Monal - XMPP chat 4+

Open source Messenger

Anurodh Pokharel

    • 3.2 • 61 Ratings
    • Free

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Description

There has never been a better time to get into XMPP, a free public chat network no one controls or owns. Monal is a fast and user friendly way to use XMPP. Just download the app, login or register and you are ready to chat in minutes. It looks and works the way other apps do, so there is no need to “learn XMPP” or even care what it is.

Notable features:
-Open Source
- No Ads! Strong focus on privacy. Does not phone home and does not have "metrics" software 
- Does not read any personal information.
- With a direct connection to your server, your password and all other info is never sent to a third party.
- OMEMO encrypted chat
- Will work with corporate XMPP servers that require VPN
- MUC multi user chat

Implements XMPP certain extensions intended to improve mobile communication.
- XEP-0357: Push Notifications
- XEP-0280: Message Carbons keep messages in synch between clients.
- XEP-0198: Stream Management to quickly reconnect.
- XEP-0199: XMPP Ping to maintain connections.
- XEP-0313: Message Archive Management to download chat history.
- XEP-0352: Client State Indication for dramatic reduction on power use.
- XEP-0363: HTTP File Upload to send images in conversations.

What’s New

Version 5.1.1

Only fetch muc avatars on hash changes
Disable background image by default in new installs
Only display active chats of enabled accounts
Fix crash when trying to scan QR codes
Fix crash when accounts are disabled
Fix nickname field of contact details to show only for 1:1 chats
Add support for sharing any file type with Monal via share sheet
Introduce new OMEMO keys UI
Implement new framework for mandatory handler arguments
Fix crash if Monal retrieves a muc group message via mam while the sender is currently not joined
Many bugfixes and improvements

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

chibzly ,

Best iOS client

Monal is the best xmpp client for iOS by a fairly substantial margin. Unfortunately it’s still a little rough around the edges, but omemo mostly works now, and finally notifications mostly work. It looks like MUCs are starting to work now, however this currently results in a lot of notification spam with no way to mute channels. It’s still very difficult to recommend xmpp for people on iOS devices, but it is getting better and monal has made some good strides towards this over time. Unfortunately, progress is a little slow… I believe there’s only one person really working on it. Hopefully the new muc stuff gets sorted out and hopefully the app gets a little bit of polish soon! It’s mostly fine… but having used it for a few years it still feels fragile to me.

Developer Response ,

Well, at least mucs are now working, right? ;)
We will include finer control of notifications for muscs (silent, mention, all) in the 5.1 release.

Wild Ion ,

I have some questions

I'm having problems with flashing and crashing, after sending a message at one point, monal flashed and when I opened it again nothing was displayed and it also flashed immediately. After repeating it many times I had to delete and reinstall it, now it is working fine, but I would like to know why it crashes.
Overall monal is still a good XMPP client for iOS, although it still has some minor issues

Developer Response ,

Well, I can't tell you what happened in the retrospective, but if you ever experience problems again, you can always create a ticket on github: https://github.com/monal-im/Monal/issues or write an email to info@monal-im.org

kts_kettek ,

Not yet ready for prime time, it seems

MUCs don’t properly create as it throws away the associated account; Adding MUCs have no user feedback; Online users only show up for one of my XMPP accounts; “Quick” adding an account threw out the TLD for some reason.

Second time trying it in the hopes there were fewer bugs — and, in its defense, I was able to add my personal account and my business accounts this time, but not with full functionality. Perhaps it also can actually maintain push events without silently disconnecting you from your accounts this time around, but it will remain a mystery to me.

App Privacy

The developer, Anurodh Pokharel, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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