10 of the Best Free Linux IRC Clients
Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a type of real-time Internet text
messaging (chat) or synchronous conferencing. IRC
was born during summer 1988 when Jarkko Oikarinen wrote the first IRC
client and server when he was working in the Department of
Information Processing Science at the University of Oulu,
Finland. This system enables millions of people around the world to
communicate in real time.
IRC is mainly designed for group communication in discussion
called channels, but it also allows one-to-one communication via
private message as well as chat and data transfers via Direct
It is used for many different purposes such as obtaining
support from developers and users, for conducting meetings and even for
Users typically connect to an IRC network using an IRC client.
The client takes the raw IRC traffic and turns it into an easy-to-use
Although the IRC protocol does not provide any file transfer
mechanisms, users can create file servers that allow them to share
files with each other
by using customised IRC bots or scripts for their IRC client.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is
available, we have compiled a list 10 sleek IRC clients. There's
a mix of graphical and console based applications included. Hopefully,
there will be something of interest for all types of users.
Now, let's explore the 10 IRC clients at hand. For
each title we have compiled its own portal page, providing a screenshot
the software in action, a full description with an in-depth analysis of
its features, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.
||User friendly client for KDE
similar to AmIRC
||Distributed, KDE4/Qt based
MUltipleXed Irc - the IRC client for sophisticated users
||KDE based next generation IRC client with module support
Mozilla based browsers
||Console based client supporting SILC and ICB protocols
modular, and extensible IRC client for Emacs
||Wee Enhanced Environment for Chat; very light and
ircII-based IRC client
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