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 http://www.irchelp.org/irchelp/new2irc.html

irssi (cli)

Installation

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 https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/irssi

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)

Installation

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 http://www.weechat.org/

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)

Installation

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 http://xchat.org/

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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