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We're in development of a website and we're looking into other options than just developing a chat engine ourselves.

We've looked at CometChat and ArrowChat. Which look and seem to be great except that it uses PHP/MySQL. They offer to host your chat server which can handle 100,000+ but honestly we'd like to be hosting it on our own servers and handle way more than that.

Know of any alternatives? We're looking for that Meebo/Facebook/CometChat/ArrowChat look and style but it needs to be fully customizable.

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Are you looking for server software or client software? – Flimzy Aug 20 '11 at 0:12
Client software I believe. – Michael Aug 20 '11 at 0:23
Then use whatever client software you want... client software only handles one client at a time, so there's no need to "scale". – Flimzy Aug 20 '11 at 0:53

Use a XMPP server like Openfire to handle the chat sessions. Then you can write your own XMPP client (e.g. in jQuery or wherever you want to run the client on) or check out this nice thread with several web-based XMPP clients.

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