What is IMCom

IMCom is a command-line Jabber client written in Python.
Its original goal was to replace mICQ as my instant messenger. To that end it looks very similar to mICQ, though the actual command interpreter is a bit different. Commands are issued to IMCom in a style similar to IRC.

What does IMCom support?

IMCom supports the following Jabber technologies:

  • Sending/Receiving Messages
  • Presence Updates
  • File Transfer
  • SSL Connections
  • vCard retrieval and submission
  • Basic Support of the jabber:iq:admin namespace
  • Agent and Transport Registration
  • Handles Jabber Resources properly
  • Jabber Group Chat
  • Jabber Multi-User-Chat (JEP0045)
  • Jabber:x:data (JEP0004) (Only partial support, submit only, not retrieve)

IMCom supports the following UI stuffs:

  • Command customization
  • Multi-line messages
  • Sending a message to a particular resource a user is logged in from
  • ignore and lurker group support
  • Auto-Status
  • Reply/Again (sending a message to the last person to message you and sending a message to the last person you messaged
  • Color customization
  • Command Customization
  • Multiple profile support
  • Generic module support

What does IMCom require?

IMCom first and foremost requires a python interpreter which can be obtained at www.python.org. I have tested with Linux C Python 2.2. IMCom will function with Python 2.1, but the new module support will be disabled. IMCom uses Python's metaclass enhancements that were introduced in 2.2 for handling modules.

IMCom requires the pyexpat or expat module for python. Note that while the windows binary distribution of python includes the expat parser the linux source by default doesn't build in support for expat. You have to edit the Setup file in the Modules subdirectory of the source tree and specify where the expat library and includes are kept. For more information about building python with expat support read the python README and the Modules/Setup.in file from the python source tree.

The expat library itself can be found here:http://www.jclark.com/xml/expat.html

It is highly recommended, but not required, to have the readline module for python installed as well. Readline needs to be explicitly compiled in under unix. Windows does not ship with readline, but supposedly there is a working implementation here: http://newcenturycomputers.net/projects/readline.html

If you're lazy you can go to ActiveState and get ActivePython which includes everything you need.

Where can I get IMCom?


Who Maintains IMCom

Casey Crabb created IMCom.

M.Kiesel tries to maintain it these days.