Programming language: JavaScript
License: GNU Affero General Public License v3.0
Tags: Communication systems     Custom    
Latest version: v1.2

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Kandan - Modern Open Source Chat

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What is Kandan? Kandan is a private chat service for your company or team. You can invite colleagues to share ideas and files in a persistent group chat room or rooms.

Unlike HipChat or other alternatives, Kandan is completely Open Source and can be hosted internally or externally by your organization or by a third party.

Standard Features

These are features that work out of the box on any provider:

  • Easy deploy to CloudFoundry, Heroku, dotCloud, etc.
  • Collaborative team chat
  • Unlimited channels
  • Embed formats for images and youtube videos with requests for others (twitter, facebook, g+, etc.)
  • Synchronized sound player - play any audio-tag compatible url for the whole channel (Pending :P)
  • /me command!
  • Highly extensible plugin format
  • Your very own robotic companion


See DEPLOY.md for information on deploying.


We're tracking milestones and todo items in the tracker See the issue tracker

Get Involved!

That's not a question, it's an order! Or more of a friendly offer, really. Kandan is a fully open-source app, so dive in and start adding features, fixing bugs (what bugs?), and cleaning up the code.

You can also email us at [email protected]



Kandan's code and assets are dual-licensed. Kandan is available generally under the AGPL, and also under a custom license via special agreement. See LICENSE for the AGPL terms, and contact us at [email protected] if you're interested in development of Kandan under a custom license.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Kandan README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.