Update 30.08.2015: one of the developers stolen all money and website of project. New Tox website is here.
Introduction and clients overview
Tox is a free messenger and licenced under GNU GPLv3. He also support secured text messeges(NSA can’t read your messages), audio and video calls, group chat. Tox is very easy to use and don’t require strong programming skills. If you can use Skype, it’s not a problem to use Tox – without ads and pays.
Take a look on this screenshot:
Nothing complicated, just click on contact and write a message or make a call. Tox support Windows, Linux, OS X, iOS and Android. All download links you can find here.
Some screens of mobile versions:
Every Tox user have a personal ID. for example my ID: “56EAEA8D496FAF85D977020134C602D3922919152280FF6EADFEFE1E7C5FAB0D81B82301C737” Looks horrible, right? This is not a problem — you can use the DNS Discovery services with provides alias:
You can add my alias “email@example.com” or ID, but first variant is better for work.
To join to groupchat, add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts and send message “invite”. You can create personal room and run your own group bot.
Run on multiple devices with the same ID
For typical use case “one ID on laptop, desktop and smartphone” you need to copy
*.tox file to all your devices.
.config/tox/$USER.tox for Linux.
How it works
User have a public and closed keys and connect directly to other via distributed P2P network. The Tox Core library provides an API used by Tox clients. Read also: Crypto, DHT, Messaging Protocol Tox also support IPv6 and TOR.