Finch is a console-based modular messaging client that allows users to communicate through various instant messaging protocols from a command-line interface. It is written in the C programming language, and is designed to be lightweight, fast, and easy to use.
One of the key features of Finch is its modular design, which allows users to easily add support for new messaging protocols. The client is built on top of the libpurple library, which provides a consistent API for interacting with different instant messaging protocols. This means that users can add support for new protocols simply by installing new libpurple plugins, without needing to make any changes to the Finch client itself.
Finch supports a wide range of instant messaging protocols, including popular ones like AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, Jabber/XMPP, Gadu-Gadu, and Zephyr. It also has built-in support for encryption protocols like OTR (Off-the-Record Messaging) and PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) to improve the security of the communication.
Finch is often used by users who prefer to use the command-line interface over a graphical user interface, as well as by users who are looking for a lightweight and fast messaging client that can run on older or less powerful systems. It’s also popular among system administrators who want to be able to communicate with their colleagues and clients through instant messaging, but prefer to do so from the command line.
finch Command Examples
1. Launch finch:
# alt + q or ctrl + c
3. Show actions menu:
# alt + a
4. Jump to n-th window:
# alt + number_key
5. Close current window:
# alt + c
6. Start moving a window, use arrow keys to move, press escape when done:
# alt + m
7. Start resizing a window, use arrow keys to resize, press escape when done:
# alt + r