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WeeChat (Wee Enhanced Environment for Chat) is a fast and light IRC client for many operating systems. Everything can be done using a keyboard.

The software is highly customizable and extensible with plugins and scripts.

Apart from the usual featureset of modern IRC clients, WeeChat provides incremental text search in buffers, aspell support, a smart hotlist, scripting support for many languages (Perl, Python, Ruby, Lua, Tcl), FIFO pipes for remote control and support for multiple charsets.

 WeeChat 1.2

Free to download



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System Requirements
libruby 1.8

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Features include:

  • Connection:
    • Multi-servers connection, with no limit
    • Soft, background connection
    • IPv6 support
    • SSL support
    • Proxy support
    • Auto-reconnection
  • Nicklist
  • Smart hotlist
  • Infobar with highlight notification
  • Horizontal and vertical split
  • Smart "hotlist" in status bar: partial or full names of channels with activity
  • Double charset support (decode/encode)
  • DCC support: files and chats
  • FIFO pipe for remote control
  • Double charset support: one for decoding, one for encoding messages (global and by server/channel)
  • UTF-u support
  • Status and infobar
  • Lag indicator
  • 256 colors support, with unlimited number of nick colors
  • Color for away nicks
  • Auto completion for nicks, commands and args
  • Command alias
  • IRC procy
  • Redirection of IRC commands
  • Command / notify
  • Modifier plugin
  • Auto save chats to files
  • Highly customizable with a dynamic setup
  • Extensible with Perl, Python, Ruby & Lua scripts
  • Plugin API:
    • Custom buffers, nicklists and bars/items
    • Hooks: commands, timers, files/sockets, modifiers, completion
    • Configuration files with custom sections/options
  • Large range of plugins available including alias, demo, fifo, irc, jabber, logger, notify, tcl, xfer, relay
  • Wide range of scripts: (scripts manager), (sidebar with list of buffers), (jabber/XMPP protocol), (quick jump to buffers), (set options interactively), (tetris-like game), etc
  • Compliant with RFC 1459,2810,2811,2812,2813
  • Mouse support
  • Cursor mode (free movement of cursor on screen)
  • Contexts for keys
  • Split of outgoing IRC messages
  • Color for offline nicks
  • System resource limits for WeeChat process
  • Available in many languages

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