MCabber is a console-based Jabber client, released under the GNU GPL.

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  • mcabber is a text Jabber client including features such as SSL/TLS/SASL support, history logging, commands completion, external actions triggers and dynamic modules. It also has PGP, OTR (Off-the-Record Messaging) and Aspell/Enchant support.
  • mcabber is reported to run on the following platforms: GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X and Cygwin.
  • The following Jabber specifications are supported (in the development version):

Getting started

Have a look at the Getting Started page for help on running mcabber for the first time.

You can read the small User Guide as well to get a quick overview.


MCabber >= 0.10.0 supports dynamic Modules (a.k.a. plugins).


See the Tips And Tricks page for some (maybe) useful advice. Don't forget to check the Frequently Asked Questions.


You can download mcabber tarballs from the main site.

Maybe there exist mcabber package for your operating system.


See the Hacking page for information on helping with the development of mcabber.