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KMess is an alternative MSN Messenger chat client for Linux. It allows Linux users to chat with friends who use MSN Messenger in Windows or Mac OS.

The strength of KMess is it's integration with the KDE desktop environment, focus on MSN Messenger specific features and an easy-to-use interface.

If you use only MSN this is the package for you, but if you use also ICQ or others, it is recommended to use Kopete or Pidgin.


Free to download



Mike K. Bennett, Michael Curtis, Jan Toenjes, Diederik van der Boor, Richard Conway, Valerio Pilo


System Requirements

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Features include:

  • Group chats (chatting with multiple contacts)
  • Fast and reliable file transfers, supporting MSN6+ direct connections, with file previews
  • Automatic contact picture transfers
  • Full MSN and custom emoticon support
  • Supports MSN7 personal status messages
  • Font and text colors
  • Customizable status to set when connecting
  • "Now Playing" support to view what others are listening to, and to let them know what you are listening to
  • Reception of offline messages
  • Microsoft's Live Mail support, with inbox count, new email notifications, and direct link to the user's inbox
  • Nudges and winks (for winks, an Adobe Flash player and cabextract are required)
  • Links to your contacts' Live Profiles and to the Live Spaces Search page.
  • NetMeeting<->GnomeMeeting and GnomeMeeting<->GnomeMeeting invitations
  • Internationalization support, with translations in 20 languages.
  • Contacts who don't have you on their list are displayed with italics
  • When contacts type, their pictures "glow" brighter
  • Show or hide offline contacts
  • Show or hide the special "allowed" and "removed" groups to modify them right from your contact list
  • Organize the contact list by group or by online/offline status
  • Emoticons are also shown in the contact list
  • Groups show a count of the online contacts in that group (for example: "Friends (2/5)")
  • The KMess logo is the background picture in the contact list
  • Chat window sidebar with contact pictures and email address for all contacts in chat; many options are available with the right click menu
  • Chat window links and emoticons can be right-clicked to copy or visit links, and to add new custom emoticons
  • Alternating and flashing taskbar entry to inform of received messages
  • Display timestamps when contacts send messages
  • Compact form to display chat messages by grouping following messages
  • Text formatting with /italic/, _underlined_, and *bold*
  • Option to override your contacts' font and colors
  • Contact name aliases, to avoid those long and irritating nick names
  • Option to override the contacts' pictures
  • Popup balloons notifications for contacts events
  • Configuration for the sounds and popup notifications for each contact
  • Customized "Away with Auto reply" status that will reply to contacts with an user-specified away message
  • Support for multiple MSN user accounts profiles
  • A full MSN emoticon set to replace the MSN one (released under the GPL, as KMess is)
  • Ability to change between different emoticon themes
  • Chat logging with full markup (saves images and emoticons)
  • Chat logs can be ordered in subdirectories by day, week, or month
  • Auto-login, either at the setting page for from the command line (with "kmess --autologin" for example)

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