Telepathy is a flexible, modular communications framework that enables real-time communication via pluggable protocol backends. Telepathy is a communications service that can be accessed by many applications ("clients") simultaneously.

This allows any application to access presence information, request a communications channel (potentially handled by another client), or collaborate contact-to-contact.

Telepathy provides protocol backends for most popular protocols including: Jabber/XMPP/Jingle, link-local XMPP, SIP, Yahoo/AIM and IRC via a unified D-Bus API. It also provides convenience libraries for GLib and Qt to simplify using the API from applications.

Telepathy exposes the available real-time communications capabilities of each protocol: presence, contact rosters, text chat, voice and video over IP, file transfer and Telepathy Tubes.

Telepathy is modular. Each backend and client runs in a separate process, allowing for much greater security and resilience. It is suitable both for embedded and desktop environments.

Using Telepathy

End users

Telepathy is a framework, therefore it is mainly targetted to developers that want to enable real-time communication and collaboration features in their applications.

As an end user, you can make use of one of the Clients of Telepathy, which are listed in the Clients section of the Components page.


See Developing With Telepathy.

Developing Telepathy

See Contributing.

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