Top 5 IRC Clients for Linux

It seems a lie, but despite the phenomenon caused by social networks such as Facebook or Twitter good old technologies continue to be valid and popularity. It is the case of IRC (Internet Relay Chat), a system that allows holding multi-user conferences in which it is possible to have an active conversation in groups in a simple and efficient way. It differs from the IM in which users must not agree to establish communication beforehand, in such a way that all users who are in a channel can communicate with each other, even if they have not had any previous contact

The IRC protocol has special relevance in the Linux world- Lots of events and meetings are held virtually, and this technology makes it easy to get involved and get those meetings going. The clients to be able to connect to these conferences are multitude, although there are some outstanding ones.
And highlighting IRC clients is precisely what they have done in, where they have analyzed the advantages and disadvantages of 5 great IRC clients that allow users to connect to these services.

The protagonists are the following:


Although some may not know it, Pidgin is not only an instant messaging client, it also allows you to act as an IRC client. This means that users can not only chat with their friends and acquaintances on various IM networks, but also be able to enter IRC rooms to discuss all kinds of topics.


East IRC specific client for KDE It has the typical interface divided into tabs for each room, and it is possible to configure notifications -including On Screen Display (OSD) notifications to alert us when the IRC window is not in the foreground- and also allows us to create bookmarks with our channels or favorite rooms, and other aids to make IRC sessions as profitable as possible.


Probably one of the oldest, but not for that neglected. Xchat is an IRC client with a very well resolved interface that also benefits from another very interesting feature: scripts and plugins, which make the initial functionality just a small appetizer of what we can achieve with those add-ons. For example, scripts that add an RSS feed to the conversation, or others that allow you to play chess via IRC or control the MP3 player.


If you are Firefox users and prefer to keep the maximum of functions integrated in the browser, you can enjoy this plugin for the Mozilla browser that will allow you connect to IRC directly from the browser. As indicated in the original article, being integrated into the browser does not detract from ChatZilla's interest, since it is a client with everything you need to enjoy that IRC experience, and there are even additional plugins for ChatZilla, although in this section does not reach the quantity or quality of XChat or Irssi, our next protagonist.


The most veteran and those who work with the command console will surely know Irssi, a client based on the command line interface. On they indicate that it is especially interesting to use Irssi with the utility GNU Screen to achieve a great tandem -full tutorial here- when connecting to IRC sessions from the terminal. In addition Irssi has a wide catalog of plugins, scripts and add-ons that help you get the most out of it.

Source: Very Linux

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  1.   chupy35 said

    missing irssi and quassel

    but irssi takes it ...

  2.   Let's use Linux said

    It's true ... I've already added them to the list of Programs. See:

  3.   ara11 said

    Here you have more clients for IRC

  4.   Reygun30012 said

    I would like more that the IRC evolve in an Interface something more similar to MSN and above all I would like msn to have all the options in an accessible way since although I like the commands it is not really productive to be using them.

  5.   Rodri Brv said

    Irssi + Tmux… Perfect combination