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Ekiga (formely known as GnomeMeeting) is an open source VoIP and video conferencing application for GNOME. Ekiga uses both the H.323 and SIP protocols.

Ekiga is compatible with any software, device or router supporting SIP or H.323. It includes SwissVoice, CISCO, SNOM, ... IP Phones, but also software like Windows Messenger, Netmeeting, SJPhone, Eyebeam, X-Lite, ... or also the Asterisk popular IPBX, as well as any other commercial or Open Source IPBX. Ekiga is not compatible with Skype.

It supports all major features defined by those protocols like call hold, call transfer, call forwarding, ... It also supports basic instant messaging, and has advanced support for NAT traversal. Ekiga supports the best free audio and video codecs, and has wideband support for a superior audio quality, together with echo cancellation.

Ekiga has been designed for the GNOME desktop but it works very well with the KDE desktop too. For example, Ekiga provides an animated icon automatically added in the KDE system tray.

 Ekiga 4.0.1

Free to download



Damien Sandras (original author and project leader) and other developers


System Requirements
A correctly configured firewall and NAT router/gateway

Libraries needed:
GNOME (optional)

Ekiga Wiki, Ekiga Manual, Ekiga Blog, Nabble Forum, Mailing List, Interview with Damien Sandras

Selected Reviews:
Softpedia, OS Reviews

Features include:

SIP Features 

  • SIP Compliant
  • Registrar Support
  • Possibility to Simultaneously Register to Several Accounts
  • Proxy Support
  • Outbound Proxy Support
  • Call Hold
  • Call Transfer
  • Call Forwarding on No Answer, on Busy, Always
  • Configurable Port Ranges
  • Instant Messaging
  • DTMFs Support
  • Message Waiting Indications Support
  • ENUM Support
  • Transparent NAT Support, Assisted NAT Support (STUN, IP Translation)
  • SIP re-INVITE support

H.323 Features Version 2.00

  • H.323v4 Compliant
  • H.245 Tunneling and Fast Start
  • Gatekeeper (RAS) Support
  • H.235 Annex D. Support
  • Gateway/Proxy Support
  • H.450.1 Call Hold
  • H.450.2 Call Transfer
  • H.450.3 Call Forwarding on No Answer, on Busy, Always
  • Configurable Port Ranges
  • H.245 Text Chat
  • DTMFs Support
  • ENUM Support
  • Transparent NAT Support, Assisted NAT Support (STUN, IP Translation)

Codecs Features Version 2.00

  • iLBC, GSM-06.10, MS-GSM, G.711-Alaw, G.711-uLaw, G.726, G.721 and Speex Audio Codecs
  • H.261 QCIF Video Code
  • Dynamic Jitter Buffer
  • Dynamic Threshold Algorithm for Silence Detection
  • Echo Cancellation
  • Wideband Codec Support
  • Automatic Video Bandwidth Limitation
  • Video Transmission/Reception Control

General Features Version 2.00

  • Integration with Novell Evolution 2.00
  • LDAP Support
  • Advanced Addressbook
  • Speed Dials
  • Calls History
  • Dialpad
  • Rendez-Vous Support
  • Advanced Personal Settings Management
  • In call Instant-Apply Support for Settings
  • Call Monitoring
  • Auto Answer and Do Not Disturb Modes
  • GConf and External Configuration
  • Possibility for Administrators to Block Some Settings
  • Configurable Full-Screen Video Conferencing
  • OSS and ALSA Compatible Soundcards Support
  • Video4Linux, Video4Linux 2 and Firewire Cameras Support
  • Devices Auto-Detection
  • Status Notion
  • Configurable Sound Events
  • Configuration Assistant
  • Manual
  • HIG Compliant GUI
  • KDE and GNOME Compatibility
  • Translated into Many Languages

Ekiga in action

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