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Developer(s)Mikael Berthe
Initial releaseJune 7, 2005
Stable release
1.1.2[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 19 September 2020; 2 years ago (19 September 2020)
Written inC
Operating systemLinux, Mac OS X, BSD, ...
Available inEnglish

MCabber is a free software client for the instant messaging protocol XMPP with a text user interface based on ncurses. It runs on a range of platforms, including Linux, BSD, and Mac OS X. As free software it is freely available – including the source code – under the terms of the GNU GPL-2.0-or-later. MCabber is the successor of Alejandro Jimenez Macias's (AJMacias, Winnetou) earlier Cabber that has had releases from 2002 to 2004. In 2005 it has been forked off the last version of Cabber (0.5.0).


MCabber supports end-to-end encryption with either OpenPGP or Off-the-Record Messaging. Furthermore, it supports:

  • Multi-User Chat (MUC)
  • Message Carbons (XEP-0280)
  • History logging
  • External action triggers
  • Dynamic modules
  • Enchant/Aspell for spellchecking
  • Documentation available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian language.

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