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Ayttm is an instant messaging (aka chat) client that provides all-in-one chat functionality for several major instant messaging services from one simple program. Ayttm "Contacts" allow you to refer to several accounts of the same person from a single contact name, making it one of the cleanest and simplest clients to use.


-h, --help

Display help and exit

-v, --version

Output version information and exit

-g, --geometry

Set position of main window

-d, --config-dir

Specify configuration directory

-D, --disable-server

Disable console message server

-c, --contact

Specify contact to send a message to via console server

-m, --message

Specify the message to send via console server (Note: -c and -m must be used together)


Ayttm is a unified multi-protocol Instant Messaging client that allows you to stay in touch with your contacts across multiple protocols through one conventient interface.

Currently Ayttm supports AIM, ICQ, IRC, Jabber, MSN and Yahoo!. A detailed list of features is available at:


$(HOME)/.ayttm/accounts - information about your accounts

$(HOME)/.ayttm/contacts - contact/buddy list

$(HOME)/.ayttm/logs/ - conversation logs

$(HOME)/.ayttm/prefs - preferences


For submitting bug reports, patches, feature requests and support requests, please use the tracker for Ayttm at

Before sending a bug report, please verify that you have the latest version of Ayttm. Many bugs (major and minor) are fixed at each release, and if yours is out of date, the problem may already have been solved.


Ayttm Home Page:

Ayttm User Manual:


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA


The authors of Ayttm are:

Colin Leroy <[email protected]> Lead Developer

Andy S. Maloney <[email protected]> Code Monkey

Philip S. Tellis <[email protected]> Yahoo!

Edward L. Haletky <[email protected]> Windows Port

Tahir Hashmi <[email protected]> Manual, Doc.

Siddhesh Poyarekar <[email protected]>

This manpage was adapted from one written by Laurel Fan <[email protected]> for EveryBuddy.


Ayttm is an heir of EveryBuddy ( We would like to thank the EveryBuddy development team for their contribution.

Special thanks to Mark Spencer, initial creator of GAIM, for all of the tremendous support he has given.