IRC Client List for GNU / Linux

In the late 80s and early 90s, one of the most popular means of communication in the network of networks was IRC (Internet Relay Chat), as it allowed a large number of people, from anywhere on the planet, to communicate and share ideas, comments, jokes or whatever quickly through text.

With the arrival of MSN, Yahoo Messenger, XMPP (Jabber), Gtalk, Facebook ... etc, IRC gradually lost its charm, and is normally used only by Hackers, Developers, Geeks, Nerds, that is, in a general way by people related to computers.

But it is still an excellent means of group communication. Even in FromLinux we have our own IRC server and of course, in the repositories you can find various applications to use this type of service.

Talking about each one of them would be impossible, as they have their particularities, advantages, disadvantages ... etc. That is why I leave you a table that I found in this site, where a large number of applications of this type are collected to GNU / Linux and Unix in general.

Name | Comments | Description
Bezerk [Lost!] IRC client written in GTK
CIRCUS 🙁 [deprecated by MOST IRC] Graphical IRC client
conspired Lightweight IRC client, written in Gtk2 and originally a fork of Xchat
dirc IRC client based on tcl, you must edit the config.tcl file
Eirc This has been rewritten as KeIRC I believe.
EthioIRC EthioIRC is a (UNIX / X11) client based on smallirc, for ethiopic IRC ...
FoxIRC German X-Forms-based client. This appears to be different from the…
IRCat-Lite A Japanese IRC client using Gnome / gtk
Jarl Jarl is a Perl / Tk Jabber Client that supports messaging with optional…
keirc Keirc is a powerful Internet Relay Chat client program written for…
kIRC [dead; latest update was June 1998] An IRC client for the KDE desktop…
conversation  ***** IRC client for KDE with multiple options and features.
Kopete The KDE Instant Messenger. Kopete is an instant messenger supporting…
ksirc The default IRC client included with the KDE desktop.
kVirc KVirc is a powerful Visual Internet Relay Chat Client for KDE….
LostIRC  **** Open source multi-channel IRC client in early stages of development, ...
minIRC MinIRC is an extremely small IRC client written in tcl / Tk. It has ...
MostIRC 🙁 Graphical IRC client by Ivo van der Wijk and Mark de boer, for Linux ...
NetPlug Actually works on any tcl / tk platform.
nitz_2000irc Nitz_2000 is a graphical IRC Client with a new, radically-advanced…
new [defunct] (use xchat instead) A gnome / gtk-based multi-protocol chat…
olirc [not sure I have the right links here] A small irc client using…
Pircy Pircy is a collection of sirc scripts and a small patch to sirc that…
Q-Irc A KDE-based client for X. Limited features (eg no DC Chat), but…
Chatter IRC  ***** Quassel is a multi-platform graphical IRC program that lets you…
QuIRC Themabble. Written in C ++ with tcl / tk scripting. A Red Hat package is…
RoxIRC RoxIRC is a graphical IRC client written in tcl / tk. It provides a ...
savIRC [GPL] A multi-platform tcl-based multi-window scriptable client with…
SmIRC SmIRC is an X11R6 IRC client, based on the Motif widget set. SmIRC ...
SPX [defunct?] Sula Primerix, or simply SPX, is a multiple-server IRC…
awl programmable multiple server IRC client with many extension…
tkirc Obsolete by tkirc2
tkirc2 A rewrite of tkirc, GUI front end to ircII with multiple windows,…
WeeChat WeeChat (Wee Enhanced Environment for Chat) is a fast and light IRC ...
X-Chat ***** X-Chat is a fully featured IRC client by Peter Zelezny; it uses the…
xfirc [dead?] xfirc is an extensible IRC client written in Java. It uses ...
XgIRC [dead?] Uses GTK, the Gimp toolkit. It seems to have a rather long ...
xIrc An X11-based IRC client by Joe Croft, using the C ++ Qt library. The…
yagIRC [dead?] Yet Another GTK + IRC »client. It is a graphical IRC client by…
Zipper [old] Linux X / TCL / Tk based IRC client. Supports many functions…
Zircon ***** A powerful IRC client written by Lindsay Marshall in tcl / Tk. If you…

 

In addition to those shown in the table, many of which are included in the repositories of most of the current distributions, there are other alternatives such as Opera (the Navigator) which has native IRC support, and Chatzilla which can be used as a complement in Firefox. Or they can also use our webirc.

Also in console there are several applications that can serve us, highlighting among them IRSSI, which does not stop being powerful because it is run on a terminal:

Well, you know, if you want to access our IRC, share with us, talk, joke and have a good time, don't say you have no alternatives for it 😀


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  1.   Hyuuga_Neji said

    I already managed to get the Xchat into a national IRC…. but no way they do it for DL

  2.   Brutosaurus said

    Of those that I have tried, the one I like the most is XChat, because it allows me to put the bottom bar of the servers, channels, etc. (Like Win's mIRC I was so used to a few years ago.)

    A greeting!

  3.   Neo61 said

    give me the solution, I say, only if we are in the same country

  4.   msx said

    I used Irssi for a long time until I came across WeeChat - excellent.
    If both clients were a distro, Irssi would be Slack and WeeChat Arch 😛
    Irssi is ultra-lightweight, feature-packed albeit a bit harsh and with few extensions.
    WeeChat instead takes where Irssi left off and becomes the best IRC client for console C
    http://imgur.com/LrWOA

    1.    Helena said

      +1 I use weechat because console applications are simply cool 😀

      1.    msx said

        And don't forget the plugins, with WeeChat you can do practically whatever you want and with a fraction of the resources clients need for X

  5.   Algabe said

    Missing name Weechat 🙂

  6.   cronos said

    Konversation, Quassel and X-Chat would be my usual choices. I will have to try Irssi at some point 🙂

  7.   Sergio Esau Arámbula Duran said

    BlogDrake XD IRC channel host was missing Escomposlinux

  8.   kikee said

    I think the best client is Irssi, it is the most powerful and can be extended with many extensions, more than in weechat and not as mentioned above. In addition, it can also be used on servers where they do not have a graphical interface.

    For my part, if I want to use a graphical application to connect, I do it from Pidgin, which although it is somewhat lax for IRC, is easy to use and I think more friendly than Xchat.

  9.   Koratsuki said

    Pidgin, it is until now that I have tried and liked. I'll try xchat… 😀

  10.   truko22 said

    I've only used Konveration, it has many options and every day I learn something new from it, I use it to download anime through xdcc.

  11.   Xykyz said

    I've always used xChat, because it also came from mIRC and it's the closest thing I found. However, since I use KDE, I use Quassel, which will integrate better with the rest of the system.

  12.   freebsddick said

    They lack emacs that through ERC serves as an integrated client for irc and other protocols !!

  13.   milky28 said

    I stay with Xchat complete in every way for me I have nothing more to ask for.