Ok. I have tried Kopete last week and I was pretty impress about the multi platform support, it’s appearance and most importantly the ability to support webcam (I tried it on my A4tech PK-635M and it works great!). Although it has almost the feature I am looking for an IM client, it still lack ONE more thing: Voice Support. The development according to KDE wiki is still on hold though they claim that support for voice to Gtalk are possible but may result to frequent crash. You ain’t like that isn’t? So as a result, I searched an IM once again that can support both voice chat and webcam for the yahoo messenger platform (BTW did I mention that I like Yahoo Messenger?)

In my search I found this IM, Gyachi/Gyache.

gyachiYMforLinux GyachI/E: Yahoo Messenger for Linux

This Yahoo! client for Linux operating system supports almost all of the features you would expect to find on the official Windows Yahoo! client: Voice chat, webcams, faders, ‘nicknames’, audibles, avatars, display images, and more. Yet, it remains very light-weight and memory-friendly. GyachE Improved uses Gtk-2 for its user interfaces (Gtk-2 2.0.6 or better required).

If you want to see more screenshots, go here.

What I found out about Gyache?

At first, it was thrilling to know that all Yahoo Messenger’s feature are supported by Gyache and it seems that I just found the the right IM for me in Linux. Since I was using Linux Mint, I downloaded the .deb package instead of using this ‘Alien’ (command for compilation) that I initially got which I found not suitable for Linux newbies.

After the installation, I checked all the features right away. It still uses the all ‘chimes sound‘ that Yahoo has before. The chat room is present (but by default, you will be headed to the Linux chatroom), audibles and the voice chat.

I don’t know yet if the webcam was automatically fixed by default or through the “Jasper library” that I installed previously for Kopete. But if in any case that you’ll be prompted for the error “Jasper image convert program” just head over here for tips on how to install it in Ubuntu distro.

The bad part was it’s appearance. I really don’t like it. I wish it had the same skin that Kopete uses just to make it more appealing in the eyes. If it’s developer will continue to work it out to improve it’s skins appearance then Gyachi is a must have IM for all Linux Distros specially for those who prefer YM as their chat client.

How to install?

  1. Download the .deb package here. (for Linux Mint and Gutsy Gibbon user’s)
  2. Double click to install the package, key in your password if necessary.
  3. Go to ‘Daryna‘ > Applications > Internet > Gyachi Improved to run the client. Sign-in and enjoy chatting!


  1. 1
    February 20th, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Is it possible to make computer -to- regular phone line calls, (http://voice.yahoo.com/, also known as “Phone Out”)?

    I still have some money on my yahoo voice account.
    Thank you.

  2. 2
    February 20th, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    yeah, I think so JC with regards to meebo, I have yet to confirm that. Is there somebody out here that have tried that service?

  3. 3
    March 19th, 2008 at 11:09 am

    I don’t think there is Phone Out service available in Gyachi. I just installed it and looked through it. I was also interested in finding a way to do that through ubuntu. I’m gonna try to install yahoo messenger through wine and see if it works.

  4. 4
    April 6th, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    i did download GYACHI to get yahoo messenger but cant sign in at the end. it always shows, that my passwort is incorrect. as i try to sign in for the first time i dont know what password i m supposed to write in.

    does anyone have an answer to this?

  5. 5
    April 13th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    check first if your password is working in yahoo mail.

  6. 6
    May 11th, 2008 at 11:51 am

    installation is like the summer wind.
    tks guys

  7. 7
    May 14th, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    i installed gyache on my laptop successfully but i am unable to login. it always says invalid user. i made sure that my address and password are right. i’m confused about the server part i don’t know what server to use for yahoo canada e-mail address (messenger). i tried all the server from the drop down menu, all of them didn’t work… please help…

    thanks very much

  8. 8
    May 15th, 2008 at 6:56 am


    Leave the server as it is. On the user name type it without the ‘@yahoo.com’.

  9. 9
    May 15th, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks very Much Deric…
    it works….

  10. 10
    June 27th, 2008 at 7:23 am

    hello sir,madam
    required for yahoo masenger use the ubuntu linux
    please sent my email id


    your abhishek

  11. 11
    November 9th, 2008 at 4:42 pm


  12. 12
    aghe milano
    January 27th, 2009 at 8:14 am

    just upload my compiled source of gyachi ver.1.1.61 for debian lenny/sid,in case somebody want it


  13. 13
    January 31st, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Renu: when I tried to extract your package I got an error message about there being an extra bit, and also the (checksum?) not matching, so it wouldn’t even attempt an install. Maybe you could recompile it? I’d really love to try it out!

  14. 14
    February 4th, 2009 at 7:44 am

    is it support for ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid??

  15. 15
    February 12th, 2009 at 1:08 am

    The zip you uploaded appears to be corrupted, I cannot extract the build file. Can you upload it again?


  16. 16
    aghe milano
    March 9th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Re-upload to geocities.com/edwa94/gyachi

  17. 17
    aghe milano
    March 9th, 2009 at 1:25 pm
  18. 18
    aghe milano
    March 9th, 2009 at 1:27 pm


  19. 19
    April 21st, 2009 at 1:22 am

    I used dreamlinux 3.5, I downloaded dgyachi_1.1.0-1_i386_gutsy.deb and install using terminal but it doesn’t work. Here is the information, any solutions?

    tanu@admin:~/Download$ su


    root@admin:/home/tanu/Download# sudo dpkg -i *.deb

    Selecting previously deselected package gyachi.

    (Reading database … 84311 files and directories currently installed.)

    Unpacking gyachi (from gyachi_1.1.0-1_i386_gutsy.deb) …

    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of gyachi:

    gyachi depends on libgpgme11 (>= 1.0.1); however:
    Package libgpgme11 is not installed.

    gyachi depends on libmcrypt4; however:
    Package libmcrypt4 is not installed.

    dpkg: error processing gyachi (–install):

    dependency problems – leaving unconfigured

    Errors were encountered while processing:



  20. 20
    April 29th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    I use Ubuntu, but it also uses the apt system… try
    apt-get install -f
    Ideally it should install the missing dependencies

  21. 21
    June 27th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Hi, installed GyachE and it appears to work but when I send it apparently is not sending or receiving. Did I miss something to do when installing. The cam works but not being received by end user friend. Any clues or tips, thanks.

  22. 22
    June 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Sorry I forgot to mention that I am with Ubuntu intrepic 8.10 and loving it. Only if GyachE could be made to work then I would be in heaven. Thanks.

  23. 23
    August 20th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Check this out… GYachI on launchpad for Ubuntu users..


  24. 24
    September 3rd, 2009 at 6:27 am

    I installed it and alsa-plugins and codecs
    but voice isnt doing anything when I click it.

  25. 25
    January 17th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Gyache is definitely the best Y!M client for linux. I’ve got also an article about it (visit by clicking my name)

  26. 26
    April 3rd, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    hallo leute

  27. 27
    April 9th, 2010 at 7:28 am

    I downloaded the .deb package but this is the error after I tried to install it.

    Error: Dependency is not satisfiable: libltdl3 (>= 1.5.2-2)

    I am using Ubuntu 9.04 – Jaunty Jackalope – release in April 2009, please tell me what is the compatible yahoo messenger.

  28. 28
    May 27th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I will be very glad if it works well.

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