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][2] BeeBEEP Protocol Marco Mastroddi 2010 5.8.2 (November 6, 2019; 11 months ago (2019-11-06)) Free GNU GPLv3 C++ and Qt
BORGChat ? Ionut Cioflan 2002 v1.0.0 b438 (March 31, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-03-31)) [±] Free[3] Freeware ?
Briar Bramble Protocol 2018 1.1.5 (November 13, 2018; 23 months ago (2018-11-13)) Free GNU GPLv3 Java
iChat Bonjour IM Protocol Apple Inc. 2003 5.0.3 (745), (April 26, 2010; 10 years ago (2010-04-26)) Non-free, bundled with OS Proprietary Likely Objective-C
iptux[4] Windows Messenger service Jally, ManPT, others 2008 0.51 (November 20, 2009; 10 years ago (2009-11-20)) Free[5] GNU GPL ?
Miranda IM Windows Messenger service Roland Rabien 2000 0.10.56 (August 12, 2016; 4 years ago (2016-08-12)) Free GNU GPL C/C++
MyChat MyChat protocol Alexey Pikurov 2004 7.7.0 (August 21, 2019) Paid/Free Proprietary software Python
Pidgin[6] Bonjour IM Protocol Mark Spencer, others 1998 2.11.0 (June 20, 2016; 4 years ago (2016-06-20)) Free GNU GPL C
qTox Tox Protocol Tux3 ? 1.16.1 (July 7, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-07-07)) Free GNU GPLv3 C++ and Qt

Operating system support[edit]

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


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 Yes Yes Yes
BORGChat No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Briar No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No 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
Miranda IM ? Yes ? ? ? ? Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes
MyChat Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes No
qTox No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes

Note 1: Using Apple's Bonjour protocol

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BeeBEEP (Free Office Messenger)". Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  2. ^ Wallen, Jack (2012-08-22). "Get LAN-based interoffice secure chat with BeeBEEP". TechRepublic. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  3. ^ "BORGChat". Softpedia. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  4. ^ Wallen, Jack (2010-09-17). "Instant message on your LAN with iptux". Ghacks. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  5. ^ "iptux". Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Use Pidgin for Chatting And Transferring Files on Local Network Without Internet Connection". Retrieved 9 December 2016.