Ekiga, a Video Conferencing and VoIP Solution

Ekiga is an open source software for Video Conferencing and VoIP solutions. It is formerly known as GnomeMeeting. It is known for the HD sound quality and video up to DVD size and quality.

The purpose of Ekiga has always been to be a mix between a simple chat application and a professional IP Telephony tool for the GNU/Linux desktop. As a SIP softphone, it can completely replace hardware SIP IP phones and many people are using it as such.

Lately, Ekiga announced that will release the fifth edition (5.0). With this upcoming version, most of the code has been reorganized and some parts have been completely rewritten. The user interface is completely new and is now using cutting-edge technologies like GTK+3 or even Clutter to display video. New codecs have been added, and new features will be added.


Below are some of the main features of Ekiga Softphone:

  • Ease of use with a modern Graphical User Interface
  • Audio and Video free calls through the internet
  • Free Instant Messaging through the internet with Presence support
  • Audio (and video) calls to landlines and cell phones with support to the cheapest service providers
  • High Definition Sound (wideband) and Video Quality up to DVD quality (high framerate, state of the art quality codec and frame size)
  • Free of choice of the service provider
  • SMS to cell phones if the service provider supports it (like the default provider)
  • Standard Telephony features support like Call Hold, Call Transfer, Call Forwarding, DTMF
  • Remote and Local Address Book support: Remote Address Book support with authentification using the standard LDAP technology, Local Address support in Gnome (Evolution)
  • Multi platform: Windows and GNU/Linux
  • Wide interoperability: Ekiga use the main deployed stantards for telephony protocols (SIP and H.323) and has been tested with a wide range of softphones, hardphones, PBX and service providers

How to Install

If you want to install Ekiga in Ubuntu run the following commands:

sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install ekiga

In case you are using Debian just run the command below:

aptitude install ekiga

Below are some screenshots from the app:



Ekiga ScreenShot