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This page contains the CenterIM5 documentation. If you're a CenterIM4 then you should read the CenterIM4 documentation.


About CenterIM5

CenterIM5 is a text-mode multi-protocol instant messaging client for Linux, *BSD, Solaris and other Unices.

Supported Protocols

CenterIM5 supports many different messaging protocols due to the use of libpurple.

These protocols are supported by default by libpurple:

  • AIM (AOL Instant Messenger)
  • Bonjour
  • Gadu-Gadu
  • Groupwise
  • ICQ
  • IRC
  • MSN/Windows Live
  • MXit
  • MySpaceIM
  • QQ
  • SILC (Secure IRC)
  • Sametime
  • XMPP (Jabber and GoogleTalk)
  • Yahoo
  • Yahoo JAPAN
  • Zephyr

Support for other protocols is provided by third-party libpurple plugins.

First Time Start


Default Key Bindings

Universal commands (Not dependent on where focus lies)

Ctrl-Q      : Quit CenterIM5
Esc         : Close current menu or conversation
Arrow keys  : Universal navigation through menus and lists
Ctrl-L      : Redraw screen

F1          : Move navigation to the buddy list
F2          : Move navigation to the active conversation
F3          : Open the account status menu
F4          : Open the general menu
F5          : Toggle displaying of offline buddies
F6          : Switch to the fullscreen mode (this requires that there is at least one opened conversation)

Buddy list

Ctrl-D      : Open the context menu for a currently selected buddy list item
- / +       : Close / Expand tree branch
Enter       : Open a conversation with a currently selected buddy


Ctrl-N      : Jump to the next conversation window
Ctrl-P      : Jump to the previous conversation window
PgUp        : Scroll up through current conversation history
PgDn        : Scroll down through current conversation history
Ctrl-X      : Send a composed message


Key Bindings

Default key bindings can be changed by editing the binds.xml file which can be usually found in the $HOME/.centerim5 directory. The file has a simple structure, each bind consists of context, action and key definitions. After modifying the file, open the options window and press the Reload key bindings button in order to load modified key bindings. If the file cannot be parsed correctly, an error description will be added to the log window and the default key bindings will be loaded.

For example, to change a default key bind for sending messages from Ctrl-X to Enter, locate this line:

<bind context='conversation' action='send' key='Ctrl-x'/>

and modify it to:

<bind context='conversation' action='send' key='Enter'/>

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