emesene (software)

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emesene under the GNOME desktop environment
emesene under the GNOME desktop environment
Developer(s)emesene team
Initial release2006; 14 years ago (2006)
Stable release
2.12.5 / June 5, 2012; 8 years ago (2012-06-05)
Preview release
Git: 2.12.6-dev / 2012
Written inPython
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeInstant Messaging
LicenseGNU GPL

emesene was an open source instant messaging client designed for use with Microsoft Messenger service. It is a clone of Windows Live Messenger. emesene is the Spanish (also Portuguese and French) pronunciation of MSN, former name of Windows Live Messenger. It also supports external messaging services accessible via XMPP such as Facebook Messenger and Google Talk.

Its goal is to replicate the functions of the official Windows Live client in a simpler, cleaner and easier to use interface.

emesene is licensed under the GNU General Public License, and is developed by Luis Mariano Guerra along with other contributors.

In 2013, Microsoft decided to shut down the Microsoft Messenger service, and as such emesene can no longer be used as an MSN Messaging client.[1] However, emesene can still be used to access other networks, such as XMPP.

In light of the shutdown, a developer named Riccardo has encouraged users to port emesene to other networks, such as Whatsapp.[2]


emesene is cross-platform, with binaries available for Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. The program is written using Python, GTK+, PyGTK and Pycairo.


The current version of emesene is compatible with the Windows Live Messenger protocol MSNP18, XMPP, Facebook Messenger and Google Talk.

Supported Windows Live Messenger features[edit]

  • Offline messaging
  • Personal messages
  • Nudges
  • Contact list retrieval from server
  • Nickname and Avatar retrieval from server
  • Tabbed chat windows
  • Blocking/Unblocking Contacts
  • File transfer
  • "Now Playing" personal messages (via plugin)

Specific emesene features[edit]


Emesene2 has been released, but is still under active development, polishing and enhancement. Some modifications targeted at development:

  • New plugin system
  • Session management (MSNP, XMPP, eserver)
  • GUI separated from the protocol library
  • All the protocol stuff runs on different threads
  • The code is structured, documented and validated using pylint and following the PEP-8 guidelines
  • Panel & Window Theming

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MSN Messenger Is Completely Shutting Down On October 31st", Forbes, 31 August 2014.
  2. ^ "msn has been shutdown" Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, Riccardo (c10ud), 19 March 2013.

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