I'm looking for a XMPP or LAN messenger where users can paste images from the clipboard and the pasted images are directly shown in the chat window (or a separate window) to the recipient without the need to explicitly download the image or click a link.

Multi-OS support would be a plus but mostly for Windows.

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IP Messenger is a LAN based messenger that allows instant sharing of text and images. Check it out at http://ipmsg.org/

  • Thanks, great suggestion. The UI is a bit clumsy but the program works very well. I went with this solution, as this does not require a server.
    – simon
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 16:42

As of (almost) October 2015, it seems that there are several options available to you. For the best experience involving XMPP, you will need both client and server components that support XEP-0363.

Server software:

Client software:

  • Kaiwa is a "modern" Web-based XMPP client that supports both stream management and HTTP upload for media (including images).

  • Conversations is an Android application that allows for sharing of images.

  • Gajim, paired with the HTTP Upload Plugin, will support sharing of images. At this stage, you may have to modify the HTTP upload plugin to explicitly allow copy and pasting of the image itself; however, the client can select an image file to embed in the conversation.

  • Kaiwa looks like a possible solution for my question Web-based XMPP client (self-hosted and free/libre). Do you have experience with Kaiwa and would like to come up with an answer? I would appreciate it :)
    – unor
    Commented Sep 29, 2015 at 1:25
  • @unor, I'm glad that this answer is helpful to you. Unfortunately, I don't have quite enough experience with Kaiwa to answer your question well. I did some research on this subject recently because of my own interest in moving away from Google infrastructure.
    – baitisj
    Commented Sep 29, 2015 at 3:23
  • baitisj, thanks for the suggestions. I went with the ipmsg solution in the other answer, as it doesn't need a server, but I keep your suggestions in mind for the future.
    – simon
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 16:43
  • @simon, excellent. I'm glad my answer helped you arrive at the right tool for the job!
    – baitisj
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 19:09

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