Started in 2002, Openfire is a real-time communication server implementing the XMPP (Jabber) and WebRTC protocols with a SIP gateway. It offers a very large number of features and a great admin panel and source code is available under the Apache 2.0 license. It includes Jitsi Meet and Converse, and interacts with Pàdé. The Openfire Fastpath Plugin adds support for managed queued chat requests, such as a support team might use. For example, a web based "Live Support" interface can point a potential customer at a workgroup representing the Sales team. Members of that workgroup will receive notification that a someone is waiting and when someone from that workgroup accepts, the customer and the team member will be connected to communicate with each other. See also Why Openfire.

Key Features

Full standard XMPP feature set

  • Presence
  • Store and send offline messages
  • Server to server messages
  • XEP-0136: Message Archiving
  • Multi-device
  • XEP-280 message carbons
  • File transfer

WebRTC videoconference

  • Web chat interface
  • Screen sharing
  • Active speaker identification


  • Encryption (done by clients)
  • Runs on standard GNU/Linux server (and even Windows)
  • OpenLDAP user integration available
  • Some users can be in a browser and others with an XMPP client
  • Web-based admin panel


  • Meeting planner (email notifications of upcoming meetings)
  • Fastpath (managed queued chat requests, such as a support team might use)
  • PDF Presentations via PDF.js
  • Collaborative drawing (whiteboard) (Alpha)
  • Collaborative text editing (Alpha)
  • Co-Browsing (Alpha)
  • SIP integration: Phone-in & call out phone numbers to the conference (Alpha)
  • Recording a conference (Beta)
  • Remote Control of keyboard and mouse (Alpha)
  • Copy-Paste (Alpha)

Jitsi Meet vs Openfire Meetings

"Although jitmeet Jitsi Meet and ofmeet (Openfire Meetings) look similar, they are different underneath and are heading in different directions. Jitsi Meet is for generic XMPP servers and aimed at public internet facing conferencing using services like prezi.org and etherpad.org while Openfire Meetings is for private in-house conferencing where all collaboration applications are integrated into Openfire. For example, Ofmeet uses a PDF viewer which supports in-house corporate powerpoint presentations, while Jitmeet uses prezi.org."
Source: https://community.igniterealtime.org/blogs/ignite/2014/05/01/jitsi-videobridge-ver-130

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