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We need your help to make Prav available for iPhone users

January 8, 2024

We need your help! In our experience, onboarding iOS users to XMPP is inconvenient right now compared to Android - there is no Quicksy-like phone number/SMS OTP sign up (With Quicksy app on Android, all you need to start chatting is to enter your phone number similar to how popular apps like WhatsApp, Telegram or Signal works). Developing a convenient and easy-to-onboard XMPP iOS app is one of our top priorities.

Prav is now available from F-Droid store for Free Software Andoid apps

October 26, 2023

Good news! Prav is now available to download from the F-Droid app store, a repository of Free Software apps we recommend for Android users. If you do not already have F-Droid, you can get it from Once you install F-Droid, you can just search for “prav” and install it like many other Free Software apps already available from F-Droid. This will also notify you whenever a new version of Prav is available.

Now you can get a Prav account by simply entering an OTP received by SMS on your phone

September 12, 2023

Good news: we are one step closer to the Prav public beta release! Earlier we had to create an account manually on the server and people had to explicitly request us an account by filling a form on the website. This is not required anymore :) Prav now supports SMS registration via OTP. Thanks to Jishnu, Siddharth, Arya, Kiran and Akshay. We were unable to send SMS via OTP earlier because the Quicksy Server only supported the older deprecated version of Twilio (PravServer is based on Quicksy Server) and we had to update Prav Server to work with the newer version of twilio API.

Inviting Developers for Prav Public Beta Release

June 14, 2023

Prav is currently in private beta and we are planning to release a public beta soon for everyone to try out the service. We are looking for a Java developer with knowledge of Android app development. Please send us your proposals along with the amount of money required for you to work on the project. Features to implement We need these features to be implemented in the public beta version of the Prav app:

Top priority features for Prav

April 7, 2023

After having a private beta launch, we did a poll with people who showed interest in planning the project, to prioritize development of features in Prav app. The results of the poll are out. We will focus our resources on these features as priority now. Below is the screenshot of the outcome of the poll: Screenshot of results of our poll Some of the features are useful for the whole xmpp protocol, while others are goals specific to Prav project.

Plan B for forming the Cooperative

March 30, 2023

The Prav project plans to form a Multi State Cooperative Society in India. The legal requirement to do so is to have at least 50 members each from at least two Indian states. Currently, we have crossed the 50 member mark from Kerala only and trying to meet the requirement from a second state. The state Maharashtra has 19 members as of now and other states have 6 or less. You can help by becoming a member if you are interested in the prav project or by getting your contacts to be members.

Prav Initial Version is ready

December 7, 2022

Good news! We have initial version of Prav ready and working. We will test the app with people who are interested in the project and looking to have a public beta release soon. Many thanks to all who helped us reach this milestone. Please check the credits page for more details.

The Second Best Time to Protect Your Privacy

May 14, 2022

This article was written by Kyle Rankin, President of Purism, for the Purism website blog, released under CC-BY-SA 4.0 license. There is a well-known Chinese proverb that says “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now.” This saying applies to many areas of life, and it also applies to privacy. The last few decades have seen a dramatic increase in the depth and breadth of privacy invasions from Big Tech companies.

Prav and the Digital Markets Act by European Union

April 26, 2022

We at Prav welcome the draft of the Digital Markets Act by the European Commission, which attempts to dilute the gatekeeping power of big companies by forcing them to open the market to new players, but we believe there is much room for improvement. For example, Apple will be made to allow iPhone users to download apps from outside their App Store, and WhatsApp will have to let its users to communicate with others through alternative messengers.

iOS app recommendations for XMPP

March 11, 2022

Last updated: 9 January 2024 We are raising funds to build Prav iOS app based on Monal. This can can take a while to complete, so in this post, we list XMPP apps currently available on iOS according to their features. These are the features we consider essential: End-to-end encryption using OMEMO by default. Support background notifications. Ability for audio/video calls. Users can sign up within the app. Blocking accounts you don’t want to chat with.