Thursday, December 26, 2013

xchat, irssi, weechat - IRC clients

IRC is a protocol for live internet chat. It's been around since 1988. For more information about IRC go to

irssi (cli)


Arch: pacman -S irssi
Debian: apt-get install irssi

Irssi is a modular, ncurses based IRC (Internet Relay Chat) client for UNIX systems. It also supports SILC and ICB protocols via plugins. Obtained from

I've used irssi for about 2 moths it's really nice, but you have to take your time to configure it to your needs. I had some problems setting up scripts, though i did follow all the instructions to set them.. anyway that's in the past.

weechat (cli)


Arch: pacman -S weechat
Debian: apt-get install weechat

WeeChat is a fast, light and extensible chat client. It runs on many platforms like Linux, Unix, BSD, GNU Hurd, Mac OS X and Windows (cygwin). Obtained from

I can not say that it's actually better but the defaults that it includes are really nice, i really like the user panel (just like most irc frontends) at the right, it's similar to irssi on the configuration and supports a wide range of languages for scripting.

weechat 0.4.2-2

xchat (gtk frontend)


Arch: pacman -S xchat

Debian: apt-get install xchat

Xchat is a multi-platform IRC chat program. It's simply amazing. While I was trying graphical irc clients, I found that xchat had all the features that anyone could need, it's easy and allows a deeper configuration per server on the matter of username/nick/commands right away. This is suitable for novice users of irc like me.

For more information on xchat

In the end i'm going to stick with weechat and xchat, i'll let you know if i run into any real troubles with them. For any questions, just comment. 

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