XMPP and SMS messaging via libpurple and Modemmanager. Matrix chat support is being added.

Note: Chatty does not support XMPP rooms/channels and voice/video calls

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App ID:

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Phone Compatibility:

5 of 5 Points, fully optimized

How to install:

Preinstalled Core App, available through the Debian repository.

Source code/Issue repository


Backing up your SMS

SMS are stored in a sqlite database under /home/mobian/.purple/chatty/db/chatty-history.db. Backup that database, and open it, using e.g. the Qt-based sqlitebrowser (available in Debian/Mobian) or the sqlite3 command line. All your messages are in there in the message table.

  • 2022-02-25 - a segmentation fault bug in Debian version 0.6.0-1 has been fixed in 0.6.1-1
    • A hack while waiting for version 0.6.1-1 to migrate to bookworm is sudo dpkg -i chatty_0.6.1-1_arm64.deb where you obtain the .deb binary from sid (unstable Debian):
    • TODO: remove this note after 0.6.1-1 has migrated to bookworm