Compatible clients

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Useful information

There are three kinds of URLs you can select from when using/testing the clients below:

Clients specifically designed to work with LJ may request the LJ posting URL.

List of Blog Editors

The lists below contain posting, account maintenance (editing friends, &c), and backup tools. These must be tested as well.

Cross-platform

Clients in this category are not restricted to any one particular operating system.

Client Platform Current DW status Open source? Config notes Other notes
Post-by-email email works yes Set up at http://www.dreamwidth.org/manage/emailpost.bml http://www.dreamwidth.org/manage/emailpost?mode=help
Charm 1.9.1 Python command-line works yes (GPL) Custom access groups don't work.
Deepest Sender 0.9.3 Firefox works yes Set http://www.dreamwidth.org/interface/flat as the posting URL. Posting works, including friends only, but doesn't retrieve custom access groups. Can't edit read list/access list through client.
Diigo web service we're about to find out - doesn't seem to work for blogger API. unknown Settings at https://secure.diigo.com/blog_this/daily_blog Social bookmarking service. On Amazon servers, so not everyone's bag of tea.
Flickr web service does not work as of October 2009 no More info at the DW getting-started community. The "Blogger/API Enabled" option was removed; no other option works.
Google Docs web service works no Use the Blogger API. Does not support anything but entry text, not even titles.
JLJ 2.12 Perl works yes Development halted in 2006.
JLJ 2.14 Perl works yes uses checkupdates(!!!) actively developed
jbackup.pl Perl works yes Set server=dreamwidth.org when running. LJ's official backup tool.
JournalPress WordPress / PHP works yes Explicitly supports Dreamwidth.
ljdump 1.5 Python works yes The config file and at-run input explicitly ask for the server. Backup tool only.
ljmigrate Python works yes (BSD) Backup tool only. Known bug: HTML index file isn't updated on subsequent runs of the migrator.
ljupdate emacs works yes (GPL) Set lj-default-server to: www.dreamwidth.org
LJXP 2.0.5 WordPress / PHP works yes (MIT) Supports crossposting categories and/or tags as tags, basic privacy levels, comment on or off, header/footer.
news readers multiple sources see notes multi Project abandoned as of April 19, 2014. More information and specifics can be found at NNTP.
Petrus Blogger Java unknown yes (BSD) Might work with little modification; current LJ compatible servers hard coded in interface and include IJ and Rossia.org. Logs into IJ okay but couldn't get working with LJ itself. Couldn't get it working using XMLRPC on Ubuntu; had a class error.
Scribefire 1.4.2.0 Firefox works, mostly yes (GPL) Set up a working account for any other service, then edit the account details to reflect your Dreamwidth URL, username, and password, and use http://www.dreamwidth.org/interface/blogger/ for the API URL. Can't edit tags, privacy, or other metadata.
Twittinesis Twitter disappeared off the face of the internet sometime 2011 not stated Bare-bones Twitter import with few options at the moment. Explicitly lists Dreamwidth as supported.

Windows

Client Platform Current DW status Open source? Config notes Other notes
ljArchive Windows (Mono version available) works yes (zlib/libpng License) Backup only.
LJ Sec Windows client (Mono version available) works no It's possible to get it to work, with a tiny bit of tweaking. See here.
LochJournal 2.2 Windows client works no
Semagic Windows client works, mostly yes (GPL) How to set up Semagic for Crossposting. Posting works, including friends only, but doesn't retrieve custom access groups. If tags do not cross-post to DW at first, "...tags [can be] enabled for Insanejournal.com and any other site after opening an entry with tags in the history window." More info here.
Windows Live Writer Windows client works no Select LJ options, then, the Remote Posting URL to use is http://www.dreamwidth.org/interface/blogger. Posting works, no friends-list options. Has no DW custom options, is fairly generic bloggy software. Tagging appears buggy to non-worky.

Macintosh

Client Platforms Current DW status Open Source Notes
asLJ Mac OS X 10.5 or later, Universal Binary Works No Has Dreamwidth on their list of supported servers, but has not added Public/Access/Private in place of Public/Friends/Custom. Friends works as if it were Access anyway, so far. Allows for cross-posting, but only if you've set up additional journal accounts in the program. Integrates with iTunes, and downloads the list of icons on the server. All in all, not a bad client.
iDream Mac Currently in development; see wiki page Yes This has been static for a long time; unknown if/when it might be released.
iJournal Crash reports for 10.6.x Posting works, including friends only and custom access groups. Installs quickly and recognizes DW account on first login. Current Music is automatically retrieved from iTunes. Client allows you to edit most recent entry and switches easily between different user accounts. Customizable toolbar and limited HTML preview. Yes Much better option for Mac users than MarsEdit. Cannot open separate windows for different posts and crossposting requires an additional step, but these problems may be solved in the next update.
MacJournal Mac OS X 10.4.9 or higher, Audio feature: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher works No I used the manual setup, chose Live Journal as the type, and used http://www.dreamwidth.org/interface/xmlrpc for the Post URL. The software allowed up to 200 entries to be downloaded locally. The Access/Subscription split doesn't work as usual, but may allow preview of icons. I can't tell, from my connection.
MarsEdit Mac Works No "It asked for the URL for my DW account, then couldn’t download the settings, asking if I wanted the interface to edit them myself. Ultimately, I told it that the API endpoint was dreamwidth.org/interface/blogger, and that sorted everything out.

Clicking through to view the webpage worked beautifully.

Authorizing the Flickr image importer worked fine. Adding an image to the draft is previewing properly.

I still have a message in my options window that says there are no options for this weblog, but I don’t know what to expect there."

Phoenix Mac OS X , Mac Classic version available Posting works; allows public, private and access-only but not custom groups. Tags, title, location, music, mood, and userpics work. Editing entries yields an error. No spellcheck. Yes Client is similar in form and function to Semagic. Does not allow for fast user switching. To configure for use at Dreamwidth, enter your username and password at the login screen, then tick the more options box and enter www.dreamwidth.org under livejournal server.
Xjournal Mac OS X Does not work (on anything but LJ itself) Yes Primary developer has moved on. Some recent updates have been made by a couple of developers at the Xjournal LJ community but it's unclear whether anyone plans to port this over for DW.

Linux

Client Platform Current DW status Open source? Config notes Other notes
Benzaiten Linux (Gnome) works, mostly yes (GPLv2) Entry posting works great (YAY, TAGS SUPPORT), Friends features don't work.
Blogilio Linux (KDE) Works yes (GPL v2) Use Blogger API and enter http://www.dreamwidth.org/interface/blogger into Blog/Homepage URL textbox. Formerly Bilbo.
BlogTK 1.1 multiplatform, GTK+ 2 works yes (BSD) Use the Blogger API. Nothing but entry text, not even titles. 2.0 is in alpha, and promises to have fuller Blogger support (which may or may not increase the LJ-clone support).
Drivel 2.0.3 Linux (Gnome) works yes (GPL v2) Currently not maintained. Does not support tags or multiple security levels.
Gnome-Blog (aka Blog Entry Poster) 0.9.2 Linux (Gnome) works yes (GPL) Select "Self-Run Other", and enter: http://www.dreamwidth.org/interface/xmlrpc Only supports entry title and entry body.
Kblogger Linux (KDE) KDE 3, no; KDE 4.2.2, yes yes (GPL) Blog-ID is your Dreamwidth username. Use the Blogger api, and enter this in 'Homepage URL': http://www.dreamwidth.org/interface/blogger KDE 3 version doesn't work, but KDE 4.2.2 version does (1.0-alpha2).
KLuJe 0.8 Linux (KDE) works yes (GPL v2) Use the LJ flat interface URL. Doesn't support custom posting groups or tags.
Logjam 4.5.3 multiplatform, GTK+ 2 works yes (GPL v2) Currently not maintained. However, for many Linux distributions, it is the default Livejournal client.

Mobile

Client Platform Current DW status Open source? Config notes Other notes
LJ2ME mobile phones, using Java works no
Eljay devices running Android works no choose dw from settings-> server on the other hand, the interface for editing older posts won't even load.