Coolest looking terminal IRC client

I am looking for a IRC client for the terminal that has colors, user list and just generally looks awesome ๐Ÿ˜‰
Any recommendations? There are loads of IRC clients in the repositories and I don’t want to download them all to find the best one.

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

IRSSI – The client of the future

sudo apt-get install irssi

Say no more

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Solution 2

I would prefer weechat. Apart from having colors and looking awesome it is very customizable.


A very small IRC client is ii, but has no colors out of the box. It is good for using in shell scripts etc.

Solution 3

Always used Epic with the SplitFire script myself.

From their site:

EPIC’s development model is to provide
tools to scripters rather than
features to end users. Out of the box,
EPIC behaves much the same way
ircII-2.8.2 did in 1994. To truly
leverage EPIC, you will need a script pack.

Solution 4

Quassel is a really good client in this way. In addition, it can be split in core and client and hence allow multiple computers all connected with the same user name.

Solution 5

I think one of the best IRC clients (ncurses based) is BitchX. It’s included by default in the Fedora distros and it might be, in the future, shipped with Ubuntu.

BitchX had several security vulnerabilities, which were fixed lately. You can check BitchX 1.2 (NEW flavor, very nice) on GitHUB: Bitchx is awesome!

I recommend it for all of you who are nostalgic about good old times, also for those eager to experiment.

Another interesting IRC client is IRCII, you can find it here: ircII is awesome!

Thanks to all for them!

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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