Communications Software Installation Guide

Install Spark IM 2.8.2 – Instant Messaging Client on Linux

Spark IM is an Open Source, cross-platform IM client messaging app optimized for businesses and organizations. It comes with built-in support for group chat, telephony integration, and strong security. It also offers a great end-user experience with features like in-line spell checking, group chat room bookmarks, and tabbed conversations.

Spark IM 2.8.2 Changelog


  • Spark should not let open profile edit by clicking the avatar if profile changing is disabled
  • Systray icon changes to online when one opens the chat window
  • Spark shouldn’t add Offline status when a user goes invisible
  • Unfiled group appears when contact goes online
  • Fix links opening in KDE environment (updated)
  • Shouldn’t freeze when using unsupported plugins
  • Can’t switch back to online presence after turning invisible on
  • Shouldn’t allow broadcast to selected users when it is disabled in Client Control

Spark IM

New Feature

  • Add LittleLuck skin
  • Modify Spark to work with new Openfire Client Control plugin settings


  • Update bundled JRE with the latest version
  • Update Smack to the latest version (4.1.9)


  • Default to Name field as nickname when adding a contact
  • Add Polish Spelling option
  • Change Accept all certificates option to disabled by default
  • Add additional default properties to control GUI settings
  • Update Polish & Italian translation

How to Install Spark IM 2.8.2 on Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04

------ Install Java ------
sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install default-jre

------ Install Spark IM ------

sudo tar -zxvf spark_2_8_2.tar.gz -C /opt/

sudo mv /opt/Spark/ /opt/spark

cd /opt/spark/

sudo wget

sudo apt-get install vim

sudo vim /usr/share/applications/spark.desktop
  • Copy and Paste the following lines into spark.desktop created earlier
[Desktop Entry]

Comment=ignite realtime Spark IM client
Exec=/bin/bash Spark
  • Install missing libraries if prompted
sudo apt-get install libxtst6:i386 libxi6:i386 libxrender1:i386
  • Start Spark IM from the directory “/opt/spark”

Note: You need to have setup Openfire to be able to create accounts

Spark IM

Note:  it looks like Spark is not saving settings on Advanced menu, if a user has never opened it. For such users “Accept all certificates” setting will be disabled after updating to 2.8.2 from any version. They will have to go to Advanced menu and enable it, if they encounter “Unable to verify a certificate” error.

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