BitlBee – cross-platform instant messaging gateway

BitlBee is an open source IRC gateway program for a variety of instant messaging protocols.

This software acts as a IRC server, creates a IRC “channel” with all your contacts and allows you to talk to them as if they were normal IRC users.

It is also possible to combine BitlBee with web browser IRC clients such as cgi-irc.

Features include:

  • Supports the following protocols:
    • XMPP/Jabber (including Google Talk and Hipchat).
    • Skype.
    • AIM.
    • ICQ.
  • Multiple channels.
  • Contact groups.
  • Groupchats.
  • nick_format.
  • libpurple.
  • File transfers.
  • Themes/Skins.
  • Plugin system.
  • Message Logging.
  • Offline messaging.
  • It supports the display of remote user status using the IRC voice attribute: online users are shown with voice, away users are shown without.
  • Unicode support.

Support: Quickstart Guide, Wiki, GitHub
Developer: BitlBee team
License: GNU GPL v2


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

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