A chat server is a computer dedicated to providing the processing power to handle and maintain chatting and it users. For example, there are thousands of dedicated servers setup for IRC, each of these servers are considered a chat server.
Examples of chat servers
There are many different types of chat servers and services that can be used to maintain your own online chat. Below are a few of the more popular examples.
Tip: There are thousands of chat servers available online that allow you to create your own channel and a chat server is only needed if you want to run and host other people's chat.
IRC chat servers
- IRCd or IRC daemon - IRCd is an IRC chat server originally developed by Jarkko Oikarinen that spun off ircu (a daemon used for Undernet IRC networks) and other IRC daemons.
- UnrealIRCd - One of the most popular Open Source IRC Server daemons that runs on Linux, OS X, and Windows.
- InspIRCd - A IRC chat server developed from scratch for Linux, BSD, Windows, and Mac OS X systems.
XMPP chat servers
- Openfire - Openfire is a real time collaboration (RTC) server that uses XMPP (also called Jabber). Openfire is incredibly easy to setup and administer, but offers rock-solid security and performance.