A console AIM, ICQ, IRC, and Lily CMC client.

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      naim is a console client for [Wikipedia]AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), [Wikipedia]AOL I Seek You (ICQ), [Wikipedia]Internet Relay Chat (IRC), and [Wikipedia]The lily CMC.
  • naim includes unique features like zero-configuration peer to peer encryption, automatic message queueing, and incoming message modification (to correct common spelling mistakes and expand common abbreviations; see /help filter). (Voiceover provided by Scott "Scooter" Fortney.)
  • naim also includes powerful dynamic module support, allowing developers to modify all major aspects of naim's behavior.
    • Third-party plug-ins have been used to extend naim's functionality for use in embedded monitoring clients, and for use as host to automatic clients ("bots").
    • The naim-modules package (distributed below) includes several example plug-ins, including a telnet server (nsocket), an interactive bot (naimusers), and a simple anti-spam measure (nantispam).
  • When combined with GNU Screen, naim is great to use as a chat client as well as an answering machine. Individual users can detach, log out, pack up and go home, then log back in from anywhere on the Internet to resume their naim session.
  • naim is maintained by an OPEN, DIRECTED COMMUNITY, and has been in development since October, 1998.
  • Quickstart - Get started using naim.
  • Screen shots - What naim looks like.
  • Packaged versions - naim is distributed in source code from this site. However, naim executables may already be available for your platform!
  • Mailing lists - Stay up-to-date with new releases, get help using naim, and participate in development.
  • Additional documentation - Formal protocol specifications, development traces, and architecture descriptions.
  • Online help:
    • Your first step should be to check the community-edited frequently asked questions file. New users and experienced users alike may find it an interesting read to help strengthen their naim skills.
    • Additional documentation is available from the NaimWiki.
  • If you have any questions about naim, please contact Daniel Reed <>.