What is Tox?
Tox is a completely free and open source, end-to-end encrypted messenger, focusing on user’s privacy and security, preventing massive surveillance, which outshines other instant messenger like Skype, QQ etc.
Technically speaking, Tox is just the core library that provides the Tox protocol and API. There are a few implementations of Tox. Here’s a list of implementations for different platforms.
- Linux: qTox, uTox
- Mac OS X: qTox, uTox.
- Windows: qTox, uTox
- Android: Antox
- iOS: Antidote
How to Use Tox to Chat with Your Friends and Family?
Tox is decentralized, end-to-end communication. There are no central servers to store user’s message whatsoever. You need to create a profile when you use Tox on a device. In other words, this profile identifies your device rather than yourself. Every Tox profile has a 76 hexadecimal characters as the Tox ID.
So you have to download and install a Tox client on your computer (qTox or uTox), on your phone (Antox or Antidote) and then create a profile and you will be able to chat with your friends and family.
How To Add friends on Tox Client?
As I’ve said, the Tox ID is a 76 hexadecimal characters that identifies your device. To add a friend, you need to enter these characters into the
add friends text field.
But who in the world can remembers such long characters? The account resolution service comes to the rescue! This service can translate those 76 characters into email addresses such as
[email protected] which is much easier for the human brain. This is very similar to the DNS service.
Which Tox Client Should I Use?
Currently, qTox is the easiest and has more features than other Tox Client. qTox can help you capture the compute screen, send files to your friends. You can also do voice call and video call with qTox. If you are a Linux user and use different computers very often, then install qTox. qTox is also recommended for Windows and Mac users. Android users install Antox. iPhone users install Antidote.
Install Tox Clients from Official Tox apt Repository
The Tox apt repository currently only support sid, jessie, stretch, vivid and wily
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
Append the following line at the end of the file. Replace codename with your distributions’ codename. For example, Ubuntu 15.10 users need to replace codename with “wily” (without quotes).
deb https://pkg.tox.chat/debian nightly codename
Save and close the file. Then download Tox GPG key with
wget and import the key to your system with
wget -qO - https://pkg.tox.chat/debian/pkg.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -
apt-transport-https so APT can download the qTox deb package securely.
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https
Update local package index.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install qtox
Install qTox on Arch Linux
qTox is in the Arch Linux community repository, so you can use pacman to install it.
sudo pacman -S qtox
Install qTox on Fedora, OpenSUSE and Other Linux Distributions
Download qTox binary from https://wiki.tox.chat/binaries#other_linux
tar xvf qTox.*.tar.xz
A new binary file will be created in the current directory. Double click to run it. If qTox failed to launch, you can open a terminal in the current directory and enter
to see error messages.
On first launch, you will be asked to create a profile. Choose a username and password.
After you login, the add friends interface will be presented as you have no friends on Tox yet. The interface of qTox is very clear and easy to navigate. On the left pane, there are 4 tabs used for adding friend, creating groups and group chat, file transfer list and settings respectively.
To add friends on qTox, click the plus button on the lower left corner and paste the Tox ID of your friends. If your friends register an email account, then enter the email address of your friends. It’s much easier.
To get your Tox ID, click on your username and you can find it in the right pane.
How To Register an Email Account with Tox?
Go to the official Tox website https://toxme.io/. Click the sign up link.
On the next page, enter your name, your Tox ID. Write a short Bio and hit the publish button.
Now you can get your email account and password on the next page. Remember your password.
After that, you can go to this page https://toxme.io/friends/0 to check out other Tox user’s email account and add some friends.
Tox and Tox clients are still in heavy development. More Linux distributions will be supported in the future. Tox is the answer to the 2013 NSA surveillance scandal. So it’s highly recommend for people who values their privacy and security.
Add me on qTox !
email: [email protected]
76 Hexadecimal Characters: 7B8E51ED1CDCEB68C55AF48B873256D5A1730061C41C4D3FC8D4DB31C4059923F607079AAA8E