What we know as XMPP today was initially referred to as Jabber. In the late 1990s, it was primarily known for instant messaging technology and gradually extended to multiple features. XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) is an application written both for iOS and Androids.
This open communication protocol is a blueprint for applications worldwide. For instance, can you imagine having a chat application on your Android phone and the same application on your Windows computer?
These apps need to speak the same languages to exchange data, and that's where Jabber comes to the fore. In simple terms, it acts as a translator for these systems. Today, you can configure Jabber for Android and Apple systems.
Keep reading below to learn more about this open-source application.
A Brief Introduction To Jabber/XMPP
Jeremie Miller invented Jabber in 1998. The open IM (Instant Messaging) technology in a later stage was formalized as XMPP by the Internet Standard for Messaging and Presence (IETF). It is based on Extensible Markup Language (XML), a file format for reconstructing, storing, and transmitting inconsistent data.
This open-source IM technology is a blueprint for bartering messages between the systems. It connects the client and server using the same TCP listener. Furthermore, it distinguishes two types of connections based on XML.
Besides subscribing and publishing services, Jabber is also used for file transfer and fixing IoT (Internet of Things). The service can be applied by anyone and operational with other applications.
Its specifications and code are open to anyone allowing people to implement and learn. You can also easily set up the Jabber server enabling people to create accounts and send messages. Google Talk, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger utilize a degree of XMPP. In fact, Google Talk was the largest at one point.
So, how to one use this open-source application? In short, it's mainly similar to email, like registering an account. It’s followed by connecting with a provider and then sending a message to other Jabber users.
Jabber isn't limited only to messages. You can also send files, photos, audio clips, and video calls.
Configuring Jabber For Linux
Are you wondering how to install Jabber on Linux? It can be a bit tricky but not impossible. Once you get the hang of it, the process gets easier. Check the steps below:
Go to Jabber’s official website and then download the installation file.
Open the folder by unzipping the file.
Switch into the Jabber installation directory by opening a terminal window.
In order to configure, press ./ and enter.
Type ‘make’ and press the enter button.
Type ‘make install’ and then enter.
Type ‘Jabberd’ and press the enter button.
There you go! The application is ready to run on your Linux system.
Configuring Jabber For Apple Devices
Jabber is an established IM protocol used by millions. Not many might be aware of it, but it is used regardless. There are also numerous XMPP providers like Cisco Jabber that have a dominant presence in the market.
Whether it’s Jabber for Mac or other iOS devices, you can install this app without hassle. You can go to the Apple store and download Cisco Jabber. Ensure that it's up to date with the latest technology, and your iOS devices should also be with the newest version for best results.
That said, here is how to install Jabber on your iOS device:
Go to the app store and download Jabber.
Tap ‘OK’ or log in to the iTunes Store if you’re advised to do so.
After completing the installation, tap or launch the app.
Tap 'OK' on a pop-up message that will ask you to have access to your contacts.
Tap 'OK or 'Don't Allow' on the message asking whether to use Siri with Cisco Jabber.
Tap ‘Allow’ to the notification message.
Tap ‘Accept’ after reading the terms and conditions.
Once done, you can start by swiping left. Press ‘Get Started Now.'
Tap ‘OK’ to message asking for access to the microphone.
Once the installation process is done, sign in with the required email ID and continue.
Configuring Jabber For Windows
You can also install the Jabber app on your Windows system. Check the steps below:
Go to Jabber’s official website and download the application. Once downloaded, install the app.
Open the installation folder and launch the app by clicking the 'configure' option.
Log in with the required Jabber credentials.
You can go to the 'General Tab' and change settings as you prefer.
Finally, press ‘OK’ to save the changes.
How To Use Jabber For Mobile Devices
Jabber application is also operational on mobile devices, whether it's Android or iPhone. You must install the app from your preferred Jabber provider, like any other system. Go to Google Play or Apple Store to download and install. After completing the installation, log in with the required email address and then continue.
Once you log in, you'll see your contact list. Save it and see its availability. If it is available, tap the contact name and start chatting. Also, you need to be signed in to receive calls on your mobile.
If you don’t want to receive calls or don’t want to be disturbed, then close the app instead of logging out. You will not get calls if the app is not running. Another option would be setting it to the app's ' Do Not Disturb' status.
You can accept calls, voicemails or add a person to your contact list by giving access and tapping the preferred option. One can also view recent calls by opening the ‘Calls’ icon. You can filter missed calls or check overall calls.
For adding contacts, go to the ‘Contact’ icon and then press the ‘+’ to add contacts. Type the name of the person, email, or username you wish to add to the list. There is also an option for a favorite list. Go to the 'i' option and then click.