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Jabber is a comprehensive communication and collaboration tool that's easy to use, reliable, and secure.

As of March 2016, Jabber replaced the Stanford IM service. While Jabber is the recommended communication tool on campus, Adium and Pidgin are still available. 


  • IM / video chat — send instant messages to others and collaborate over video conference
  • Presence — show others your availability status
  • Voice phone mobility — receive and place phone calls from your desk phone number to your computer or mobile device. Free voice calling that doesn't use carrier minutes
  • Group chat and persistent group chat — chat with multiple people at the same time
  • Federation  — communicate across Stanford affiliations
  • Chat with other universities/companies/organizations (SU only) send instant messages to people outside of Stanford who utilize XMPP IM services
  • Screen capture — take a screen shot and share it with others
  • Screen sharing — share your computer screen with chat or video participants
  • File sharing — share files with others
  • Slack integration (coming soon) — sync Slack channels with Jabber group chat rooms

Installing Jabber

Quick Start Guide to using Jabber

Third-party IM clients

While Jabber offers the most tools and methods of collaboration, third-party clients such as Adium and Pidgin are still available.  

Last modified January 30, 2017