Note regarding End-to-End encryption
Currently the implementation is at best a proof of concept and it should only be used for testing purposes.
Most of the features you would expect from a chat application are missing right now but we are getting close to a more feature complete client. Specifically there is support for:
- E2E encryption (text messages only: attachments are currently sent unencrypted).
- User registration.
- Creating, joining & leaving rooms.
- Sending & receiving invites.
- Sending & receiving files and emoji (inline widgets for images, audio and file messages).
- Typing notifications.
- Username auto-completion.
- Message & mention notifications.
- Redacting messages.
- Read receipts.
- Basic communities support.
- Room switcher (ctrl-K).
- Light, Dark & System themes.
Releases for Linux (AppImage), macOS (disk image) & Windows (x64 installer) can be found in the Github releases.
pacaur -S nheko # nheko-git
sudo dnf install nheko
sudo layman -a matrix sudo emerge -a nheko
Alpine Linux (and postmarketOS)
Make sure you have the testing repositories from
edge enabled. Note that this is not needed on postmarketOS.
sudo apk add nheko
flatpak install flathub io.github.NhekoReborn.Nheko
macOS (10.12 and above)
with macports :
sudo port install nheko
- Qt5 (5.7 or greater). Qt 5.7 adds support for color font rendering with Freetype, which is essential to properly support emoji.
- CMake 3.1 or greater.
- Boost 1.66 or greater.
- A compiler that supports C++ 14:
- Clang 5 (tested on Travis CI)
- GCC 7 (tested on Travis CI)
- MSVC 19.13 (tested on AppVeyor)
If you don't want to install any external dependencies, you can generate an AppImage locally using docker.
sudo pacman -S qt5-base \ qt5-tools \ qt5-multimedia \ qt5-svg \ cmake \ gcc \ fontconfig \ lmdb \ cmark \ boost \ libsodium
sudo emerge -a ">=dev-qt/qtgui-5.7.1" media-libs/fontconfig
Ubuntu (e.g 14.04)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:beineri/opt-qt592-trusty sudo add-apt-repository ppa:george-edison55/cmake-3.x sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r-test sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install -y g++-7 qt59base qt59svg qt59tools qt59multimedia cmake liblmdb-dev libsodium-dev
macOS (Xcode 8 or later)
brew update brew install qt5 lmdb cmake llvm libsodium spdlog boost cmark
Install Visual Studio 2017's "Desktop Development" and "Linux Development with C++" (for the CMake integration) workloads.
Download the latest Qt for windows installer and install it somewhere. Make sure to install the
MSVC 2017 64-bittoolset for at least Qt 5.9 (lower versions does not support VS2017).
Install dependencies with
vcpkg. You can simply clone it into a subfolder of the root nheko source directory.
git clone http:\\github.com\Microsoft\vcpkg cd vcpkg .\bootstrap-vcpkg.bat .\vcpkg install --triplet x64-windows \ boost-asio \ boost-beast \ boost-iostreams \ boost-random \ boost-signals2 \ boost-system \ boost-thread \ cmark \ libsodium \ lmdb \ openssl \ zlib
- Install dependencies not managed by vcpkg. (libolm, libmtxclient, libmatrix_structs)
Inside the project root run the following (replacing the path to vcpkg as necessary).
cmake -G "Visual Studio 15 2017 Win64" -Hdeps -B.deps -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=C:/Users/<your-path>/vcpkg/scripts/buildsystems/vcpkg.cmake -DUSE_BUNDLED_BOOST=OFF cmake --build .deps --config Release cmake --build .deps --config Debug
First we need to install the rest of the dependencies that are not available in our system
cmake -Hdeps -B.deps \ -DUSE_BUNDLED_BOOST=OFF # if we already have boost & spdlog installed. -DUSE_BUNDLED_SPDLOG=OFF cmake --build .deps
We can now build nheko by pointing it to the path that we installed the dependencies.
cmake -H. -Bbuild -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=.deps/usr cmake --build build
If the build fails with the following error
Could not find a package configuration file provided by "Qt5Widgets" with any of the following names: Qt5WidgetsConfig.cmake qt5widgets-config.cmake
You might need to pass
-DCMAKE_PREFIX_PATH to cmake to point it at your qt5 install.
e.g on macOS
cmake -H. -Bbuild -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DCMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=$(brew --prefix qt5) cmake --build build
nheko binary will be located in the
After installing all dependencies, you need to edit the
be able to load and compile nheko within Visual Studio.
You need to fill out the paths for the
CMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE and the
The toolchain file should point to the
vcpkg.cmake and the Qt5 dir to the
Examples for the paths are:
Now right click into the root nheko source directory and choose
Open in Visual Studio.
You can choose the build type Release and Debug in the top toolbar.
After a successful CMake generation you can select the
nheko.exe as the run target.
Build all in the CMake menu or press
F7 to compile the executable.
To be able to run the application the last step is to install the needed Qt dependencies next to the nheko binary.
Start the "Qt x.xx.x 64-bit for Desktop (MSVC 2017)" command promt and run
cd <path-to-nheko>\build-vc\Release\Release windeployqt nheko.exe
The final binary will be located inside
build-vc\Release\Release for the Release build
build-vc\Debug\Debug for the Debug build.
Here are some screen shots to get a feel for the UI, but things will probably change.