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Chat client: chat.ucsd.edu

Learn about chat.ucsd.edu, which lets you communicate quickly, simply, and securely.

About chat.ucsd.edu and Jabber

chat.ucsd.edu is based on Jabber, an open-source, free alternative to instant messaging services, such as AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, and MSN. Learn more by reading Jabber's FAQ.

Chat.ucsd.edu does not log chat sessions. The only information stored on server is your username and password at the time of login and logout. However, be aware that most chat clients have logging functionality and the other person may be logging your chats.

Download the client

Select a Jabber/ XMPP client below to see connection instructions on how to download a client, get started and add buddies. A full list of clients is available at xmpp.org.

Mac OS X comes with iMessage, which is compatible with Jabber.

Username and password for chat.ucsd.edu

Usernames for students, faculty, and staff should be the first part of your UC San Diego email account (for example, jsmith@ucsd.edu).

Your username and password will only be valid while you are a UC San Diego student or employee.


Look up your username with the Account Lookup Tool. You can reset your password if you do not remember it.

Faculty and staff

If you do not know your UC San Diego email address, talk to your department network administrator. Reset your password with the AD Password Change Tool.

Note: If you can't change your password, stop by the ITS Service Desk with a photo ID.