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φ chat: Faculty Jabber

What is Jabber?

Jabber (XMPP) is an instant messaging system whose key advantage lies in its open specification and distributed implementation.

To use it, you must have a client installed, e.g., multiplatform Pidgin or Jabbim but there are also others.

How Can I Connect?

All faculty users have their own Jabber account (JID) set up, whose form is and can be accessed using their faculty password.

Connection configurations may differ for individual clients but mostly you just need to select the Jabber/XMPP protocol, fill in your JID and your password. You can also try our web interface.

Some Jabber clients may request a detailed configuration setup. Use the following parameters:

Chat Rooms

Communication among several users may take place via so-called conferences (chat rooms, multi-user chat, MUC). Only faculty users may take part in conferences run on our server. Please note records of these conferences are archived and are available to the unix administrators. The faculty conference room address is (you can usually abbreviate it to room). General discussions take place at

Users and conferences may be searched using service discovery. Details differ with individual clients but, in principle, their use is intuitive.

Contacts on Other Servers

You can message and receive messages from any Jabber user connected to any other server if it supports it and doesn't restrict this functionality. All you need to do is to add the corresponding JID to your contacts.