Version: 3.0.2 || Release Date: 2010-03-08 || License: Other Open Source Developer: Kent Sutherland | App Owner: ksuther

Chax is a collection of minor modifications and additions that make using Apple's iChat more enjoyable.


  • Unified contact list shows all contacts from all accounts in one window
  • Growl notifications for new messages and users changing status
  • Automatically resize the contact list to fit the number of visible users
  • Built-in log viewer
  • Activity log that displays your contacts' status changes
  • Auto-accept file transfers, AV chats, and screen sharing requests
  • Toggle text status visibility of users
  • Always on top option for contact list, message windows and AV chats
  • Set font of names, status messages, and group separators
  • Option to auto-accept text chats, skipping new message notification window
  • Show status changes directly in the message window
  • Additional unread message notifications in the Dock
  • Automatically go away when the screensaver activates
  • Properly use ICQ accounts without sending text formatting in messages

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9 Opinions

Awesome app

I just want to point out that sigalakos's comment is no longer applicable. Chax 2.x supports a unified contact list.

Wow, finally ichat does everything I was missing from adium. Sweeeet

It's great! Now iChat uses less space. However I stil couldn't resolve my main gripe with iChat. That is, one window for all my contacts. be there AIM, Jabber ot Bonjour users. Now I have three little windows, one for each protocol, that's absurd. I guess I was used to Adium, but the inclusion of iSight cameras to almost all the notebook and desktop line of Apple, made iChat again a number one choice...

I don't comment on most apps iUse on here, but this one is definitely comment worthy. Made AIM much more versatile and useful.

I really didn't want to use Adium, and this solved everything. Plus, it has growl support.

This solved a lot of the problems I had with iChat. I encourage you to try it and to donate some money to Kent. He is extremely responsive to requests and comments.

another great piece of freeware. i only wish the tabs were a little more sleek and OS X-like.

Truly one heck of a utility. An absolute MUST HAVE. And be sure to explore the preferences, it adds some great features to iChat.