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)
- 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. (demo)
- 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.
- Colloquy - AppleScript-enabled IRC client.
- 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.
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)
- Oragono - Modern, experimental server that's portable and designed around specifications. (source)
- RobustIRC - IRC server without netsplits.
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
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
- slack-irc - Slack
- irc-slack - Slack
- BitlBee - XMPP, Jabber, Google Talk, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, ICQ, Twitter API, HipChat
- teleirc - Telegram
- toxirc - Tox
- skyweb2irc - Skype (webclient API)
- 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.
- ##linux@freenode - Linux support and discussion channel. (rules)
- #ubuntu@freenode - Official ubuntu support channel. (rules)
A collection of IRC servers is known as a network.
- freenode - The largest network, for free and open source software communities. (rules)
- Snoonet - Community of redditors and subreddits. (rules)
- OFTC - Community for free and open source software communities.
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 - Royal 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.
- IRC LC - Create a URL that points to a channel on a IRC network.
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