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Irssi the irc client that rocks

Posted 06-26-2010 at 05:42 PM by craigevil
Updated 03-08-2012 at 01:54 PM by craigevil

Irssi is a terminal based IRC client for UNIX systems. It also supports SILC, XMPP and ICB protocols via plugins.

Even the dpkg bot in #debian agrees irssi rocks:
<dpkg> i guess irssi is the best <IRC> client ever. "aptitude install irssi" and read . See also

Simple easy script to setup irssi for you: Irssi Config Generator

Lots of fun and useful irssi scripts/themes:
web::irssi::scripts -
irssi Themes -

irssi Documentation/Guides
Irssi - The client of the future -
Irssi Documentation and Resources | -
A nice document about BitlBee installation and usage by Bradley Marshall note pdf document
Irssi quickstart guide (Linux Reviews) -
Irssi’s /channel, /network, /server and /connect – What It Means -
Irssi Handling JOINS/PARTS/QUITS -
Internet Relay Chat Anonymity -

Some nifty things you can do with irssi:
An Illustrated Guide to Split Windows in Irssi | -
A Guide to Efficiently Using Irssi and Screen | -
SILC Secure Internet Live Conferencing -
HowtoTwitter - BitlBee Wiki -
HowtoFacebook - BitlBee Wiki -
Facebook Chat In Bitlbee -
Use Irssi with Tor -
Skype plugin for BitlBee
SILC Plugin for Irssi -

irssi + bitlbee Chat with AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Gtalk, Facebook and Yahoo through Irssi with bitlbee .
You can either install bitlbee or just use one of the Bitlbee servers to connect to your favorite IM protocols. No need to worry about pidgin, empathy, amsn, etc; you only need irssi and bitlbee to do it all.
Install the bitlbee package using aptitude, aptitude install bitlbee and it begins listening on localhost:6667. You connect and use it the same way as a public server.

Add a network and server for easier & automatic connecting:
/network add bitlbee
/server add -auto -network bitlbee localhost
/connect bitlbee
Useful irssi scripts for bitlbee:

irssi packages in debian:
irssi-plugin-otr - Off-the-Record Messaging Plugin for Irssi
irssi-plugin-xmpp - XMPP plugin for irssi
irssi-scripts - collection of scripts for irssi
irssi-dev - terminal based IRC client - development files
irssi - terminal based IRC client
irssi-plugin-silc-dbg - debug symbols for the SILC plugin for irssi
irssi-plugin-silc - SILC plugin for irssi

#debian is on both OFTC and freenode. AKA allows the use of a secure certificate to login:
NickServ/CertFP - OFTC -

freenode has SSL as well:
Freenode, SSL and SASL Authentication with Irssi :
Accessing Freenode IRC network via SSL Secure Connection | Ubuntu Tutorials -

On freenode when you are connected using SSL you will see a Z by your nick. Mine for example shows [craigevil(+RZi)] , the Z means secure, R means This umode prevents users who are not identified to nickserv from sending you private messages, and "i" (invisible) This prevents you from appearing in global WHO/WHOIS by normal users, and hides which channels you are on. It is strongly recommended that you set this umode.

If you need help with irc in general take a look at: An IRC Tutorial -

Now go install irssi and join some channels and have fun. Feel free to say hi, I am always in #debian, #linux-smokers-club, and #smxi on oftc and on freenode in #debian, ##linux.
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