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Chat with your MSN Messenger or Live Messenger friends


KMess is a Linux chat client alternative to Live/MSN Messenger. It allows Linux users to chat with friends who use MSN Messenger or Live Messenger in Windows or Mac OS. The strength of KMess is its integration with the KDE Plasma workspaces, its focus on Messenger specific features and an easy-to-use interface. Because the MSN Messenger service close, this app doens't work anymore and is now obsolete.



KMess is currently at version, which is packed full of features – here are some of them:

  • Display picture transfers
  • Fast file transfers
  • Tabbed chatting (multiple chats in a single window)
  • Custom emoticons, winks and nudges
  • Offline and invisible messaging
  • Rich and colorful chat styles and logs
  • Chat logs history viewer
  • Messenger Plus Live's text coloring and formatting
  • A lot of options to customize the contact list appearance
  • Live Mail e-mail notifications
  • Ability to disable annoying received emoticons
  • Contact list searching
  • Much more...


To get a quick idea of what is it, you can have a look at our visual guide!

Getting it

You can usually get KMess by downloading a package for your distribution: check in your own package manager if KMess is already present! If not, you can look on the downloads page to learn more.


KDE SC 4.x
KDE3 1.5.2