Jabber Services

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XMPP servers allow you to message users on other IM networks (such as AIM, MSN, ICQ, and Yahoo) using Service Transports. This allows you to use any XMPP-enabled IM client (such as iChat) to talk to people from any IM network you choose. As far as we know, this only works for text chat – not audio/video chat or file transfers.

Setting up a Jabber service

  1. Use the Panel to set up a XMPP account on DreamHost.
  2. Download a XMPP client with which you'll use to connect.
    Lightbulb wiki.png Tip: There are a number of clients to choose from, one of which is Psi which is open-source, cross-platform, and very feature rich (though UI design may not be it's strong point).


  3. Install your client of choice and follow the instructions to connect with your XMPP account.
    Note2 icon.png Note:
    • iChat allows you to connect to XMPP and chat with people, but it doesn't do the Service Discovery needed to set up the transport link to another IM network.
    • At this point, it's best to follow the rest of the instructions using a client such as Psi.
    • Once you have set up the XMPP transport and connected with friends, you can then go back to using iChat and set up the XMPP account in there.
    • The same applies to Pidgin/Gaim, which can use transport services once they have been registered, but cannot be used to register any new services.


Discovering the Service Transports

    Important icon.png Important: Unfortunately, this step does not work on DreamHost, due to compatibility with the Jabber daemon we use.


Once you have set up the XMPP account, you will need to discover the Service Transports.

Depending on the client you use, do the following:

  1. Find the Service Discovery menu (in Psi, it's in the General Menu).
    In the Services list you should see options such as AIM, ICQ, and MSN.
  2. Select the transport you require and click connect.
  3. Enter your login details for this network when prompted.

Adding Friends

  • If you already had friends on the network you have added, they should automatically populate to your XMPP friends list, though you'll notice a strange format. For example, MSN friends now have addresses like bob%hotmail.com@msn.
  • Adding friends can be done using a format such as this.