Completely free group chat written in PHP, using AJAX as a transport system and MySQL as a database storage. Multiple rooms, private chats, mobile friendly. Can be installed on any hosting server that supports PHP/MySQL (shared hosts as well). Hosting panel with Softaculous? Install with their automated installation. Free
BlaB! AX on steroids. Machines, doodles, file sharing, voice & video messages, can be integrated with bulletin boards and CMS such as phpBB, IP.Board, vBulletin, Expression Engine, Joomla, WordPress, Simple Machines + custom integration. Can be installed on any hosting server that supports PHP/MySQL (shared hosts as well).
Free realtime group chat system (client & server) based on websockets. Beautiful themes, mobile friendly and easy to install - a video guide is available. The client can be installed on any PHP/MySQL enabled host, the server requires a Linux VPS or simply use our BlaB! WS Server Hosting. Free
BlaB! WS bigger brother. Based on websockets, realtime group chat system (client & server). P2P voice and video calls over WebRTC, voice & video messages, doodles, machines, file and media sharing, integration with bulletin boards and CMS - WordPress, Joomla, IP.Board, vBulletin, phpBB etc + custom integration. The client can be installed on any PHP/MySQL enabled host, the server requires a Linux VPS or simply use our BlaB! WS Server Hosting.
Simple, easy to understand and easy to use Content Management System to deploy a new website for your BlaB! chat in minutes separating code, UI and content. Drop a bunch of text files in blab-pages-content, set up a menu in blab-pages-content/menu.json and your website is ready to go with a "who's online in chat" widget on the front page. Free
We offer blabws-server & blabws-server-pro hosting as a separate service. Both BlaB! WS client and BlaB! WS Pro client can be installed on any PHP/MySQL enabled host. You will have a mobile friendly, easy-to-use console to manage your server.
We provide a pre-made PWA app for your chat (v20.11+) which you can customize easily from the AdminCP and two ready Android apps on Google Play to be used with our chat systems: BlaB! AX, BlaB! AX Pro, BlaB! WS and BlaB! WS Pro. Free
The first version of BlaB, released in August 2002 on HotScripts, was a self-refreshing page called Simple Chat that can still be found on the Internet. There have been 200k+ downloads ever since and thousands of active installations presently.
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AJAX vs WEBSOCKET
WebSocket is a protocol, that provides full-duplex communication channel. In a chat based on websockets, the websocket server transmits the chat messages to the clients instantly, in realtime. To run a websocket chat, a websocket server is required (any modern browser is a websocket client) and you need a dedicated server or VPS with root privileges in order to install a websocket server. Shared hosting accounts can't be used.
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