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The friendly IRC client

Iridium is a native Linux IRC client built in Vala and Gtk for elementary OS.

Install from Source

You can install Iridium by compiling from source. Here's the list of dependencies required:

  • granite (>= 0.5.1)
  • debhelper (>= 10.5.1)
  • gettext
  • libgtk-3-dev (>= 3.10)
  • libgee-0.8-dev
  • meson
  • valac (>= 0.28.0)


$ meson build --prefix=/usr
$ cd build
$ ninja


$ sudo ninja install
$ com.github.avojak.iridium

Updating Translations

When new translatable strings are added, ensure that po/POTFILES contains a reference to the file with the translatable string.

Update the .pot file which contains the translatable strings:

$ ninja com.github.avojak.iridium-pot

Generate translations for the languages listed in the po/LINGUAS files:

$ ninja com.github.avojak.iridium-update-po

Feature TODO List

This project is very much in-progress and has a lot of remaining work. Here is a list of features I plan on implementing that I will update upon completion:

  • Automatically open chat views for joined channels and incoming direct messages
  • Support leaving channels and disconnecting from servers
  • Auto-scrolling for new messages
  • Unread message badges for channels
  • Support authentication for servers
  • Special formatting for usernames and URLs in messages
  • Favorite channels
  • Save and restore state when closing and re-opening
  • Display channel users list
  • Easy way to initiate a private message chat view
  • Display available channel list
  • Respond to network loss and re-connection
  • Lock scrolling when reading old messages
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