Thursday, 14 January 2016

Tox - open source replacement for proprietary IM protocols (such as skype)

Tox is an open source instant messaging protocol supporting text, sending files,
video chats and so on.
qTox, ┬ÁTox, Antox, Toxic, Antidote and others
are open source clients for this protocol.

Available on Linux, Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS
and anywhere you ready to port it
https://tox.chat/

Unlike Skype and ICQ Tox using decentralized DHT network for p2p communication.
User ID (hash) looks like
0ECA261D206B8D3899A8B0B751BF37206E3CCD73ACE2C4C3B79A9CB9505B301C642D14F43AD7


Tox FAQ:
https://wiki.tox.chat/users/faq
Here's a list of Tox bootstrap nodes for DHT network:
https://nodes.tox.chat/

There's also so called ToxDNS for shorter and human readable contact names.
It is possible to use 3rd party DNS or to establish own one:
https://wiki.tox.chat/users/toxdns
(it is considered to be less safe than hash, however if you control own DNS it should not be a problem)

Link to the Tox Core repo:
https://github.com/irungentoo/toxcore (crossplatform C)

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