Tinode is not XMPP/Jabber. It is not compatible with XMPP. It's meant as a replacement for XMPP. On the surface, it's a lot like open source WhatsApp or Telegram.
The promise of XMPP was to deliver federated instant messaging: anyone would be able to spin up an IM server capable of exchanging messages with any other XMPP server in the world. Unfortunately, XMPP never delivered on this promise. Instant messengers are still a bunch of incompatible walled gardens, similar to what AoL of the late 1990s was to the open Internet.
The goal of this project is to deliver on XMPP's original vision: create a modern open platform for federated instant messaging with an emphasis on mobile communication. A secondary goal is to create a decentralized IM platform that is much harder to track and block by the governments.
A public Tinode service is now available. You can use it just like any other instant messenger. Keep in mind that demo accounts present in sandbox are not available in the public service. You must register an account using valid email in order to use the service.
TinodeWeb, a single page web app, is available at https://web.tinode.co/ (source). See screenshots below. Currently available in English, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish. More translations are welcome.
Tinode for Android a.k.a Tindroid is stable and functional (source). See the screenshots below. A debug APK is also provided for convenience. Currently available in English, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish. More translations are welcome.
A sandboxed demo service is available at https://sandbox.tinode.co/.
Log in as one of
frank. Password is
<login>123, e.g. login for
alice123. You can discover other users by email or phone by prefixing them with
tel: respectively. Emails are
[email protected], phones are
When you register a new account you are asked for an email address to send validation code to. For demo purposes you may use
123456 as a universal validation code. The code you get in the email is also valid.
User not found or offlinemeans the server was reset while you were connected. If you see it on the web, reload and relogin. On Android log out and re-login. If the database was changed, delete the app then reinstall.
Tinois a basic chatbot which responds with a random quote to any message.
123456as a verification code. Remove line
tinode.confto disable this option.
All client software has support for internationalization. Translations are provided on all platforms for English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish. On all but iOS: Russian, Korean, German. More translations are welcome. Particularly interested in Arabic, Vietnamese, Persian, Indonesian, Portuguese, Hindi, Bengali.
Words 'chat' and 'instant messaging' in Chinese, Russian, Persian and a few other languages.