Circe, a Client for IRC in Emacs
Circe is a Client for IRC in Emacs. It tries to have sane defaults, and integrates well with the rest of the editor, using standard Emacs key bindings and indicating activity in channels in the status bar so it stays out of your way unless you want to use it.
Complexity-wise, it is somewhere between rcirc (very minimal) and ERC (very complex).
In order to securely connect to an IRC server using TLS, Circe requires the GnuTLS binary. On Debian-based GNU+Linux-distributions, you can install it likes this:
apt install gnutls-bin
For displaying images, Circe requires ImageMagick.
Make sure you have MELPA Stable added to your package sources. To your .emacs, add this:
(require 'package) (add-to-list 'package-archives '("melpa-stable" . "http://stable.melpa.org/packages/") t) (package-initialize)
package-install to install Circe:
M-x package-install RET circe RET
M-x circe should work.
In a shell:
mkdir -d ~/.emacs.d/lisp/ cd ~/.emacs.d/lisp git clone git://github.com/jorgenschaefer/circe.git
Then add the following to your
(add-to-list 'load-path "~/.emacs.d/lisp/circe") (require 'circe)
The next time you start your Emacs, you should be able to use
M-x circe to connect to IRC.
Connecting to IRC
To connect to IRC, simply use
M-x circe RET irc.freenode.net RET RET. This will connect you to Freenode. You can join us on
#emacs-circe by using
/join #emacs-circe in the server buffer.
A more elaborate setup would require you to edit your init file and add something like the following:
(setq circe-network-options '(("Freenode" :tls t :nick "my-nick" :sasl-username "my-nick" :sasl-password "my-password" :channels ("#emacs-circe") )))
With this in your configuration, you can use
M-x circe RET Freenode RET to connect to Freenode using these settings.
Please note: Circe uses the
gnutls-cli command line
programs to connect via TLS. These tools do not by default verify the
server certificate. If you want to verify the server certificate,
- Sensible defaults
- Tab completion
- Nick highlighting
- Automatically displaying images in channel
- Spell checker
- Ignore feature that also hides users who talk to users on your ignore list
- Ignored messages can be toggled so they show up and then hidden again
- TLS/SSL support
- SASL authentication support
- Nickserv authentication, automatic ghosting, and nick re-gain
- Ability to reduce join/part/quit spam from lurkers
- Automatic splitting of long lines at word boundaries
- Netsplit handling
- Activity tracking in the mode line
- Fully customizeable message display
- Topic changes can be shown as a diff
- Automatic linking of Emacs Lisp symbols, RFCs, PEPs, SRFIs, Github issues, etc.
- Automatic splitting of outgoing messages at word boundaries to adhere to IRC protocol limitations
- Flood protection
- Nickname coloring (via the
- Lag monitoring (via the
- Automatic pasting to a paste site for long messages (via the
- Bar marking the last read position (via the
Please see the Wiki for further information: