Owl is a curses-based instant messaging client. Currently it supports
AOL Instant Messenger and the MIT Zephyr protocol. Other instant
messaging protocols are also on the way.
The main features of Owl are:
- As a text client it can be run over telnet, rlogin or text ssh
- It is easy to use and can run without a config file
- An optional Perl configuration file can set preferences and
- It has emacs style editing of message
- It has advanced message sorting and filtering capabilities
- There will be future suport for IRC and Jabber
The latest stable release of Owl is
Other versions are available
An quick introduction document is included in each distribution in the
doc directory. You can read the intro document from the latest beta
You can add yourself to the Owl-users
list. This is a low-traffic list that receives announcements
about new releases of Owl.
Additionally, archives of the
are available, as well as archives of the
Owl was primarily written by James Kretchmar. Many others
have contributed to the software, especially Erik Nygren, who wrote
the variable, key binding, and command aliasing systems. Stephen
Gildea, David Resnick and a number of others have helped test Owl in a
different operating environment. Mark Eichin maintains the Debian
package. Many others have submitted patches and bug reports.
Reporting bugs and additional information
Bugs and other requests can be sent to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Also send
mail to this address if you would like to receive future announcements
about Owl releases.