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IRC Clients for Unix

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Name Reviews Home page
birc   An open source, ncurses front ended IRC client. Multi-Server...
BitchX **** A derivative of ircII and EPIC, with many features and good support...
blackened   Blackened, the author says, offers a number of useful features and...
ccirc   [LOST] An irc client written in ksh scripts (needs ksh or zsh)....
colirc   An old (1996?) patch to ircII to add colour support.
colorirc   Another patch to ircII to add colour support; cf. colirc.
E3WD   [defunct] A version of EPIC 3 by White Dragon, adding colours and DCC ...
EPIC   A popular text-based Unix IRC client. Scripting is powerful; see...
ERC   ERC is an IRC client for Emacs/XEmacs. It supports multiple channel...
IRCaman   Needs Tcl/Tk 8.0.3. This appears to be little more than a front end...
ircbase   ircbase allows you to establish a persistent IRC server connection on ...
IRChat   An irc client for emacs
ircII ** A very basic Unix IRC client. Most other IRC clients branch from...
IRCIT   [links broken??] IRCIT (IRC for the Information Terrorists) is an...
irssi   irssi is a text-based IRC client; it used to use Gtk+ and work with...
kiwi   emacs client, 1996
Magik   [defunct] (obsoleted by birc) Magik is an open source ncurses-based...
NetHirc   Perl-based; NetHirc is a bad pun and a Net::IRC client. It is...
ninja   ircII-based, with non-blocking connects, MIRC style DCC RESUME, cloak ...
nirc   [defunct?] "Nirc is nowhere near functional enough to use, by any...
phpIRC   phpIRC is an IRC layer for PHP which enables you to include IRC...
pIRC   [defunct?] Simple Perl-based IRC client supporting ANSI...
Rhapsody IRC   [GPL] Rhapsody is an IRC client for Unix operating systems intended...
Scirc   ScIRC is a simple IRC client written in Guile Scheme that allows...
scrollz   A Unix IRC client available in binary format only. Beware that some...
SHIRC!   An IRC client written as a shell script with sed and awk....
sic   curses-based with screen(1)-like ability to detach. No...
sirc   sirc is programmed in Perl and is one of the smallest of client with...
SlIRC   uses the "slang" libraries.
TIRC   TIRC - Token's IRC client; also exists in German, I think.
TuxIRC   [gone?] A command-line client written in Perl, as a learning...
uIRC   simple client for Linux
WeeChat   WeeChat (Wee Enhanced Environment for Chat) is a fast and light IRC...
ZenIRC   Emacs IRC client, includes DCC support, multiple IRC sessions in...

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