Welcome to Vines

Vines is an XMPP chat server that supports thousands of simultaneous connections by using EventMachine for asynchronous IO. User data is stored in a SQL database, CouchDB, MongoDB, Redis, the file system, or a custom storage implementation that you provide. LDAP authentication can be used so user names and passwords aren't stored in the chat database. SSL encryption is mandatory on all client and server connections.

The Vines XMPP server includes a web chat client. The web application is available immediately after starting the chat server at localhost:5280/chat/.

Additional documentation can be found at www.getvines.org.


  1. gem install vines

  2. vines init wonderland.lit

  3. cd wonderland.lit && vines start

  4. Login with your favorite chat program (iChat, Adium, Pidgin, etc.) to start chatting!


Vines requires Ruby 1.9.2 or better. Instructions for installing the needed OS packages, as well as Ruby itself, are available at www.getvines.org/ruby.


  • David Graham <david@negativecode.com>


Vines is released under the MIT license. Check the LICENSE file for details.