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I only use Google Talk, and was wondering if there were any jabber command line clients for windows? I prefer command-line as I use it a lot on a day to day basis, and it seems much easier. The client can be either some windows only program, or a python/ruby/perl script. anything is fine.

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MCabber is a (quite popular, I think) text-mode client.

mcabber is a small Jabber console client. mcabber includes features such as SASL/SSL/TLS support, MUC (Multi-User Chat) support, history logging, command completion, OpenPGP encryption, OTR (Off-the-Record Messaging) support, dynamic modules and external action triggers.

Finch (Pidgin)

The multi-protocol client Pidgin offers a text client: Finch.

Finch is a console-based IM program that lets you sign on to AIM, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo!, and other IM networks.

GNU Freetalk

There is also Freetalk:

Freetalk is a console based Jabber client. It features a readline interface with completion of buddy names, commands, and even ordinary English words. Freetalk is extensible, configurable, and scriptable through a Guile interface.


A plugin for irssi (which is an IRC client): irssi-xmpp

irssi-xmpp is an irssi plugin to connect to the Jabber network.

Its aim is to provide a good integration in this text-based irc client and a good support of XMPP (the Jabber protocol).


Poezio is a free console XMPP client (the protocol on which the Jabber IM network is built).


Profanity is a simple Jabber client written in C using ncurses and libstrophe, inspired by Irssi.

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Thanks, I went with Profanity. – Link Sep 4 '12 at 15:29

CenterIM5 supports XMPP (and GTalk) as well. It has a nice curses interface but requires you to type ctrl+x to send messages. That was a show stopper for me: too much effort. Your mileage might vary.

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