Urbit Talk tutorial for beginners

Talk is a chat app on the Urbit platform that allows users to communicate in real time. It is designed to be used in conjunction with other Urbit apps, such as Groups.

Talk is the most popular Urbit app for direct messages. Therefore, when you see someone saying “DM me” in the context of Urbit, it means “send me a direct message,” referring to the Talk application.

1. Opening the Talk app

Depending on how you set up your Urbit (independently or through a hosting service), the initial dashboard might already have the Talk app:

app talk

If not, you can search in the app search bar for ~sogryp-dister-dozzod-dozzod/talk, or search for applications developed by ~sogryp-dister-dozzod-dozzod and click on the Talk option.

2. Starting a conversation

To start using Talk, you first need to join a group or add friends through direct messages. After that, you can open the Talk app to start chatting with them.

By clicking on “New message” in the left menu, a search bar will appear at the top of the screen. This is where you will type your friend’s username.

new message talk

After finding the user, click on them and start typing in the “Message” field at the bottom of the page.

search user talk

You can pin users for faster private messaging, without having to search for them in the search bar every time you want to start a conversation. To do this, after selecting the user for the first time, click on “Pin” in the top right menu on the page.

pin message talk

3. Interacting with messages

Talk supports various advanced features, such as message tagging, emoji integration, URL support, and image preview.

message interacting talk

4. Accessing messages

To view your messages on Urbit, click on the icon next to “All Messages” on the left side of the page.

access messages talk

• “All Messages” will reveal all received and sent messages, private and group;

• “Direct Messages” will reveal your sent and received private messages;

• “Group Channels” will reveal all messages sent in groups you participate in, in the General chat.

**Unlike other chat apps, such as WhatsApp and Telegram, Talk is based on a “post-inbox” chat model. This means that messages are not organized into threads or separate inboxes but are displayed in a single continuous list of messages.

group channels messages talk

5. Leap

The leap function can be used as a shortcut menu for the application’s features or to go to another application installed on your landscape.


In addition to the application’s features, note that there is also a shortcut to the Groups application.

In the “Apps” option you will see a type of pop-up with thumbnails of all your installed applications, allowing you to access them without having to leave the current application, as they will open in a new window.

leap apps

In general, Talk is a simple and effective chat app that allows users to easily communicate in real time on the Urbit platform. It offers advanced and customizable features, like most Urbit apps, to meet the individual needs of each user.

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