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README.md

Web-IRC

A web IRC client

The goal for this project is to become the best in-browser IRC client available, and bring the best ideas from modern web applications to IRC. It was inspired by a request for improvements to qwebirc by Paul Irish.

Web-IRC is based on node.js and Martyn Smith's node-irc on the backend, and Backbone.js and jQuery on the frontend.

Status

The app is still in its early stages. Potential contributors should find plenty to do.

Here's what works:

  • Choose nick/network/channel(s) to use at login
  • Join channels
  • Send messages to channels
  • Switch between channel tabs, see chat output
  • Leave channels
  • Private messages

Here's (a partial list of) what doesn't work yet:

  • Status messages
  • Channel topics
  • Listing channels

Design/UI/UX help also desperately needed.

Installation

  1. Install node.js (instructions)
  2. Install npm

    curl http://npmjs.org/install.sh | sh
    
  3. Install dependencies

    npm install express node-irc
    
  4. Run server

    node server.js
    
  5. Point your browser at http://localhost:8337/

Rationale

Web-based IRC clients are quite popular, particularly as an in-page embed for various open source projects and live shows. The ubiquitous choice at this time is the aforementioned qwebirc.

Here are some popular sites that use (or link to) a web IRC client:

License

MIT licensed. See LICENSE.

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