messenger-cli 0.1.0 released

We are pleased to announce the release of the messenger-cli application.
The application is a counterpart for the terminal to the previous release of the GTK application using the GNUnet Messenger service. The goal is to provide private and secure communication between any group of devices. So server admins or users relying on a terminal focused window manager have now a proper option to utilize the service as well.

The application provides the following features:

  • Creating direct chats and group chats
  • Sending text messages
  • Sharing files privately
  • Deleting messages
  • Verifying contact identities
  • Switching between different accounts

The application utilizes the previously released library "libgnunetchat" in an user interface built with ncurses. It will adapt its different views depending on the terminal size to show most important information. The navigation is done via arrow-, ESCAPE, TAB, ENTER and DELETE keys. More information about that can be found here.

Download links

The GPG key used to sign is: 3D11063C10F98D14BD24D1470B0998EF86F59B6A

Note that due to mirror synchronization, not all links might be functional early after the release. For direct access try

Noteworthy changes in 0.1.0

  • It is possible to create direct chats and group chats via lobbies, shared keys or invitations
  • Members of a chats can be observed
  • Chats allow sending text messages or files
  • Messages can be deleted in any chat locally
  • Switching between different accounts can be done during runtime

A detailed list of changes can be found in the ChangeLog.

Known Issues

  • It is still difficult to get reliable chats between different devices. This might change with the upcoming changes on the GNUnet transport layer though.
  • It might happen that the FS service is not connected which might stop any file upload or stall it forever.

In addition to this list, you may also want to consult our bug tracker at