Jabber Clients

Configuring Jabber clients for use with Riseup's chat service.

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Features to look for

OTR? If yes, this client has built in support for OTR (off the record) which provides end-to-end encryption of chat messages and has perfect-forward-secrecy.
Jingle? If yes, this client can used for voice or video chat.
Proxy? If yes, this client may connect through a proxy and that the client obeys the proxy settings.
SSL/TLS? If yes, this client support secure connections with the chat provider.
Tor? If yes, this client can correctly use Tor to circumvent censorship and to access services anonymously. If no, then the client should not be used with Tor.

Recommended clients

Client Supported OS OTR? Jingle? Proxy? SSL/TLS? Tor? Comments
Empathy GNU/Linux No Yes Yes (GNOME) Yes (GNOME) ? Open source. Stable and easy to use.
ChatSecure Android & iOS Yes No Yes Yes Yes Open source. Native Tor support.
Pidgin Windows, GNU/Linux Yes Yes (Linux) Yes Yes Yes Open source. Stable with many features. Use most current version.
Adium Mac Yes No Yes Yes Partial Open source. Good native build of Pidgin for Mac, but rarely updates libpurple. DNS and URL hovering information leaks.
Beem Android No No ? ? ? Open source. Stable native android app. Does not support group chats.
Miranda Windows Yes No ? ? ? Open source. Stable client with many plugins.

Other clients

Client Supported OS OTR? Jingle? Proxy? SSL/TLS? Tor? Comments
Jitsi Mac, Windows, GNU/Linux Yes Yes ? ? ? Open source. Written in Java.
Pandion Windows No No ? ? ? Open source. Nice stable windows jabber client.
Psi Mac, Windows, GNU/Linux No Yes ? ? ? Open source. Stable native application.
Spark Mac, Windows, GNU/Linux Yes Yes ? ? ? Open source. Anyone tried it? Written in Java.
iChat Mac No No ? ? ? Apple’s built-in chat application has support for jabber, but to a limited degree.

Clients to avoid

Client Supported OS OTR? Jingle? Proxy? SSL/TLS? Tor? Comments
Gajim Windows, GNU/Linux No Yes Yes Yes Yes Open source. Nice jabber client written in python, but currently there is no way to ensure a secure connection. Maybe this has been fixed by now? Not sure.