Download WeeChat – Multiplatform Extensible Chat Client

WeeChat is a fast, light and extensible chat client. It runs on many platforms .

WeeChat is:

  •  modular: a lightweight core with plugins around
  •  multiprotocols: IRC and Jabber (other soon)
  •  extensible: C plugins and scripts (Perl, Python, Ruby, Lua and Tcl)
  •  free software: released under GPLv3 license
  •  fully documented: user’s guide, API, FAQ

Download WeeChat

WeeChat features


  • light and fast
  • available in many languages
  • good documentation
  • developed from scratch
  • multiplatform: GNU/Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X, ..
  • actively developed, fast support and bugs correction
  • 100% GPL and free

IRC protocol

  • IRC standards compliant
  • SASL authentication (‘plain’ and ‘dhblowfish’)
  • DCC support: files and chats
  • smart filter for join/part/quit messages
  • CTCP replies customization
  • options for target buffer of messages
  • IRC proxy
  • redirection of IRC commands


  • multiservers connection, with no limit
  • soft, background connection
  • IPv6 support
  • SSL support
  • proxy support (http/socks4/socks5)
  • autoreconnection

Innovating features

  • customizable bars around chat area (including nicklist)
  • horizontal and vertical window split
  • smart hotlist in status bar: partial or full names of buffers with activity
  • keys to jump to last read message and highlights in buffer
  • dynamic filtering of lines displayed in buffers
  • incremental text search in buffers
  • FIFO pipe for remote control
  • double charset support (encoding/decoding) by buffer
  • aspell support: check spelling with one or more languages for each buffer
  • extensible with C plugins or scripts (Perl, Python, Ruby, Lua and Tcl)
  • easy script installation with script

Other useful features

  • [advt]256 colors support
  • UTF8 support
  • lag indicator
  • color for away nicks
  • auto completion for nicks, commands and args
  • command alias
  • auto save chats to files
  • everything is customizable
  • dynamic setup

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