Usage Messages

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The Messages window allows you to talk with other ed2k and Kad netowork users. It also provide an easy way to keep a list of friends on the network to easily contact and share files.

The messages window looks like this:


We must understand that the Messages window has two different purposes:

  • Keeping a list of friends
  • Contacting other clients

Friends list

The Friends list is located to the left of the window:

It is a place where you can keep a list of friends. Once a client is in your friend list it will never be removed unless you explicitely ask to do so. This allows to easily locate your friends (since they are always on your friends list, even if they are not known to be online) without having to scroll through all the known clients list in the Transfers window.

Each item listed in the list is a friend client.

The following operations can be perfomed from the friends list:

Add a friend

You may want to add a friend to the friends list. If so, right click on the list and select Add a friend.

This will open a new window.

Here you must fill the first two fields (IP and port) with the IP and port (the client's standard TCP port, usually 4662) of the client you want to add as a friend.

Additionally you may want to enter the cleint's username. This will be useful while the client isn't conntacted since it will be displayed in the list with that username instead of the IP address. Once the client is reached, hte displayed name will be replaced with the username the client is really using.

Also additionally, you can provide the client's userhash. This makes it harder for another client to be mistaken with your friend. Let me explain: when you provide the IP address and the port, many clients use dynamic IPs, so if your friend changed the IP, maybe another client is using it. Since most clients use the same port, chances are that it is possible (allthough hard to happen) that sometimes you think you are contacting a friend which actually isn't the client you thought it would be. By providing your friend's userhash it is almost impossible for this to happen, since every client in the network has a unique userhash.

Remove friend

If you select a friend, right-click over it and select the Remove Friend item you will remove that client from your friends list.

You can also remove a friend by selecting it and pressing the SUPR key on the keyboard.

Send message

There are two ways to send a message.

First, you can right click over the friend you want to send a message to and select the item Send Message.

The alternate, more straight-forward, way is by double clicking on the friend.

Both methods will open a new chat tab to begin a conversation.

Show details

If you select a friend, right-click over it and select the Show Details you will be able to see the client details of that client.

This option might be disabled if the friend is not confirmed to be online.

View files

By selecting a friend, right-clicking over it and selecting View Files you can request that client (friend) to give a list of the files it is sharing.

If the request succeedes, the list of files will be available in the Searches window. The tab name will be the username of the friend.

Usually, however, this requst will fail, since by default, for security issues, sharing the shared files list is denied. You will notice if the request failed because it will be reported in the log and, therefore, in the status bar:

Establish a friend slot

You have a very powerfull option which only friends are able to be given: establishing an upload slot (friend slot).

Have in mind that only one friend at a time can be given the friend slot.

To give a friend the upload slot, select the friend from the friends list, right-click over it and select the Establish Friend Slot.

This option might be disabled if the friend is not confirmed to be online.


If you have sent a message or started a chat dialog with a client or friend you will want to look at the messaging dialog.


Once a chat has began, a chat tab will appear:

On the chat tab you will see all the messages you have sent/recieved to the other user, that is, the whole conversation.

Each message is preceded with the time it was sent/received and the username of the client who sent the message (so that you know which messages are yours and which aren't). Your username is displayed in green while the other client's name is displayed in blue. This coulred display helps keeping a syncronized conversation.

You will also see control messages such as connection and disconnection messages, control data scuh as the IP and pot of the other user and other information which might be useful.

To send a message, make sure you are on the tab of the user you want to send the message to. Then enter the message in the message box.

To send it, either type the ENTER key on the keyboard or click on the Send button.

Close a conversation

To stop an active search just click on the Close button (or close the active tab as explained later in this article):


Main descriptions and usage

Whenever you start a chat a tab is displayed:

If you now start another chat, a new tab will appear and the other chat tab(s) will go to background leaving the new tab in forground:

Each tab shows a text which corresponds to the username of the client you are talking to on that tab.

If you click on any of the tabs, you will switch to the chat you are/were having with the client who's username is in the tab title. This allows you to have multple chats simultaneously.

Close a tab

When passing the mouse over the friend icon in the tab, the icon will become an 'X' button, which allows you to close the tab by clicking it.

Also, as explained before, you can just click the Close.

Scroll tabs

When there are enough openned tabs not to fit in the window you will be able to scroll through the tabs by using the two arrows displayed to the right and left of the tabs.

Tabs extended options (right-click) menu

By right clicking on a tab you get a menu like this:

Selecting Close tab option will close the selected tab.

Selecting Close all tabs will close all tabs.

Selecting Close other tabs will close all tabs except for the one selected.

Detecting incoming messages

If you are not expecting a message or you are not viewing the Messages window, you may still notice when new messages arrive. You have two ways to notice:

When a message arrives and you are not in the Messages window, the Messages icon in the Toolbar will blink blue and red.

Also, whenever a message arrives, the log text in the Status bar will say so.


Even if you are only connected to the ed2k network and the other client is only connected to the Kad network, you will still be able to talk. An viceversa. Even if you aren't connected to any network at all!

The only requisite is that both you and the other client are online (in the sense of "connected to the net") with your *Mule client open and know each other, since the connections are done through direct IP:Port messages (packets), not over the ed2k or Kad networks.


Messages window
Number Description
1 Friends list
2 A friend
3 Chat box
4 Conversation dialog
5 Control messages
6 Tab header
7 Close tab
8 Username of the dialoger
9 Time the message was sent/recieved
10 Your username
11 The other dialoger's username
12 Message sent/recieved
13 Input message box
14 Send message
15 Close this chat
Empty friends list options
Number Description
1 Add a friend to the friends list
Friends options
Number Description
1 Show details about the friend (client)
2 Add add a friend to the friends list
3 Remove selected friend(s) from the friends list
4 Start a chat dialog with selected friend(s)
5 View selected friend(s)'s shared files (when possible)
6 Set the friend slot (upload slot) to the selected friend
Add friend window
Number Description
1 Friend's IP address
2 Friend's standard client TCP port
3 Friend's username (optional)
4 Friend's userhash (optional)
5 Add friend with the given properties
6 Close window without adding any friend
Tab options
Number Description
1 Close the selected tab
2 Close all tabs
3 Close all tabs except the selected one