Presently I use iptux for sending messages and sharing files over my hostel LAN, but the interface isn't quite convenient and the files sent/received don't reach the destination completely a lot of times.

Is there a better LAN messaging and file-sharing application on Ubuntu? I don't intend to use samba as I need to send messages too.

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Checkout the open source project Openfire, its a jabber protocol server so you will be able to setup your own private network and still use popular applications like Pidgin as it uses the XMPP protocol.


Checkout the plugin page to see how extensible it is and if it meets your needs.

It's java based so install should be a breeze.

  • I am not able to figure out how do I share a file using this, can you please elaborate?
    – jobin
    Jan 7, 2014 at 4:02

The libpurple based instant messengers Pidgin (Linux & Windows) and Adium (Mac OS) have support for the XMPP-based Bonjour chat protocol which is server-less on the local network and supports file transfers¹.

¹ Apparently file transfer doesn't work in all situations with all clients e. g. with iChat.

  • File transfer is crucial in my case.
    – jobin
    Sep 7, 2014 at 11:06
  • Since file transfer seems to work between libpurple clients on all platforms, you could just use those instead of iChat or others. Sep 7, 2014 at 19:32

The lan messaging software Output Messenger will fulfill all your interoffice business communication needs.


This team chat app offers a lot of instant messaging features including One-to-One Chat, Group Chat, File Transfer, Remote Desktop Sharing, Voice Call, Group Video Chat and Conferencing, Off-the-Record Messaging and Communication Restriction etc.

  • Two problems: 1) It requires a server to be installed in Windows only; 2) It's a commercial (paid) closed source software. And the language suggests you're actively promoting the product... Without disclosing you're perhaps a sales person? The textbook definition of SPAM although the reviewers didn't notice the faint smell of BS.
    – user589808
    Jan 10, 2017 at 19:55
  • Really, I am not promoting that messenger. We are using it in our concern for interoffice communication that impressed us so wished to suggested it here. That's all!!
    – Amy
    Jan 11, 2017 at 7:33

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