Chatmore web-based IRC client
What does Chatmore do?
- Chatmore implements the IRC client protocol (RFC 2812) in order to chat in realtime on IRC chat networks.
- Enables web-based IRC access where installation of a native client is prohibited or inconvenient.
- User interface is focused on simplistic and functional for ease of use.
What doesn't Chatmore do?
- Chatmore doesn't make IRC connections from the browser PC. It only talks over HTTP(S) to the hosting web server. The web server maintains the IRC connection.
- There are no tabs or multiple chat windows. All activity is in one view.
- Chatmore doesn't do everything because it's not finished. It is under heavy development, so is currently considered alpha grade software.
Why use Chatmore?
- No end-user client installation. Minimal server requirements.
- Chatmore aims to be a better web IRC client. At the time of writing, there are few alternatives for self-hosting web-based IRC clients.
- You want to access IRC networks from anywhere there's a web browser, such as an Internet cafe, while using a computer that you don't own, etc.
Why did you build this with PHP?
- Other languages could be easier, better, faster, and more gooder. However, half decent PHP web hosting is dirt cheap.
- Tab to reply to users who recently private messaged you.
- As you type, nickname or channel autosuggestions may appear. Tab to select one.
Show messages you missed
- While the chat window does not have focus, incoming messages are highlighted. When you return to the window, it's clear where you left off.
- Title bar shows message count.
Channel and nickname highlighting
- Anywhere a channel or known nickname appears, it will be highlighted.
- Nicknames are given a unique color.
- Doubleclick a channel or nickname to /join or /query for chatting.
Supports independent chat sessions in separate browser tabs.
- PHP 5.2+.
- Linux/Unix OS. Windows is not supported.
- Tested on Debian Linux 3.1, Apache 2.2, PHP 5.2.17
- Browser supporting HTML5.
- Tested browsers on Windows: Chrome 24, Firefox 5, IE9, Safari 5.1.
- Tested browsers on Mac OS X: Chrome 24, Firefox 18.0.1, Safari 6.
# cd src
- Copy build/* files to a web hosted directory.
- Customize settings in config.php, if necessary.
- In a browser, access the directory's associated URL.
In a browser, access the hosted URL.
Assuming the installed virtual directory is /chatmore.
Chatmore accepts access URLs in formats:
View landing page, prompting for connection details.
If nick is omitted, use randomly generated nick.
If #channel is provided, join the channel(s) automatically.
These querystring parameters will also work on the index.php landing page to show the values as defaults in the connection form fields.
- UI not compatible with Mobile Safari on iOS.
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