A curated list of awesome IRC resources.
A list of tools, software & other resources related to the Internet Relay Chat (IRC) protocol.
IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is an open source protocol that can be used for multi-user text based communication through channels.
You use these to connect to IRC.
- Komanda - Designed for people who write code (beta). (source)
- Textual - Very customizable, ZNC integration, iCloud sync ($4.99). (source)
- LimeChat - One window for multiple servers, keyboard shortcuts, fast & stable. (source)
- HexChat - Based on XChat, easy to use, spell check & multiple languages. (source)
- gamja - A simple IRC web client. (source)
- Kiwi IRC - Powerful modern IRC messenger for the web. (source, demo)
- CIRC - Uses the chrome.sockets APIs to connect directly to IRC servers without needing a proxy. (source)
- Quassel - Distributed (clients can attach to and detach from a central core that stays permanently online. (source)
- Yaaic - Multi-server/channel support, SASL support, Smooth channel scrolling / swiping. (source)
- relay.js - Focuses on making IRC less intimidating and easier to use.
- Circe - For use in Emacs, sane defaults.
- Smuxi - User-friendly, based on GNOME / GTK+. (source)
- KvIRC - Free, portable, based on Qt GUI toolkit. (source)
- Konversation - User-friendly client built on the KDE Platform. (source)
- sic - Simple IRC client - a terminal client in less than 250 lines of C.
- irssi - Terminal client, multi-protocol friendly for module authors, GPLv2.
- Revolution IRC - Feature-full, actively maintained Android IRC client. (source)
- AdiIRC - Never has a client offered such granular settings for every aspect of the IRC experience. (features, screenshots)
- IRC for Android™ Android/Chrome OS client for power users, with ZNC built-ins, notification logic, reliable DCC, keybinds for hardware keyboards, etc.
- Iridium - Friendly IRC client built in Vala and GTK, designed for elementary OS. (source)
More? Clients that include bouncers are found below.
Useful for disconnecting and reconnecting without losing the chat session.
- IRCCloud - Group chat for teams, friends, and communities. stay connected, chat from anywhere, and never miss a message (+client) (£0-£3.50/month).
- Convos - Always online web IRC client. (source, demo)
- ZNC - Most popular. many different plugins. (source)
- BIP IRC Proxy - Always online, lightweight and secure Open Source IRC proxying with backlogging. (source)
- TheLounge - Responsive, self-hosted & support for multiple users. (source, demo)
- WeeChat - A fast, light and extensible chat client. (source)
- soju - A user-friendly IRC bouncer.
Used for running your own IRC server or network.
- ircd.js - Server will allow clients to connect, join channels, change topics; basic stuff.
- InspIRCd - Modular, stable, written from scratch. (source)
- miniircd - Very simple and limited.
- ngIRCd - Portable and lightweight for small or private networks. (source)
- Ergo - Modern server that's portable and designed around specifications (bleeding-edge IRCv3 support).
- RobustIRC - IRC server without netsplits. (source)
Used to provide user accounts and bots like NickServ/ChanServ to your network.
- Atheme - Designed for large networks with high scalability requirements. (source)
- anope - Designed for flexibility and ease of use. (source)
IRC users which provide services for humans, e.g. integrations or information.
- Sopel - Tonnes of ready made features, tutorial, fully documented. (source)
- Limnoria - Robust, user friendly, developer friendly.
- Twitch Plays - Takes input from the chat and presses the corresponding key.
- Skybot - Main goals are simplicity and power.
- talkbackbot - Responds to configured trigger phrases with quotes from notable women. (source)
- lazybot - User-friendly and powerful.
- IRC-BF -
- geordi - Compiles and runs C++ code snippets.
- CloudBot - Simple, fast, expandable.
- yossarian-bot - Large default plugin set, Cinch-based.
- helga - Pluggable chat bot supporting multiple protocols.
- EveIRC - Extendable chat/channel/server-managenent service-providing bot. Using the Cinch Framework.
- BitBot - Modular, event-driven bot featuring a REST API, individual user settings and much more. bitbot.dev
- Cardinal - Python Twisted IRC bot with a focus on ease of plugin development. (source)
Helpful to write bots or integrate IRC with applications.
- goirc - Event-based, stateful, lacking documentation.
- Hubot IRC Adapter - The IRC adapter for hubot.
- go-ircevent - Event-based.
- pyaib - Easy to use framework for writing bots.
- slate-irc - Plugin system, simple api, arbitrary input stream, debug support.
- PircBotX - Event based IRC Library with a straightforward API (updated fork of PircBot).
- IRC::Client -
Perl6based extendable IRC client framework.
Sends messages back and forth.
- discord-irc - Discord ↔ IRC.
- slack-irc - Slack ↔ IRC.
- irc-slack - Slack ↔ IRC.
- BitlBee - XMPP, Jabber, Google Talk, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, ICQ, Twitter API, HipChat ↔ IRC.
- teleirc - Telegram ↔ IRC.
- toxirc - Tox ↔ IRC.
- skyweb2irc - Skype (webclient API) ↔ IRC.
- matterbridge - IRC ↔ Mattermost ↔ Discord ↔ XMPP ↔ Gitter ↔ Slack ↔ Discord ↔ Telegram ↔ ...
- netsplit.de Search - Searches 563 different networks.
- mibbit Search - Searches networks listed here.
- KiwiIRC Search - Searches 318 different networks.
A collection of IRC servers is known as a network.
- Libera.Chat - Network mostly focused on free and open source projects, run by former freenode staff.
- Snoonet - Community of redditors and subreddits. (rules)
- OFTC - Community for free and open source software communities.
- LibertaCasa - Privacy endorsing community serving as a safe and open space for the discussion of various topics.
Articles and blog posts about IRC.
- Please don't use Slack for FOSS projects - Drew DeVault's Blog.
- IRC Networks Under Systematic Attack From Governments - QuakeNet.
- IRC is dead, long live IRC - Pingdom.
- IRC Has Lost 60% Of Its Users Since 2003, But Life As A Robot Is Just Beginning - Alex Williams (TechCrunch).
How-to's, documentation and books.
- #irchelp - A vast amount of reasonably up-to-date information.
Information and resources about the IRC protocol itself.
- IRCv3 Working Group - A group of IRC software authors working to enhance, improve, maintain and standardize the IRC protocol. (source)
- Modern IRC Documents - An attempt to write an update to the original IRC protocol. documentation (source)
- IRC Definition Files - Lists of numerics, modes, ISUPPORT tokens and other protocol details. (source)
- grawity's IRC docs - Collection of misc IRC protocol documentation.
- Protocol Statistics - Statistics around the server software in use on networks today. (source)
- IRC Parser Tests - A CC0 set of test suites, to ensure IRC message parsers are consistent.
- DareNET Archives - IRC Archives for old hard to find IRC related software.
Items that belong on the list but defy classification.
- superseriousstats - Fast and efficient program to create statistics out of various types of chat logs.
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