GNU Freetalk

GNU Freetalk is a console based chat client for Google Hangout and other XMPP servers. It has context sensitive auto-completion for buddy names, commands, and even ordinary English words. Similar to GNU Emacs, You can customize and extend Freetalk with Scheme language.


Freetalk can be found on the main GNU ftp server (download via HTTPSdownload via HTTPdownload via FTP) or its mirrors; please use a mirror if possible.


Documentation for Freetalk is available online, as is documentation for most GNU software. You may also find more information about Freetalk by running info freetalk or man freetalk, or by looking at /usr/share/doc/freetalk/or similar directories on your system. A brief summary is available by running freetalk --help.

Mailing lists

Freetalk has one mailing list:

  • freetalk-dev is for general user help and discussion around Freetalk, including development and enhancement requests, as well as bug reports.

Announcements about Freetalk and most other GNU software are made on info-gnu (archive).

Security reports that should not be made immediately public can be sent directly to the maintainer. If there is no response to an urgent issue, you can escalate to the general security mailing list for advice.

Getting involved

Development of Freetalk, and GNU in general, is a volunteer effort, and you can contribute. For information, please read How to help GNU. If you'd like to get involved, it's a good idea to join the discussion mailing list (see above).

For development sources, issue trackers, and other information, please see the Freetalk project page at
Freetalk is currently looking for a maintainer.


Freetalk is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.