EPIC – console based IRC client

EPIC (Enhanced Programmable ircII Client) is an open source console based IRC client based on ircII. It is primarily suited to users who wish to write their own IRC scripts or have IRC scripts written by others. There are two current generations: EPIC4 and EPIC5.

The EPIC software was forked from ircII-2.8.2 in the Autumn of 1994. It seeks to be a faithful replacement for ircII.

When EPIC is started for the first time, users will notice that they should really learn the basics of scripting.

Features include:

  • Multi-server support.
  • CTCP support – ask other clients for information.
  • DCC support – talk with another user outside of IRC.
  • Window merge – combine two windows into one.
  • Disappearing echos.
  • Transparent encryption over any transport protocol.
  • Bulk-removal of aliases, assigns, ons, etc.
  • Tag aliases, assigns, ons, etc, as belonging to a package group that can be unloaded later.
  • Create your own commands with aliases.
  • 256 color support.
  • Botmode.
  • Complete UTF-8 support, both for the console, scripts, and for messages sent/received via IRC.
  • Unlimited ability to recode messages in any encoding to/from IRC.
  • IPv6 support.

Support: Documentation
Developer: EPIC Software Labs
License: BSD License


EPIC is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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