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Salut à Toi (or SàT for "Hi to You"), is a XMPP/Jabber client which can have several frontends, i.e. several user interfaces.

You'll find a presentation on the official website [1]. You can also follow the development on the main developer blog (in French and English).


We recommand to use development version for now, until the release of 0.7 version which will be "general public" version

Development version

Note for Arch users: a pkgbuild is available for your distribution on AUR, check sat-xmpp-hg (as well as other sat-* packages).

You can install the latest development version using pip. You need to have the following dependencies installed first:

  • Python 2 with development headers
  • Mercurial
  • VirtualEnv
  • libcairo 2 with development headers
  • libjpeg with development headers
  • libgirepository 1.0 with development headers
  • libdbus-1 with development headers
  • libdbus-glib-1 with development headers
  • libxml2 with development headers
  • libxlt2 with development headers
  • D-Bus x11 tools (doesn't needs X11, just need for dbus-launch)
  • cmake

On Debian and derivatives, you can get all this with following command:

 sudo apt-get install python-dev mercurial virtualenv libxml2-dev libxslt-dev libcairo2-dev libjpeg-dev libgirepository1.0-dev libdbus-1-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev dbus-x11 cmake

Now go in a location where you can install Salut à Toi (SàT), for instance your home directory


And enter the following commands (note that virtualenv2 may be named virtualenv on some distributions, just be sure it's Python 2 version):

virtualenv2 env
source env/bin/activate
pip install hg+

Don't worry if you see the following message, SàT should work anyway:

Failed building wheel for pygobject

After installing SàT, you need to install the media:

hg clone

then, create the file ~/.config/sat/sat.conf containing:


Of course, replace ~/sat_media with the actual path you have used.

Last release

This release is really old and code has changed a lot since it. Furthermore, stable version is currently not maintained. We recommend to use current dev version until version 0.7 is released

You can automatically install SàT and its dependencies using easy_install or pip. You will however need to install Python's headers (needed to build some packages), PyGObject and developments version of libxml2 and libxslt (to compile lxml python library). On some ARM systems like Raspberry Pi or OLinuXino, it is also required to install libjpeg-dev and libffi-dev beforehand.

The environment variable SAT_INSTALL customises the installation, it contains flags separated by spaces:

  • "nopreinstall" skip all preinstallation checks
  • "autodeb" automatically install missing packages on Debian based distributions

PyGobject is automatically installed on Debian based distributions if "autodeb" option is set. Indeed, on Debian based distribution, you can type:

sudo apt-get install python-pip python-virtualenv python-dev libxml2-dev libxslt-dev libjpeg-dev libffi-dev zlib1g-dev
virtualenv --system-site-packages sat
source sat/bin/activate
pip2 install -U setuptools
SAT_INSTALL="autodeb" pip2 install sat

After installing SàT, you need to install the media:

mkdir -p /path/to/sat_media
cd /path/to/sat_media
tar -jxvf sat_media.tar.bz2

then, create a ~/.sat.conf file which contains:


Of course, replace /path/to/sat_media with the actual path you want to use.


To launch the sat backend, enter:


You can stop it with:

sat stop

To know if backend is launched or not:

sat status

NOTE: since SàT v0.5.0, the backend is automatically launched when a frontend needs it.

You can check that SàT is installed correctly by trying jp (the backend need to be launched first, check below):

jp --version
jp 0.7.0D « La Commune » (rev fe9888d3fcb6 (default 2018-06-26 07:09 +0200) +615) Copyright (C) 2009-2018 Jérôme Poisson, Adrien Cossa
This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY;
This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions.

If you have a similar output, SàT is working


So far, the following frontends exist:

To launch Primitivus, just type:


then create a profile (XMPP account must already exist). To use jp, follow its help:

jp --help

For Libervia, the web interface, check

These other frontends are in development or planned:

The following frontends have been deprecated:

  • Wix, a desktop frontend based on WxWidgets, deprecated with version 0.6.0


You can join our chat room on
There are also mailing lists available:
Bugs or suggestions can be added to:

Developers can have a look at the development page.