Pichat (pitʃæt) is a chat software and a protocol for information exchange in a peer-to-peer network. A Pichat application typically is client and server at once and can serve a variety of protocols and formats (such as text and XML). It is primarily used for text chat and as a community chat system.
The Pichat protocol was designed with the idea of supporting both intelligent and simple clients. Expect that most work is performed on a chat server, with less logic required on client side. A simple client can directly display the received data stream without need for elaborate parsing. The default port of a chat server is 9009/TCP.
The reference implementation of Pichat has a built-in webchat and TELNET support. It also has an integrated web server which can be used for file transfer. There is a SDK (for Linux und Windows) to extend the chat with plugins.
Pichat software supports the following features:
- Registered and unregistered users
- Multiple chat rooms, including conference rooms and moderated rooms
- Text formatting with smileys, graphics and colors
- Webchat with streaming and simple polling (server push and browser pull)
- Low CPU and traffic consumption (streaming, compression)
- Multi platform support (Linux and Microsoft Windows)
- Multi language support (English, German, Swedish, etc)
- Plugin interface (C++)
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