Using Third Party Viewers
You may connect to Second Life using software released by a third-party developer. We have a Policy on Third-Party Viewers to help promote a positive and predictable experience for all Second Life Residents. However, because third-party viewers are not our viewers, we cannot guarantee that they will follow our rules. You are responsible for evaluating whether you want to use and share information with them.
To be listed in this Third Party Viewer Directory, a software developer must self-certify that it complies with Linden Lab policies. Beware of third-party viewers that are not in the Viewer Directory – they have either declined to self-certify or been refused for noncompliance with our policies.
- The viewers in this first section participate in reporting crash statistics to Linden Lab, and are ordered from best to worst crash rate. The rate used for each viewer is that of the highest version number with at least 200,000 minutes of use in the sample period (generally, a one week sample from Sunday to Sunday). The official Linden Lab viewers are shown where they would be in this ranking.
- Crash rate varies considerably depending on what platform (hardware and operating system) you are using, and on what you do in Second Life. You may find that your individual experience differs from this ordering.
|Restrained Love||The RLV enhances your experience when you use it in conjunction with RLV-compatible objects, which are able to restrict the user from detaching items, receiving IMs, hearing chat, teleporting etc.||
|Second Life Release 1.23|
|Second Life Release 2.3|
|Imprudence||The goal of Imprudence is to improve the user interface and usability of the viewer through community involvement, thoughtful design, modern development methods, and a pro-change atmosphere.||
|Phoenix||From the ashes shall rise the Phoenix! A team made up of some of the original reputable Emerald developers and some great new developers. A viewer with the Emerald features everyone loves, with a bright future.||
|Dolphin||The Dolphin Viewer contains many fixes and enhancements for explorers, sailors, and other vehicle enthusiasts.||
|Kirstens||A hybrid viewer based on a mixture of snowglobe and render-pipeline aimed specifically at high end users, film makers and photography.||
|Emergence||Emergence viewer is ran by a single developer and is part of an effort to provide users with a safe alternative viewer. Emergence is currently a near clone to Phoenix, as they share this goal, and it is advised to use it instead for higher support.||
|Ascent||Ascent provides expanded control for content creators and developers and improves upon basics such as client detection, parcel management, and asset browsing.||
- The following viewers do not send crash indications to Linden Lab, and are listed only in alphabetical order by name.
|METAbolt||METAbolt is a thin text client with rich features to enable users to perform most important functions in SL.|
|omvviewer||Native Debian and Ubuntu .deb files of Snowglobe for 32 and 64 bit architectures. Changes to the source are the most minimal possible to use LSB file locations and to comply with TVP, no significant feature changes are included.|
|Pocket Metaverse||iPhone and iPad Client for Second Life®|
|Radegast||Light-weight feature rich non-graphical client, ideal for situations where full 3D rendering client is less than ideal option, for instance, an office environment, running on low performance computers and similar.|
|Sparkle IM||Log in to your Second Life® or Opensim account and begin chatting right from your iPhone or iPod Touch.|
|Stored Inventory||a Backup tool that allows builders to save all their creations directly to their hard drive or move them to other grids.|
For Developers: How to apply to list a viewer in this directory
- Your Second Life accounts must be in good standing, must not be suspended, and must not have been permanently banned or terminated.
- You must have valid payment information on file with us or have been age verified by us.
- Review our Policy on Third-Party Viewers and the Second Life Terms of Service.
- Make sure you and your third-party viewer are in compliance with our policies.
- Open an Application Issue in the Third Party Viewer section of Jira and submit it.
Policy Violation Reporting
If you believe that you have direct evidence that any third party viewer (whether listed in the Third Party Viewer Directory or not) may be in violation of the Second Life Terms of Service or the Policy on Third Party Viewers, you can file a violation report to be investigated.