qTox

qTox is a client written for the toxcore, authored by Tux3.

Repository https://github.com/qTox/qTox
Maintainers tux3
Language C++
Graphical Toolkit Qt
Operating Systems Linux, Windows, OS X
Status: Active

Features

Audio features

qTox supports audio notifications for received messages and the option to turn them off or on.

qTox supports audio calls for both contacts and group chats using ToxAV.

Video features

qTox supports video calls and desktop sharing, adjustable in the settings.

Messaging

qTox supports messaging for contacts and group chats, with emoticons, text formatting, and message splitting for messages that are larger than 1372 bytes.

Typing notifications are shown to and from contacts, if the feature is enabled in the settings.

It is possible to message offline contacts, in which case the message will be stored and sent once both users are online.

qTox has support for chat history, with the option to enable or disable the feature.

qTox has support for spell checking using Sonnet.

File transfers

qTox has support for file transfer.

qTox has partial support for inline images, but it is a preview for saved images only.

qTox has support for pausing and resuming file transfers, but broken file transfers will not be resumed.

Group chats

qTox has support for persistent group chats, but file transfers and typing notifications in group chats aren't possible yet until the feature is implemented by c-toxcore.

Profile & Contact Management

qTox has support for avatars, changing nospam, setting custom aliases for contacts, and contact blocking.

qTox supports multiple profiles, importing / exporting profiles, and encrypting profiles and save files with a password.

Tox URIs are supported.

General

qTox has support for translations, including 42 languages (see translations).

qTox has support for proxies, both SOCKS5 and HTTP. For an example of a proxy configuration, see Tox over Tor.

qTox has support for themes, including the built-in themes:

  • Default
  • Blue
  • Olive
  • Red
  • Violet
  • Dark
  • Dark blue
  • Dark olive
  • Dark red
  • Dark violet

Video Tutorials

Screen sharing

Features

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Interface Desktop Desktop CLI Desktop Mobile Mobile Desktop Mobile Mobile
Linux Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
OSX Yes Yes Yes Untested No No No No No
Windows Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes No No
BSD Yes Yes Yes Untested No No No No No
Android No Minimal1) No No Yes Yes No No Yes
iOS No No No No No No No No No
SailfishOS No No Yes No No No No Yes No
Audio features qTox µTox Toxic Toxygen TRIfA Antox Isotoxin jTox Protox
Audio Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
Audio filtering Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes No No
Audio notifications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
Group audio Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes No No
Video features qTox µTox Toxic Toxygen TRIfA Antox Isotoxin jTox Protox
Desktop sharing Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes No No
Video Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
Messaging qTox µTox Toxic Toxygen TRIfA Antox Isotoxin jTox Protox
1v1 messages Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chat logs Yes Yes (export possible) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Emoticons Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Inline images Semi2) Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Message splitting Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Faux offline messaging Yes Yes Semi3) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
File transfer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
File resuming Semi4) Yes Yes Yes Untested No Yes No Semi5)
Spell check Yes No No No No Yes Yes No No
Screen/Desktop notifications Semi6) Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Yes
Typing notifications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Semi7) Yes Yes Yes
Group chats qTox µTox Toxic Toxygen TRIfA Antox Isotoxin jTox Protox
Group chats Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
Persistent group chats Yes Yes Yes Prealpha Yes No Yes No No
Group chat history Planned8) No No Unknown Yes No Unknown No No
Group file transfers No No No No No No No No No
Group inline images No No No No No No No No No
Group offline messaging No No No No No No No No No
Group typing notifications No No No No No No No No No
Profile & Contact Management qTox µTox Toxic Toxygen TRIfA Antox Isotoxin jTox Protox
Avatars Yes Yes Semi9) Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Changing nospam Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Contact aliases Yes Yes No Yes Untested Yes Yes Yes No
Contact blocking Yes No Yes Yes Untested Semi10) No No No
Name lookups Yes Yes Yes Yes Untested Yes Yes Yes No
Multiprofile Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
Profile import/export Yes No Semi11) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Save file encryption Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
tox: URI Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No No
General qTox µTox Toxic Toxygen TRIfA Antox Isotoxin jTox Protox
Multilingual Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Proxy support Yes (Socks5 only) Yes Yes (Tor only) No Yes No No
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Installation

Windows

Linux

Arch

PKGBUILD is available in the community repo, to install:

# pacman -S qtox

Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint

# apt-get install qtox

Fedora

qTox is available in the RPM Fusion repo, to install:

# dnf install qtox

Gentoo

qTox is available in Gentoo.

To install:

# emerge qtox

openSUSE

qTox is available in openSUSE Factory.

To install in openSUSE 15.0 or newer:

# zypper in qtox

To install in openSUSE 42.3:

# zypper ar -f https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/server:/messaging/openSUSE_Leap_42.3 server:messaging
# zypper in qtox

If your distribution is not listed, or you want / need to compile qTox, there are provided instructions on GitHub.

FreeBSD

Binary

Use pkg utility to install binary package:

pkg install qTox

Compiling

Update ports tree:

portsnap fetch update

Compile and install client with all dependencies:

cd /usr/ports/net-im/qTox
make install clean

macOS / OS X

Binaries

Binaries are provided on the Tox website.

Compiling

If you want / need to compile qTox on macOS / OS X, latest instructions are provided on GitHub.

The following is a list of some other Tox clients that you may be interested in using.

Popular Tox clients
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1)
Currently stalled
2)
Preview for saved images only
3)
Messages are not stored, and thus they won't be sent across client restarts
4) , 5)
Transfers can be paused and resumed, but broken transfers will not be resumed
6)
Supported but not included in builds
7)
Sends typing notifications but does not show received ones
9)
You are only able to set your own avatar, avatars of friends aren't displayed
10)
You can block, but not unblock contacts
11)
Only by manually specifying which save file should be used.
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