Dukto: multiplatform LAN ip messenger


If you ever used ip messenger (ipmsg) years back, you know how handy it used to be on LANs. On Linux there is iptux but it is not available for all platforms. We found a polished version of ipmsg with a clean metro-like interface – Dukto. It supports both LAN messaging and file transfers. Dukto is a very lightweight application and the interface reminds me of Typhoon. Features at a glance:

  • Simple user interface
  • No server or internet connection needed
  • Zero configuration
  • Clients auto-discovery
  • High speed file transfer
  • Portable version available
  • Multi files and folders transfer
  • Transfers log
  • Send and receive text snippets (eg. useful for sending URLs)
  • Open received files directly from the application
  • Show your IP addresses on the IP connection page
  • Full Unicode support
  • Metro style UI
  • Multi-OS native support (Linux, Windows, Mac, Android iOS, Symbian)
  • Free and open source

While Dukto is very handy, the only problem I found is the lack of quick launch icon on Linux (I am using Ubuntu with LXDE). In my opinion it is a must for applications related to communication.

To install dukto on Ubuntu 13.10, 14.04 and 14.10:

$ sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/colomboem/xUbuntu_13.10/ /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dukto.list"
$ wget http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:colomboem/xUbuntu_13.10/Release.key
$ sudo apt-key add - < Release.key
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install dukto

You can directly download packages for several Linux distros here.

QChat is another multiplatform LAN chat client. To install on Ubuntu:

$ sudo apt-get install qchat

Webpage: Dukto

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