Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client, meaning that one (or multiple) client(s) can attach to and detach from a central core -- much like the popular combination of screen and a text-based IRC client such as WeeChat, but graphical.
Not only do we aim to bring a pleasurable, comfortable chatting experience to all major platforms, but it's free - as in beer and as in speech, since we distribute Quassel under the GPL, and you are welcome to download and see for yourself!
Official, stable downloads are provided on the Quassel IRC download page.
Automated Windows and macOS builds are available via the GitHub Actions tab. Pick a build, then download the appropriate artifact.
NOTE: As of this writing, you need to log into GitHub to download the automated builds. This issue is being tracked with GitHub.
Unofficial builds and testing versions are contributed by several community members.
We recommend reading the getting started guide on the wiki, but in a pinch, these steps will do.
On first run of the Quassel core, it will wait for a client to connect and present a wizard that will allow you to create the database and one admin user for the core-side storage.
Once you've set up Quassel, you may:
- Add more users:
- Change the password of an existing user:
- See all available options:
On some systems, you may need to specify
quasselcore --configdir=/var/lib/quassel [command].
To learn more, see the Quassel project wiki for in-depth documentation.
IRC is the preferred means of getting in touch with the developers.
The Quassel IRC Team can be contacted on
#quassel.de). If you have trouble getting Quassel to connect,
you can use Freenode's webchat.
We always welcome new users in our channels!
You can learn more and reach out to us in several ways:
- Visit our homepage
- Submit and browse issues on the bugtracker
- GitHub issues are not used, but pull requests are accepted!
- Email the dev team - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading,
~ The Quassel IRC Team