Now you can learn to chat with your friends directly from the command line interface using any of your pre-configured accounts. Finch messaging client can integrate all of your chat accounts and protocols into one fairly easy to use command line application.
You can access your standard preferences of any of your accounts at any time or manage your plugins as well. Finch has several keyboard shortcuts to provide for easy CLI navigation. Even change the shortcuts to suite your needs.
Installing finch is as easy as typing these commands into your terminal.
$ sudo apt-get install finch
$ finch --help – Use this to get more information on Finch Instant Messagin client.
$ finch --nologin – You may not want your accounts to login automatically, use this to start Finch in offline mode.
Alt + a – Use this to see a list of possible actions for Finch.
Alt + n – Jump to the next window.
Alt + p – Jump to the last window.
Alt + w – This will allow you to select the window you want to bring to the front.
Alt + c – You can close a window or a message with this shortcut.
Alt + q – Use this to quit Finch.
Alt + m – With this you can move a window with the arrow keys. When finished press Enter or Escape to exit move mode.
Alt + r – Resizes windows with the Arrow keys. Use Enter or Exit to leave resize mode.
Alt + l – This will refresh your finch windows and can be useful after resizing or moving windows.
Alt + 1 – You can use the Alt key with any number to just to that window in the list.
Alt + Tab – This will open a highlighted or urgent window if there is one.
Alt + Shift + Tab – Will open a previously highlighted message.
Ctrl + o – Use this to access a list of options for the open window.
Alt + / – Get more keyboard shortcuts.
F9 – If Finch becomes cluttered you can create a new workspace with this command allowing you to move windows around freeing up space.
Alt + s – This will show a list of your workspaces.
alt + t – Use this to tag windows for movement.
alt + T – This will move all of your tagged windows into the current workspace. Make sure you switch to the new workspace first with the windows already tagged.
Alt + > – This shortcut will switch to your next workspace.
Alt + < – Switch to your previous workspace.