Currently we are using Google Talk as messenger at our work place. Now we are supposed to replace it with some LAN based messenger. It should have at least following features chatting ( if logs are stored some where than it is good ), File sharing. Thanks.


you could run openfire

  • it uses jabber (the same protocol as gtalk) so your learning curve is minimal - its free, with the option of support (with some paid plugins) and fairly simple to set up and run. management is through a web interface. Its free and open source as well, and runs on windows or linux
  • Running your own Jabber server allows for open standards-based chat serving. Plus this would allow you to log chats if need be.
    – jweede
    Sep 8 '09 at 11:44
  • I implemented Openfire years ago and have been VERY pleased ever since. Sep 8 '09 at 13:44
  • checked it thoroughly now.. and without any hesitation its one of the best. Recommended. Thanks.
    – MRG
    Sep 9 '09 at 9:43
  • Thank you very much! I was looking for a solution like this for a long time. Openfire + Spark is an excellent option for business usage. Apr 25 '12 at 12:57

Pidgen ZeroConf using the Bonjour protocol no server to setup, the users can see each other as they come online via brodcast Link explain installation on Windows/Linux/Mac

Using it for the better half of the year, works_as_expected = true;

Update: you don't have to : "Use the SAME 'Hostname' for ALL clients" as the guid explains

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    Pidgin is free, open-source and pretty easy to setup for your users. Not to mention that the ZeroConf "Bonjour" is a standard so your users could pick a different client (Adium, iChat for Mac)
    – jweede
    Sep 8 '09 at 11:44
  • I tested it today but some how after working for few minutes when I tried file transfer it stopped working .. Tried hard to figure it out but was not able to got it right.
    – MRG
    Sep 8 '09 at 16:48
  • maybe there are some broadcast limits, or hardware frirewall in your network. Our company uses it on Kubuntu Sep 9 '09 at 5:50

I can only recommend LANTalk.NET, it is not free but shareware, you can try before you buy.

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Key Features

* File transfers replace e-mail attachments
* Broadcast Messaging for instant broadcasting
* Terminal Server Support
* Serverless operation with live contact list
* Paste images from clipboard
* Internal Scheduler
* HIPAA friendly instant messenger
* Active Directory support
* Offline delivery
* Graphical Emoticons and Embedded Images
* Configurable user interface
* Read-Only and Reply-Only modes to restrict social chatting
* Printing support
* Fast Replies
* Multilanguage support
* Conversation History
* Automatic Check for Updates
* Message priority 
  • Thanks Molly but I am looking for free options first. Thanks again for the information.
    – MRG
    Sep 8 '09 at 16:50
  • perfectly understandable :)
    – Molly7244
    Sep 8 '09 at 19:47

IP Messenger

  • @Sathya : I have tested it, but it is very annoying to have a popup on the middle of screen but still I will give it full marks for being light weight and easy to use. File transfer is very good.
    – MRG
    Sep 8 '09 at 16:52
  • yeah, it is a very usefull program. We use it in our office too.. Dec 26 '09 at 16:44

You can have a look at answers to my related question:

[Intranet Messaging

  • Thanks mate.. cant vote up.. but +1 from me.
    – MRG
    Sep 8 '09 at 17:07

I have used Borgchat mostly because of its Multilanguage support and easy access to other Computers shared folders.


I would recommend Teamtalk. Teamtalk offers Chat, File Sharing & Remote Desktop all in one tool. Also, it works with both Windows & Mac.

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