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silentray 02-06-2008 10:52 AM

What is the best IRC client in Linux? Can someone give me a suggestion?

I am new to Linux. For work, I need to use IRC sometime. Can any one tell me what is the best IRC client on Linux?

Many thanks.

Nylex 02-06-2008 11:05 AM

Define "best". Personally, I like X-Chat.

dive 02-06-2008 11:35 AM

Depends if you want a gui or command line. I think X-Chat is the best (perhaps only) irc client with a gui. For the command line I prefer irssi.

Lepakko 02-06-2008 11:51 AM

I prefer Irssi as well, it's very powerful and light. It does require a few moments of reading the documentation and is indeed text based (it's IRC after all), which may turn some people off. There's also a nice comparison of IRC clients at Wikipedia.

AlucardZero 02-06-2008 12:29 PM

mIRC under wine ;)

Or XChat.

Su-Shee 02-07-2008 04:55 AM


Because it supports a nice translating from utf-8 to iso-8859-1 and the other way round.

For chat addicts using SILC, ICQ, Jabber and IRC all at the same time: Gaim/Pidgin.

AlucardZero 02-07-2008 09:26 AM

GAIM/Pidgin/Trillian are great for instant messaging, not so much for IRC.

dive 02-07-2008 09:30 AM

Run irssi in screen and you can log right out of X and reattach it later.

craigevil 02-07-2008 09:50 AM


But it is a matter of personal choice and opinion like asking what distro or any other app is best.

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