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This is an unofficial downloads page. Please see the secondlife.com Community:Downloads page for the latest versions.

For details on the GPLv2 licensed source code for the Second Life Viewer, visit the Open Source Portal. For the source code archives, read the Source downloads article.


Official Linden Lab Viewer


Third-party, Hybrid, and Homebrew Viewers

Third-party Viewers are those which have been created by developers not working for Linden Lab. These Viewers offer extra or altered or additional functionality compared to the official Second Life Viewer.


The Extended FAQ states that it is okay to create and distribute third-party, hybrid, and homebrew viewers as long they adhere to the respective licenses for code usage and server usage.


The code itself is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), which governs modification and redistribuition of the source code. Use of Linden Lab's servers will still be governed by the Second Life Terms of Service.


<font-color="red">Third-party, hybrid, and homebrew viewers are not associated with Linden Lab, are governed by their own respective licenses. Linden Lab is not responsible for any desired or undesired results in association with those viewers.</font>


Note to authors: If you make a viewer available make sure to include platform, version numbers and dates.

   

Graphical Viewers

 

Cool SL Viewer

Description

This viewer was created and is maintained by Henri Beauchamp. It combines elements of several of the other viewers, as well as extra features, bug fixes and extra patches, all very carefully tested.

It puts emphasis on high UI coherency from one version to the other (meaning no bad surprise for "old timers") while staying in sync with Linden Lab's official viewer features (it's not a fork which would get outdated with time), high stability and reliability, and a high reactivity to new patches and bug fixes provided by the Open Source community.

An "old" v1.19.0.5 (legacy renderer) branch is also maintained for the benefit of "old" computer users, which also gets most of the essential features of newer viewers back-ported to it (Mono scripting, for example).

Extra Features

  • Reverses many of the unpopular interface changes, restoring separate friends and groups floaters and reinstating the packet loss and bandwidth indicators, the old toolbar and buttons layouts, the old, more visible, status bar icons (optional for v1.20 and later), the old/normal commands layout in the pie menus, the "All(old)" search tab, the old style (name-sortable) "Groups" search tab, and optionally reinstating the old, more visible, tracking dots in the mini-map, and the old chat history floater (without chat input line). Also fixes some UI regressions (missing buttons in some floaters, or visited landmarks tracking in inventory for example).
  • Implements the "Restrained Life" API discussed more fully in the Marine Edition client (switchable and disabled by default).
  • Allows to configure the date and time formats to match your locale or personal preferences.
  • Allows to wear/remove attachments and clothing items on double-click in inventory.
  • Allows to optionally prevent IMs to show in the main chat.
  • Allows to optionally prevent notifications to show and be logged in the main chat.
  • Allows to hide the "Master volume" when not needed in the panel overlay (and the "Release Keys" for v1.19.0.5).
  • MUD/MUSH/MUCK/MUX style "poses" (i.e. you can type ":" instead of "/me " to emote), and OOC double parenthesis auto-close (i.e. you can type: "((phone, BRB" and it will show as "((phone, BRB))").
  • Allows to build large prims (up to 128m in any or all dimensions) on OpenSim (not on SL, because of server-side limitations).
  • Improved build tools floater (smaller increments in several parameters, extra "slice" parameter for some prims, transparency up to 100%).
  • Improved texture preview floater (with aspect ratio combo).
  • Improved mini-map with specific symbol for avatars above 1024m (work around for a limitation of current server and viewer versions).
  • Shows avatar keys in profile (in "My notes" tab).
  • Allows to export and import full permissions objects as XML files (for backup and restore purpose, or to transfer objects from one grid to another).
  • Allows to connect to all existing grids (and not only LL's) from the login screen.
  • Allows network bandwidth over 1500Kbps (and up to 8000Kbps).
  • Allows to save/compile scripts present in the inventory as Mono scripts.
  • Allows to teleport to double-clicked locations on screen.
  • Implements a teleports history floater.
  • Implements a new "Worn" tab in the inventory floater.
  • Allows to ignore (and not only decline) friendship and calling card offers.
  • Implements various backports for the v1.19.0.5 version (Mono compilation support, build and TP up to 4096m, bulk set permissions, TP on double-click on LM in inventory, show friends in mini-map, edit terrain "force" setting, security fixes, etc).
  • Many bugfixes by Henri Beauchamp, Nicholaz Beresford, Gigs Taggart, Blakar Ogre, McCabe Maxsted and others.
  • More minor features and improvements, to be discovered on the website...
  • All switchable extra features easily configurable via a "Cool features" tab in the preferences floater.

Links

Version and timestamp

  • Version : i686 1.19.0.5 CoolRelease 67 (stable viewer with legacy renderer)
  • Date : 2009/08/18
  • Version : i686 1.23.4.0 CoolRelease 9 (stable viewer with Windlight renderer)
  • Date : 2009/08/18

   

  • Status : All Active

     

Greenlife Emerald Viewer

Description

This is a homebrewn viewer which adds new functionality to the viewer with the intent of easing the users interaction with the environment. It's developed by multiple people. Versions for Windows and Mac are released, an internal Linux version exists as well.

Extra Features

  • Optional "Proprietary Pack"
    • Enables Voice in world
    • Proprietary technologies that increase speed
  • Avatar Scanner
    • Full sim range (detects over 1M in the air)
    • Shows name, age, payment info, current activity.
    • Land and estate commands for ejecting/banning multiple avatars at once
    • Buttons to open profile, IM, teleport to or track selected avatars
    • Ability to chat radar info (keys) to boost lsl radars
    • Ability to display chat notifications for entering sim, exiting sim, entering chat range, exiting chat range, entering draw distance and exiting draw distance respectively.
  • RLV API Implementation (off by default)
  • Different login page
  • Ability to open and display the owner and location of objects that IM you
  • Teleport to positions by double clicking
  • Option to disabling progress screens (teleport, login, and logout respectively)
  • Clothing layer protection (prevents sending of individual clothing textures to other clients, ensuring they can't copy the clothing)
  • Customizeable IM Autoreponse system, including giving inventory in the response
  • Fly can be set to always enabled, even with Admin menu closed
  • Can turn your avatar 'visually phantom'
  • Allows ground sit anywhere
  • Can enable the attaching of objects in inventory by double-click
  • Can block object sit-on-click
  • Chatbar as a command line for rezzing platforms, teleporting to coordinates or sims, or teleporting to particular heights.
  • Various crash fixes
  • Free uploading of "temporary" textures (sim-local and disappear on relog)
  • Notification when a friendship ends
  • Detection of cooperating alternative viewers
  • Shows object last owner in build floater
  • Scripts are compiled to mono by default in agent inventory
  • Inventory is fetched in background immediately on login
  • Group info can be accessed in about land, even if group is not deeded
  • Profiles show agent key
  • More minimap dot colors, blue for lindens, grey for muted, and purple for friended lindens
  • Build Floater Enhancements
    • More object choices (from the drop down that lets you change a cube to a sphere)
    • More precision information (5 decimal points)
    • Ability to set all prim parameters without changing shape (easy prim torture)
    • Ability to easily change skulpt stitching
    • Can set transparency to 100%
    • Can set texture repeats above 100
  • Can turn off the typing sound
  • Teleport History Floater
  • Animation Info Floater
    • Shows you all current animations being played on your avatar
    • Allows you to stop, or revoke permissions of animations you do not want
    • Ability to detect owner of the animations being played, as well as their name
  • Included the 1.23 Bulk Permissions Setting
  • Option to block the 1 click auto sit
  • New custom skin

Links

Version and timestamp

  • Version : 1.23.577
  • Date : 08/15/2009
  • Status : Active + updated

   

Imprudence

Usability, Stability, Flexibility

The Second Life Viewer suffers from a stifling atmosphere of non-change. This atmosphere emanates from Linden Lab, whose attitudes and policies discourage all but the smallest and most superficial improvements. This is the result of the nature of Linden Lab as a corporation, thus rendering Linden Lab ineffectual at dealing with the fundamental usability problems that plague the Viewer.

Description

The primary goal of Imprudence is simple: to greatly improve the usability of the Viewer. In particular, there are 3 aspects of usability that we intend to address:

  • Approachability. Improving comfort and ease of use, especially for new or non-technical users.
  • Efficiency. Improving speed and ease of common tasks and workflows.
  • Satisfaction. Improving the emotional effect of the software on the user.

This is not to minimize other aspects of usability, such as reliability, accessibility, or internationalization/localization. We recognize their importance, but lack the expertise to properly address them. We welcome people with such expertise to join the project and help.

Enhancing the flexibility of the viewer makes all other goals easier to achieve, and hence is a generic target. Client-side scripting is being investigated as an enabling technology in this area.

Note: This viewer is fully GPL compatible, so the Imprudence Project cannot ship the SLVoice module and its associated files. These can be added back from the official client for those needing voice. Check the Imprudence Project wiki for instructions.

Extra Features

  • Hidden prim parameters are exposed - you can slice/dimple boxes, pyramids, and other non-spherical prims.
  • Stability patches by Nicholaz.
  • Invite button in the Groups list, Teleport button in the IM window.
  • Inventory quickfilter and worn tab.
  • Build window math.
  • Many other usability improvements.
  • Full comparison vs. SL 1.21.6: http://imprudenceviewer.org/wiki/Release_Notes
  • Socket-connected plugins for language-agnostic client-side scripting are in the planning phase.

Links

Version and timestamp

  • Version : 1.1.0
  • Date : 06/07/2009
  • Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac
  • Status : Active

     

Marine Edition

Description

This viewer, codename "RestrainedLife" is an attempt at enhancing the experience of people who practice BDSM in Second Life. It is used jointly with simple scripts made to use its features in-world, such as making an attached object undetachable, preventing chat and such. An API (Application Programming Interface, a text file) is provided so that every content creator can create their own scripts to interface their own items to the viewer and use its features.

Extra Features

  • Attachments can be made undetachable
  • Chat and IM prevention on demand, with exceptions if needed
  • Teleport and sit-tp prevention on demand, with exceptions if needed
  • Editing and Rezzing prevention on demand
  • Adding/Removing clothes on demand, + force remove clothes and force remove unlocked attachments
  • Force sit and prevent stand up (even after a relog) on demand
  • Manual (by IM) and automatic (by script) version checking
  • Force attach objects and outfits
  • API for content creators
  • And more...

Links

  • Website: Marine Kelley's blog on Blogspot
  • Direct download link to the Windows viewer: Download for Windows (Executable and readme)
  • Direct download link to the MacOS X viewer: Download for MacOS X (Executable and readme, courtesy of Mo Noel)
  • Direct download link to the Linux viewer: Download for Linux (Executable and readme, courtesy of Loom Kish)
  • Source code and text API : Download (Text files)
  • API as a wiki page : API (Wiki format)
  • Specification to interface cages and furnitures with the viewer through the use of a relay : Relay Specs (Wiki format)

Version and timestamp

  • Version : 1.16.1 , compiled on SL official viewer 1.22.11
  • Date : 13/03/2009
  • Status : Active

     

Meerkat

Goals

  • To create a fully GPL viewer (no proprietary dependencies)
  • To encourage a community of developers that will submit patches for prompt integration
  • To have the freedom to make the sort of changes that Linden Lab has traditionally been unable to integrate (translation patches, refactoring, fixing intentionally crippled features, changes that touch many files)
  • To retain compatibility with Linden Lab's grid and protocols, present and future
  • To implement a loosely coupled cross-grid functionality that requires no central authentication authority.

Extra Features

  • Log out and back in without quitting
  • Loosely coupled intergrid teleport -- In Process
  • Most of the other changes common to third party viewers

Links

Version and timestamp

  • Date : 010/2008
  • Status : Active, but On-Hold Due to Funding Issues

     


MonoVida Studio

"Your Viewer; Your Imagination"

Description

MonoVida Studio is like an IDE to virtual reality and your imagination. While it may seem like what was the regular Second Life viewer with its UI guts torn out and surgically replaced, it uses LL's code to render a scene and network with the grid as you expect, and everything else is the Studio, which constitutes your viewer. MonoVida Studio is built with .Net/Mono and Snowglobe, so you gain all those powerful development tools. Several namespaces exist, with widgets, gadgets, and classes, to help you build your desired component, your custom UI, and maybe your custom AI.

This visual, entitle "Your Viewer; Your Imagination", shows the different layers involved as the derived code is sliced into components, which are then integrated with G-Objects, which then is usable from various different languages.

Features

  • Uses omvviewer as an upstream source for GPL goals.
  • Purely based on Gnome (Gtk) (in source, llwindow/* has been removed, see also: MVS-1)
  • Universal/Metaversal object hierarchies. See here for further explanation: MVS-32
  • Total rewrite of the UI (in progress): MVS-2 (llui)
    • And, rewrite of all Viewer Panels: MVS-6
    • Like, the Communication Panels: MVS-25
      • They can be overlaid or detached from the main view.
  • Skins: Several hundred skin themes available to choose from:
  • Complete power of .NET/Mono
  • Snowglobe DLL: The base code derived from LL's viewer made into a dynamically shared library.
  • Snowglobe-Sharp: The C# to Snowglobe DLL bridge
  • Screenshots (of themes and work in progress): #1 #2 #3

Links

Version and timestamp

  • Date : 21/June/2009
  • Version : (Front-end) Alpha, (Back-end) Snowglobe 0.8 (1.22.11)
  • Status : Active

     


Nicholaz Edition

Description

These are Windows viewer based on SL builds with a focus on stability, usability and performance (see Installation.txt for homebrew disclaimer). Mac and Linux variants are available through other open sourcers (links on the website).

Extra Features

  • Improved stability
  • Lower memory footprint
  • GUI redesigns
  • Workarounds for common annoyances (Group IM Filtering, "Release Key" button, etc.)
  • see this entry for an overview of different versions

Links

Version and timestamp

  • Date : 09/07/2009
  • Status : Mostly discontinued - only occasional fixes



Onrez Viewer

Description

The Onrez viewer was made by the Onrez company in connection with a Second Life themed story on the high tech forensics based TV show "CSI: New York".

Extra Features

  • A back and history button for teleports
  • In-viewer web browsing.

Links

Comment

The source code for this viewer is closed source.

Version and timestamp

  • Status : Discontinued ?

   

Rainbow Viewer / Cool Viewer

Description

Originally based on Henri Beauchamp's "Cool SL Viewer" both the Rainbow Viewer and Cool Viewer emerged as forks in reaction to avoid trademark infringement of the "SL" brand. Although similar in features they are not identical with Henri's viewer. A major improvement is an up-to-date OpenGL implementation that especially helps users plagued by ATI's Catalyst drivers but also leads to measurable improvements of overall graphics performance by 30...100% compared to the official viewer; depending on your system. Rainbow Viewer features the current user interface whereas Cool Viewer spots the leaner cleaner and more configurable legacy UI. It's all about choice :).

Available in versions for Windows and Linux (thanks Balp!).

Extra Features

  • CV's legacy User interface with a clean, simple and userfriendly layout or Rainbow Viewers current official UI, you choose!
  • Improved Graphics rendering, especially for ATI users (measured >1/3 faster than the official viewer)
  • Marine Kelley's RestrainedLife (off per default)
  • Bulk permission editing
  • "Worn" tab in inventory
  • Double click to wear attachments
  • Enhanced building tools
  • Flexible Sculpties
  • Large Prims (currently only for Opensim grids due to SL limitations)
  • Maximized Network Bandwidth
  • Flexible Grid selection at login for SL and all OpenSims
  • Teleport History
  • Avatar UUID in profiles
  • Cool Features in Preferences for easy switching of features

...and a large number of other goodies and stability fixes that improve your overall experience. Too many to mention here :). Please check the Release Notes for details.

Links

Version and timestamp

  • Versions : RV: 1.22.11.0 R2, CV: 1.19.0.5 R59 / 1.22.11.0 R9
  • Date : 03/06/2009
  • Status : Active

   

RealXtend Edition

Description

The realXtend viewer is a heavily modified version of the Linden Lab's Second Life client by a partnership of two Finnish companies, ADMINO technologies and LudoCraft.

Extra Features

   * Second life compatibility mode for use in SL and Opensim worlds
   * Teleports between realXtend and Secondlife

Links

Version and timestamp

  • Version : 0.3
  • Date : 07/28/2008
  • Status : Active


omvviewer

Goals

  • To create a fully GPL viewer (no proprietary dependencies)
  • To enable easy building of the source code on various Linux distros including 64 bit distros
  • To Get the viewer packaged with in Linux Distros

Packages available (32 and 64 bit)

  • Debian Lenny
  • Ubuntu Intrepid
  • Arch
  • Gentoo

Extra Features

Various extra features found in other viewers, UI changes are kept to a bare minimum as this is a packaging project not a code base fork. Stability fixes are given high priority.

Links

Version and timestamp

  • Date : 27/March/2009
  • Version : 1.22.11
  • Status : Active


Vertical Life Client

Description

This client is aimed mostly at SL Role Players and SL Military, but sports quite a few interesting improvements that make it worth taking a look at.

Extra Features

  • Space Mode and Defer Sky Rendering; to remove atmosphere and replace with stars.
  • Ability to easily activate and view who is using look-at and alt-cam. Useful for seeing who's spying on you or looking up your skirt.
  • Colored minimap dots -- cool blue for Merczateers, red for enemies of the Iron Symphony, cyan for friends, white for unrendered/unrezzed, and green for others.
  • No teleport screens.
  • Render avatar hitbox option.
  • Forewarning of incoming IMs option (be told if someone is writing an IM before they even send it)
  • Exclusive 'teleport' features: IM someone or a group, anyone using Vertical Life will receive a drop down allowing them to easily TP you without messing with profile buttons etc. Also shows up as a right click option on the mini-map or radial menu choice on an avatar right click.
  • Hover over minimap dots to see name of avatars and their distance from you.
  • Right click dots on minimap to see options such as "Mass TP" or to view an individual's profile.
  • Free temporary texture uploads.
  • Clean UI appearance.
  • and more!

Links

Version and timestamp

  • Version: 1.5.7
  • Date : 2009 July 13
  • Status : Discontinued

   


Text Viewers

METAbolt

Text Based SL Viewer/Reader Edition

Description

METAbolt is a non-graphical (text based) viewer/reader. It is light weight and cross grid, which means it will work in Second Life as well as other grids that are based on OpenSIM. METAbolt is Open Source so it's free...it is built ground up using libopensv and it is not a modified version of the official SL viewer. Currently METAbolt is only available for Windows platforms.


METAbolt is ideal if:

  • the graphical viewers are not allowed at your work place
  • you have a low powered computer that has difficulty running the SL viewer
  • you have a low speed internet connection e.g. dial up/ISDN
  • you need to run multiple alts at the same time for land security, modelling, group management functions etc
  • you can't or don't want to run the SL viewer all the time but need the ability to stay online for communications or other reasons

Extra Features

Too many to be listed here! Here are just a few:

  • Ability to mass distribute products, objects, scripts etc
  • Ability to start multiple instances for different alts from a command and/or batch file
  • Auto log-in upon SL disconnect
  • Built in Machine Translation with 16 language pairs
  • Emoticons on chat & IM. Feature can be switched on/off
  • Land monitor: monitor parcels that are for sale on a SIM
  • Object Manager: Detailed object information & stats
  • (optional) Group Manager plug-in for sending direct group invites
  • Uses extremely low computing power and bandwidth
  • Displays advertising from various partners
  • One-to-One technical support via METAforums

Links

Version and timestamp

  • Version : 0.9.3.1 BETA (at the time this page was prepared)
  • Date : 08/16/2009
  • Platform: Windows Only
  • Status : Active

   

omvviewer-light

A Text client for the 3D Metaverse

Description

omvviewer-light is a text client for the 3D Metaverse including SecondLife, written from Scratch (but using the libomv library for protocol handling). It's GUI is created in Gtk# which is cross-platform making this the only current Text client that is still active and cross platform. Tested on Linux (32/64 bit) and Windows (not 64-bit windows).

Features

To many to list here in detail please see the project page below but in summary, Full inventory control, Full Chat/IM/Group IM's. Object search and interaction. Realtime local maps. Parcel displays. Read and Edit NoteCards and Scripts. View profiles. Friends Lists etc .....

Links

Version and timestamp

  • Date : 27/March/2009
  • Version : 0.47
  • Status : Active

   

SLiteChat

A Lite IM/Chat Text-only Client for Second Life

Description

SLiteChat (pronounced "slight-chat") is a completely open source text-only IM/chat client for use with Second Life. Use it to talk to your friends without having to load up all of those heavy graphic goodies. Useful for those at work times. :-)

Features

  • Communicate in-world with people on your friends list. Full adding/removing and search for Residents supported.
  • Group chat is supported (however at this writing you cannot leave a group or search for to join).
  • Local chat and IM history is supported.

Links

Version and timestamp

  • Date : 24/07/2009
  • Version : 1.4.0
  • Status : Active