocol Qualia Technologies 2010 1.2.37 (November 10, 2016; 14 months ago (2016-11-10)) Free[7] GNU GPL C++

Operating system support[edit]

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

Windows OS X Linux BSD Unix
BeeBEEP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bit Chat Yes No Yes No No
BORGChat Yes No No No No
iChat No Yes No No No
iptux No No Yes No No
LinPopUp No No Yes No No
Miranda IM Yes No No No No
Qualia LAN Messenger Yes Yes Yes No Yes


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)
BeeBEEP No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Bit Chat No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No Yes
BORGChat No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No 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
LinPopUp No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No Yes
Miranda IM ? Yes ? ? ? ? Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes
Qualia LAN Messenger No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes

Note 1: Using Apple's Bonjour protocol

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BeeBEEP (Secure Lan Messenger)". Retrieved 2 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "Bit Chat". Technitium. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "BORGChat". Softpedia. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "iptux". Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "A Linux Enhanced port of Winpopup". Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Use Pidgin for Chatting And Transferring Files on Local Network Without Internet Connection". Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "An opensource LAN messenger". GitHub. Retrieved 9 December 2016.