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10 of the Best Free Linux IRC Clients

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 forums, called channels, but it also allows one-to-one communication via private message as well as chat and data transfers via Direct Client-to-Client.

It is used for many different purposes such as obtaining technical support from developers and users, for conducting meetings and even for rolegaming.

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 interface.

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 of the software in action, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

IRC Clients
Konversation User friendly client for KDE
XChat IRC client similar to AmIRC
Quassel IRC Distributed, KDE4/Qt based
Smuxi Smart MUltipleXed Irc - the IRC client for sophisticated users
KVirc KDE based next generation IRC client with module support
ChatZilla IRC client for Mozilla based browsers
Irssi Console based client supporting SILC and ICB protocols
ERC Powerful, modular, and extensible IRC client for Emacs
WeeChat Wee Enhanced Environment for Chat; very light and extensible
ScrollZ Advanced ircII-based IRC client

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