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Online Web Chat Software? 30

frooyo asks: "I have been looking for sometime now to add the functionality of web chat to my website. I have been having difficulty in finding free (open source) software that allows for a moderator and N number of registered users to chat on my website. These projects look promising, but we'd like to know what others are out there. What do you use on your website for web chatting?"
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Online Web Chat Software?

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  • by vasqzr ( 619165 ) <vasqzrNO@SPAMnetscape.net> on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @09:54AM (#7733949)

    Welcome to 1996!

    Next up:

    MIDI music
    Annoying Cursors
    Useless Java Applets!
  • It all depends. (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @09:58AM (#7733983)
    On what functionalities you want. Probably one of the most full featured would be the Ethereal Realms., although, it's probably far beyond what you need/ want (and system intensive, from what I've heard from people running it).

    It's more of a chat system, than simply a chat room.

    Code http://sourceforge.net/projects/ethereal-realms/ [sourceforge.net]
    Website: http://ethereal-realms.org [ethereal-realms.org]

    And yes, it's released under the GPL

  • IRC (Score:3, Interesting)

    by jalet ( 36114 ) <alet@librelogiciel.com> on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @10:06AM (#7734067) Homepage
    Why don't you install Dancer+Dancer-Services and then the EIRC java applet ?

    Works like a charm.
    • Re:IRC (Score:2, Interesting)

      by robochan ( 706488 )
      IRC is definitely a good way to go. I use IRC and a web based client myself, and you don't even _need_ to run your own IRC daemon either. A channel can be set up on any public network, and you can almost always point the web based clients there.
      Clients/daemons are only a sourceforge/freshmeat search away...
  • If... (Score:3, Informative)

    by hookedup ( 630460 ) on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @10:21AM (#7734193)
    You've got no problems with using php/mysql for this, check out hotscripts.com php section [hotscripts.com]. Lots of free (GPL) scripts there for you to try out.
  • Whatever happened to free voice chat software, where multiple people could talk in a chat environment?

  • CGIIRC (Score:4, Informative)

    by FinestLittleSpace ( 719663 ) on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @10:40AM (#7734365)
    http://cgiirc.sourceforge.net/ is a brilliant IRC > web client, and is massivley customisable, as well as having a very very helpful creator/developer who'll respond to your needs. Try it.
    • CGIIRC is a great little ap, its offers a choice of interfaces including a mIRC like client option, and seems to have the ability to let users connect to an IRC server via port 80 connection while NOT requiring configuring proxy servers. Great if you have users trying to connect from behind firewalls.

      It supports user accounts and passwords so authentication shouldn't be a problem, and your more sohpisticated users have a nearly endless choice of other IRC clients to use to connect to your server.

      You woul
  • chat systems (Score:4, Informative)

    by Eric'sGoddess ( 217738 ) on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @10:57AM (#7734556)
    Personally, I use Aerial Chat(configured on my site: http://www.cataromance.com/chat/xindex.php [cataromance.com] -- the project: http://freshmeat.net/projects/aerialchat/ [freshmeat.net]). It's the one I settled on after trying out at least a dozen others. The problem that I've found is either they're difficult to set up or they don't work on everyone's computer. This one has a safe mode for older browsers. What I'd really like to see in a chat is the ability to moderate the chat when we have a guest speaker. Still waiting for that option. If anyone knows of a good one, let me know! :)
  • Try Voodoo Chat (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Hollinger ( 16202 ) <michael@NoSPam.hollinger.net> on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @12:50PM (#7735842) Homepage Journal
    Go look at Voodoo Chat [sourceforge.net]. I know of several sites that run it. It allows for moderators, kicking / banning users, and user profiles. It works pretty well, IMHO.

  • PHPMyChat (Score:3, Informative)

    by jptechnical ( 644454 ) on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @12:54PM (#7735873) Homepage

    PHpMyChat [phpheaven.net] comes with CPanel [cpanel.net] which is an extremely popular web hosting management package, so you might have it available and not even know it. PHPMyChat is also freely available and totally customizeable. After editing the css files I was able to make the window very small and nearly borderless so it is very lowkey for my wife whose boss treats all the employees like children.

    You can create users and private rooms and and all kinds of other stuff. Just type /help for a popup window with commands and instructions.

  • by mellon ( 7048 ) * on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @01:17PM (#7736076) Homepage
    HTTP is a really lousy transport for a bidirectional chat. It's really a question-and-response protocol, and things that speak it generally follow that way of doing things. So when you try to chat over HTTP, you wind up having to have some kind of timeout mechanism that refetches the web page every second in order to get decent interactivity, and it still provides a lousy user experience.

    I would recommend instead that you go with the Jabber protocol, which is a much better choice for chatting. Nice, friendly, free clients are available for all popular operating systems. If you really want it to look webbish, you can always use a java web app that speaks jabber. This should give you a much nicer user experience.
    • by Anonymous Coward
      you wind up having to have some kind of timeout mechanism that refetches the web page every second in order to get decent interactivity
      That's just in a theory. In practice, a lot of browsers (IE>2, NN, Mozilla, Opera>6, Konqueror, even links) support 'stream'-mode (actually, it's just a html-rendering during downloading). So user connects to the server and than retrieves new content (f.e. new chat-messages) without any refreshes. Server just doesn't close a connection but writes new c
    • Actually, I keep the connection open to the user and then force a refresh after a new message or x seconds have elapsed. (Javascript push/pull) Netscape used to support a pure 'server push' but nothing else did, so I had to resort to this push-pull.

      Web Chat Software
    • You should check out Brent Ashley's work with Javascript Remote Scripting [ashleyit.com] (ie: "getting information from the server without refreshing the page")

      a client-side javascript library which uses Dynamic HTML elements to make hidden remote procedure calls to the server. It only works asynchronously, but is known to work on Win9x, WinNT/2000, WinXP, Unix/Linux/BSD, and Mac with IE4+, NS4.x, NS6.x, Mozilla, Opera7 and Galeon.

      There use to be a real-time chat on his website. And it's all updated without refreshing

  • Webchat interfaces suck. If you use a web-based IRC client to connect to a private IRC server, people who want a non-braindead interface can connect with a real, stand-alone, client.
  • by titaniam ( 635291 ) * <slashdot@drpa.us> on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @04:31PM (#7738430) Homepage Journal
    When I needed a chat program, I just wrote one that uses a continuous html output. When you view the page the program gives you the latest comments, then hangs until more comments are added by someone else. Then it writes the output over the still open connection and hangs again... The program dies upon prolonged inactivity or if the same ip address requests the page again. When you submit a comment, a new page view gives you what you just entered and anything else typed in by others. I really fear for my webserver by posting this link (due to the way I implemented the chat, it is not good for large numbers of users at once), so it will "disappear" temporarily if trouble ensues: My chat program [drpa.us]. Let me know if you like it, and I'll pass you the code, written in Perl. It is very minimalistic, but intended to be at least viewable on any browser that can show a page before the whole document is loaded. No download of software, such as the latest java version (and short simple code) is a big plus.
  • Slashcode? (Score:4, Funny)

    by Feztaa ( 633745 ) on Tuesday December 16, 2003 @06:34PM (#7739878) Homepage
    You could use Slashcode [slashcode.com], IIRC they have a half-decent demo of it [slashdot.org] in production.
  • Its not Open-Source as in Free but it is the closest one could come. It costs just $5 and the author gives you all the source code and flash files. It is built on MySQL/PHP/Flash 6. It is ready outta the box and can be customized to the nth degree.

    Here's the link: http://www.tufat.com/chat.php [tufat.com]

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  • ...at the time, the only other options (real options, not unteseted on large installations) were IChat and Volano, which both cost lots.

    So, I wrote one in Java. And I've kept updating it, it's pretty nice, fully skinnable Applet (to fit in with look and feel of website), uses the Non-Blocking java.nio classes (i.e., no more need for 1 thread per connection, so it scales VERY well, at least 10000 concurrent connections is what I've tested up to), has an SSL web server built in for the admininstration inte
  • I've also been doing some research on web based chat in a production environment for elearning courses. This module released by the University of Toronto's Atutor project looks promising: http://www.atutor.ca/achat/ [atutor.ca]

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