Kopete Screenshot.png
Stable release
22.04.3[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 7 July 2022
Preview release
22.03.80[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 18 March 2022
Written inC++ (Qt)
Operating systemUnix-like,[3] Windows (The Windows version may not be the final version suitable for everyday use.)[4]
TypeInstant messaging client

Kopete is a multi-protocol, free software instant messaging client released as part of the KDE Software Compilation. Although it can run in numerous environments, it was designed for and integrates with the KDE Plasma Workspaces. Kopete was started because ICQ blocked Licq from their network in 2001.[5] According to the original author, Duncan Mac-Vicar Prett, the name comes from the Chilean Spanish word copete, meaning "a drink with your friends".[6][7] Kopete has been nominated for multiple awards.[8][9] The designated successor is KDE Telepathy from the KDE RTCC Initiative.


Kopete allows users to connect to the following protocols:[10]

MSNP (Microsoft Messenger service, commonly known as MSN, .NET, or Live) was also supported until the protocol was discontinued by Microsoft.



By default, Kopete supports the following plugins (not all of which are currently functional):

With third-party plugins, Kopete supports:

See also


  1. ^ https://github.com/KDE/kopete/releases/tag/v22.04.3.
  2. ^ https://github.com/KDE/kopete/releases/tag/v22.03.80.
  3. ^ "Download". kopete.kde.org. Archived from the original on 25 March 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  4. ^ "KDE Windows Initiative". kde.org. Archived from the original on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  5. ^ Min, Andrew. "Kopete: the KDE instant messenger". Free Software Magazine. Vol. 20. pp. 45–51. Archived from the original on 2014-01-10. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
  6. ^ "Chapter 8. Frequently Asked Questions". Docs.kde.org. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
  7. ^ "Kopete Development team". Kopete.kde.org. Archived from the original on 2014-01-10. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
  8. ^ "2005 Linux Journal Readers' Choice Awards". Linux Journal. September 28, 2005. Retrieved Oct 1, 2009. (2nd place, Favorite Instant Messaging Client)
  9. ^ "OfB Open Choice Awards 2002". Open for Business. July 25, 2005. Retrieved Oct 1, 2009. (Best Communications Software, Runner Up)
  10. ^ "Kopete: List of supported protocols". Userbase.kde.org. 2012-06-10. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
  11. ^ "Kopete OTR Plugin". Kde-apps.org. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
  12. ^ "Kopete Antispam Plugin". Kopeteantispam.sourceforge.net. Retrieved 2013-06-12.


  1. ^ Available via the standalone Meanwhile plugin.
  2. ^ Works only with dynamic linked Skype version 2.0/2.1 running alongside Kopete.
  3. ^ Available via the standalone kopete-xfire plugin.