I’ve been looking for a web based XMPP client and found about 20 in the list on xmpp.org. I skimmed through them and as a Free Software license is mandatory for me, I was left with 7 clients. I haven’t had the time to try any of them on my own machine yet, but here is what I found so far:
- Salut à Toi looks very cool. The feature list is quite impressive. Just look at the “Pipe over XMPP” feature! The web interface (what I am actually looking for) is called Libervia, but according to their wiki, installation is “currently a bit tricky”. So, as I am no expert, I will try other options first.
- Converse.js can be tested on the spot with any jabber account. I tried it with an old unused account and it worked perfectly. Installation of the
minimal stuff seems fairly easy and will probably suffice for my needs.
- Jappix has a mini “applet” that looks similar to Converse.js.
- Jwchat seems to open numerous little browser windows according to the screen shots. Since I don’t like that, it will not be my first choice.
- Claros uses a modified Mozilla license. I don’t like the use of exotic licenses, so I put this aside, too.
- xmppwebchat development seems to have stalled.
- And so has Ignite (latest build: 2008).
I will try my luck with converse.js first. Second choice will be Jappix and then Salut à Toi. If you have any experience with XMPP web clients or have further recommendations, please let me know!