poezio man page

Poezio — a ncurses jabber client written in python3


poezio [-f CONFIG_FILE] [-d DEBUG_FILE] [-h]


Poezio is a console jabber (XMPP) client written in Python and using ncurses to draw its interface. It aims at being similar to the most famous IRC clients, like weechat or irssi. The keyboard shortcuts are inspired from emacs. For more information on XMPP see http://xmpp.org and on Poezio see http://poezio.eu


-f, --file CONFIG_FILE
Run poezio using CONFIG_FILE as the config file instead of ~/.config/poezio/poezio.cfg
-d, --debug DEBUG_FILE
Log debug from both poezio and SleekXMPP in DEBUG_FILE. Debug contains incoming and outgoing stanzas in addition to various message helping poezio's debuging.
Display an help message


A tab, in Poezio, is the base structure of the interface. A tab may contains one or more windows, and can be of different types:

Roster tab
It contains a list of your contacts on the left, as well as an info window on the right.
MUC tab
MUC stands for "Multi-User Chat".
Conversation tab
It is used for one-to-one communication, usually when using a real Jabber account.
Private tab
It is used to privately communicate with someone in a MUC.

Key Bindings

While most of the keyboard shortcuts are common to all types of tabs, some of them are tab-specific.

Text edition

These shortcuts work in any kind of tab; most of them are identical to emacs' ones.

Move the cursor to the begining of the line.
Move the cursor to the end of the line.
Delete the word before the cursor.
Delete the text from the cursor to the end of the line and save it in the clipboard.
Delete the text from the beginning of the line to the cursor and save it in the clipboard.
Insert the text in the clipboard after the cursor.
Delete the char after the cursor (same as the Suppr key)

Navigation keybindings

F5, Ctrl+N
Go to the previous tab.
F6, Ctrl+P
Go to the next tab.
Go to the specified tab (from 0 to 9)
Alt+J <two-digits-number>
Go to the specified tab (from 00 to 99)
Go to the last visited tab.
Go to the next important tab (private message, highlight, simple message)
Decrease the information window size.
Increase the information window size.
Go to the roster.
Redraw the screen.
Up, Down
Browse the history of the last messages or commands you've entered.

Roster keybindings

Hide or show the offline contacts.
Search through your contact list.
Cancel a search.

MUC-specific keybindings

Move the line separator at the bottom of the text window.
Complete the nickname that you're typing. If nothing has been entered, insert the nickname of the last user who spoke.
Complete the word that you're typing, based on the list of the recently said words in the conversation.


Most commands support tab completion, both for their names and for their arguments. You can use the /help command to list all available commands, and /help <command> for a complete description of <command>.

The following is a basic description of the most widely used commands; you should refer to /help inside poezio for more documentation. <foo> denotes a obligatory argument, while [bar] is an optional argument (without argument, the /remove command, for example, acts on the currently selected contact)

Roster commands

/add <jid>
Add a JID to your roster.
/remove [jid]
Remove a contact from your roster.
/accept [jid]
Accept a JID that wants to subscribe to your presence.
/deny [jid]
The opposite of /accept.

MUC-specific commands

Change the color of the nicknames in the conversation. Useful when a few people are talking and their random color happen to be the same: using this command will let you differentiate them more easily.
/kick <user>
Kick the specified user from the room.
/show <status> [message]
Change your status, and status message, in the current room. You can use “avail”, “busy”, “away” and “xa” as your status, followed by an optional message.
/ignore <user>
Ignore the specified user.
/topic [topic text]
View or change the topic of the room.
/query <user>
Talk privately with the specified participant.
Leave the current room.



Known Issues

If you're using a terminal multiplexer such as screen or tmux, it may be setting $TERM to "screen", which breaks 256-color support. Consider setting your $TERM to something like "screen-256color".


You are encouraged to report bugs or feature requests on http://dev.louiz.org/projects/poezio. You can also find us on the Jabber chatroom poezio@muc.poezio.eu


Written by Florent Le Coz <louiz@louiz.org>

Later completed by Baptiste Jonglez <baptiste--poezio@jonglez.org>


Poezio dev team September 26, 2011