The client of the future
Latest commit cdfd75d Sep 23, 2018


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Irssi is a modular chat client that is most commonly known for its text mode user interface, but 80% of the code isn't text mode specific. Irssi comes with IRC support built in, and there are third party ICB, SILC, XMPP (Jabber), PSYC and Quassel protocol modules available.


Download information

Development source installation

git clone
cd irssi
make && sudo make install

Release source installation

tar xJf irssi-*.tar.xz
cd irssi-*
make && sudo make install


See the INSTALL file for details





Security information

Please report security issues to Thanks!

Bugs / Suggestions / Contributing

Check the GitHub issues if it is already listed in there; if not, open an issue on GitHub or send a mail to

Irssi is always looking for developers. Feel free to submit patches through GitHub pull requests.

You can also contact the Irssi developers in #irssi on freenode.