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Centericq is a text mode menu- and window-driven IM interface that supports the ICQ2000, Yahoo!, AIM, IRC, MSN, Gadu-Gadu and Jabber protocols. Actually, it was written since I didn't find any usable software of this kind that would suit me perfectly. Brief list of program's features follows.

  • Text mode user interface
    • Based on the ncurses library
    • Provides windows, menus and dialogs
    • Configurable color schemes
    • Ability to use the program remotely via telnet or ssh
    • Configuration is done with dialogs
    • Support for displaying Hebrew and Arabic texts
    • UI messages translated into 15 languages
  • General instant messaging features
    • ICQ, Yahoo!, AIM, IRC, MSN, Gadu-Gadu and Jabber are supported
    • Sending, receiving and forwarding events
    • Command line parameters for sending events through an already running instance
    • Mass-sending events
    • Contact list groups support
    • Configurable sounds for specific events and users
    • External programs to process incoming events
    • Viewing users' personal data
    • Updating self user info
    • List of ignored users
    • Configurable servers' hostnames and port numbers
    • Ability to use http proxy (method CONNECT; optionally with proxy auth) to connect to IM servers
  • ICQ support
    • Sending and receiving messages, URLs, contacts and SMSes
    • Receiving e-mail express and web pager messages
    • Delivery of SMSes through e-mail gateways supported by Mirabilis
    • Sending SMSes to any phone numbers, feature to send from the command line
    • Searching for users by their UINs, through White Pages and by keywords
    • Random chat: searching for availble persons and setting own chat group
    • Registering of new UINs
    • Setting own and reading others' away messages
    • Server-based contact lists
    • Controllable visibility and invisibility for specific users
    • Peer-to-peer port range specification
  • Yahoo! support
    • File transfers
    • Conferencing
    • Fetching of custom status messages
    • Typing notifications
    • Searching for users through directory
  • Jabber support
    • Users directory search
    • PGP encryption for messages
    • SSL secured connections
    • vCard information: both fetching and updating
    • Registration on services supported by server
    • Invisible mode
    • Groupchat
  • IRC support
    • Support for private and channel-wide chat
    • Showing IRC contacts on the list as well as detecting their being online
    • Advanced user listing modes
    • NickServ authentification support
    • File transfers
    • The PING command
    • Password protected channels
  • Integrated client for LiveJournal
    • Posting of entries into a journal
    • Friend list management tools
    • Notifications about new entries in friends' journals
    • Notifications when someone adds or removes your account from their friend list
    • Notifications about birthdays of LJ friends
  • Other
    • Integrated RSS-feeds reader
    • Builds and works under Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Sun Solaris, Windows and MacOS X/Darwin
    • Script for migrating contact list and history from licq, kxicq2, gnomeicu and micq
    • Logging of program's actions
    • Re-reading the configuration on-fly if changed
    • Extensive and interesting documentation
    • The friendly and active users community at the fan-club site

  • NEW! Centericq use/Konst hate t-shirts designed by Konst who once did 9 years of fine arts. Resulted from the recent flame war on the mailing list, it's a must have for every true centericq fan. Don't miss it. Order now konst hate gear or konst love gear.

    Distributed under the GNU General Public License.

    Enjoy the program? Feel free to donate!

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  • Recent 10 donators
    • Robin Clarke
    • Thomas Graf
    • Yuriy Vlasov
    • Sean Goodman
    • Mike Cathey
    • David Cid
    • Chris Simiskey
    • Vincent Lussenburg
    • Anthony Belleau
    • John Turek

  • Our company tightened it's security policy. They won't allow any chat programs, external e-mail access (not even webmail), yadda yadda yadda. But they DO allow ssh! So now we all ssh to our home machines so we can chat using centericq!
    -- Gnik

  • Release 4.21.0 from 02 Sep 2005
  • Other things

  • ChangeLog
    The Centericq Fan Club
    The GNU License

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