Ekiga 4.0 aka "The Victory Release" available!

The legendary Linux softphone is back for more!

Three years after the 3.2 release, Ekiga 4.0 aka "The Victory Release" is finally available.

This is a major release with many major improvements.

Where to get it ?

Ekiga sources and Windows binaries are available at:

Required librairies can be found at:

Here is the list of changes

New Features and Improvements:
  • Completely new user interface with improved roster, separate call window and improved chat window and accounts window
  • Fixes in the call history
  • Themeable icons
  • Better GNOME 3 integration with improved notifications and tray icon removal
  • Add a new assistant page with an introduction to accounts
  • Reduced startup time
  • New PulseAudio plugin
  • New audio codecs: SILK (used by skype), G.722.1 (aka Siren 7), G.722.2 (aka GSM-AMR Wide band)
  • Video codecs changes: H.264 optimisations
  • Added RTP TOS support
  • Call auto-answer
  • Partial support for handling multiple video streams (H.239)
  • Improve audio accuracy on some audio cards
  • Various usability fixes:
    • hitting enter in the roster will trigger a call,
    • added mnemonics to various parts of the UI,
    • improved Enter key usage in chat (use shift-Enter for soft Enter),
    • optimized UI for small screens,
    • added several tooltips
  • Improved notifications when detecting a new audio device
  • Converted many dependencies as plugins: evolution-data-server, avahi, ldap, ...
  • Many fixes in the experimental Jabber/XMPP and GStreamer plugins
  • Fixes in the LDAP plugin
  • Several HIG strings related fixes
  • Updated manual
SIP Support
  • Various SIP interoperability fixes
  • Added SIP Service-Route header support (RFC 3608)
  • Various SIP/SIMPLE presence related fixes
  • Fixed registration to broken registrars
  • Unregister all accounts on quit
  • Publish offline presence on quit
  • Refresh NAT bindings with SIP OPTIONS requests
  • Support for DNS SRV caching
Various Build Fixes
  • Add arm-linux-gnueabihf (armhf) and GNU/Hurd support
  • Fixed modern FreeBSD compilation
  • Added support for recent evolution-data-server, GTK 2.x, OPAL, PTLIB, libavcodec, libx264, libnotify libraries, autoconf and removed deprecated methods
  • Moved from sigc++ to boost
Windows Port Fixes
  • Support mingw-w64 and its own headers for building the WIN32 release
  • Allow execution from Start->Execute menu
  • Reduced startup time
Distributor-Visible Changes
  • New dependency: libv4l-dev (for HAL video hotplugging)
  • New dependency: gnome-icon-theme
  • libavcodec5x and gnome-icon-theme must be manually set as runtime dependencies, since they are loaded during runtime
  • libnotify and avahi are now plugins

For a better user experience, Ekiga developers highly recommend the libnotify plugin to be automatically packaged with Ekiga.

Translation Updates
  • Updated translations: ar, as, ast, bg, bn_IN, ca, ca@valencia, cs, da, de, en@GB, en@shaw, es, el, eo, et, eu, fi, fr, gl, gu, he, hi, hu, id, it, ja, kn, kk, ko, lt, lv, ml, mr, nb, nn, or, pa, pl, pt, pt_BR, ro, ru, sk, sl, sr, sr@latin, sv, ta, th, tr, ug, uk, vi, zh_CN, zh_HK, zh_TW
  • Removed obsolete translations: be
  • Updated help translations: de, el, es, sl uk, zh_CN