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From the project home page: "Tox is a distributed, secure messenger with audio and video chat capabilities."


In order to use Tox, you should install a Tox client. See List of applications/Internet#Tox clients.

Run a node

To be able to connect to others, Tox needs to connect to a DHT node first. All DHT nodes are connected to each other, and since everyone is connected to at least one DHT node, you can connect to others one way or the other.

Install toxcore. The package creates user 'tox-bootstrapd' and includes a systemd unit file in /usr/lib/systemd/system/tox-bootstrapd.service and a configuration file in /etc/tox-bootstrapd.conf.

Edit the configuration file and add appropriate nodes from Tox wiki or Node status page.

Enable and start tox-bootstrapd.service, and check if it is running fine and port has been bound:

# ss --listening --numeric --processes | grep node_port
udp        0      0 *:node_port                 *:*                                 576/DHT_bootstrap