Joining a chat room
/join command to join a chat room supplying the name of the room:
Your nickname will be the account
nick setting which by default is set to the 'localpart' of your Jabber ID. For example if you are logged in as
email@example.com you will join the room with the nickname
To specify a nickname different to your account setting when joining the room, use the
/join firstname.lastname@example.org nick MrChatty
If you omit the domain part of the chat room, the account setting
muc will be used which by default is set to
conference.<domain>. For example, if you are logged in as
email@example.com, using the following command:
is the same as:
To join a room which requires a password, use the
/join firstname.lastname@example.org password p455w0rd
The account settings for default nickname and conference service may be changed for any account using the
Creating a chat room
If a room is joined which did not previously exist, and the server allows it, the room will be created. More information on creating and configuring chat rooms can be found at Chat Room Configuration and Administration.
If you are using Google Talk, creating a new room is slightly different. See the FAQ.
Changing your nickname
/nick command whilst in a chat room to change your nickname, for example to change your nickname to
Inviting contacts to a room
To invite one of your contacts to the current chat room, use the
/invite command with an optional reason for the invite:
or with a reason:
/invite Bruce Come and join the chat
As with other commands, the name must be double quoted if it contains spaces:
/invite "Bruce Dickenson" Join us!
To send a message to the room, enter the message and press enter.
To direct a message to a particular recipient in the room, type the start of the recipients nickname and use <tab> to autocomplete the nickname. The nickname will be followed by ": ", after which you may type your message.
For example, assuming a participant exists in the room named
ed<tab>this message is just for you
Which will result in the following:
eddie: this message is just for you
Autocompletion using <tab> will also complete participants names in the middle of message text, without the ": ".
Sending a private message
To start a private chat session with a room participant use the
/msg command supplying the participants nickname:
/msg "Some User" Hello there!
/msg mike hello there!
Leaving a room
To leave a chat room, use the
/leave command, the
/close command has the same effect.
To bookmark chat rooms, including the ability to autojoin the rooms when signing in, see the
/bookmark command. The simplest way to bookmark a room (and enable autojoin) is to use the
/bookmark command with no arguments in the room you wish to bookmark.