WeeChat

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WeeChat
Weechat logo.png
Weechat 032 default config.png
WeeChat 0.3.2 with the default configuration and the buffers.pl script in use
Original author(s) Sébastien Helleu
Developer(s) Sébastien Helleu
Initial release June 26, 2003; 11 years ago (2003-06-26)
Stable release 1.0.1 (September 28, 2014; 59 days ago (2014-09-28)[1]) [±]
Preview release 1.1-dev[2] / nightly build
Development status Active
Written in C
Operating system GNU/Linux, BSD, OS X, Microsoft Windows
Size 2.8 MB
Available in 7 languages[3]
Type IRC client
License GPLv3
Website weechat.org

WeeChat (Wee Enhanced Environment for Chat) is a free and open-source Internet Relay Chat client, which is designed to be light and fast. It is released under the terms of the GNU General Public License 3 and has been developed since 2003.

The client uses a curses frontend, and there are remote interfaces for Web, Qt, Android and Emacs.[4]

In WeeChat everything can be done with a keyboard, though it also supports mouse. It is customizable and extensible with plugins and scripts.

Features[edit]

WeeChat's features include:[4]

Supported platforms[edit]

WeeChat supports a wide variety of platforms and operating systems, including GNU/Linux, BSD derivatives (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Debian GNU/kFreeBSD), Mac OS X, Debian GNU/Hurd, HP-UX, Solaris, QNX, Haiku, and Microsoft Windows (via the Cygwin library and API).[5]

Ready-to-use packages and builds of WeeChat are available for a variety of platforms and operating systems.[6] It is also packaged for many Linux distributions, including Debian,[7] Ubuntu,[8] Mandriva Linux,[9] Fedora,[10] Gentoo Linux,[11] and Arch Linux.[12] WeeChat is also available to FreeBSD users via the FreeBSD Ports system.[13]

Reception[edit]

In his review for Free Software Magazine, Martin Brown graded WeeChat with 43 points out of a possible 50, noting that "At first glance, WeeChat is not as friendly or easy to use as Rhapsody", but, "There’s a lot of hidden power built into the application", including Python, Perl, Ruby and Lua extensions which can be selected at installation.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Version 1.0.1 - WeeChat news". weechat.org. Retrieved 2014-09-28. 
  2. ^ "WeeChat, the extensible chat client". Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  3. ^ "WeeChat translator guide". FlashTux. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  4. ^ a b "WeeChat :: about :: Features". weechat.org. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  5. ^ "WeeChat in Cygwin". weechat.org. 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  6. ^ "WeeChat: Downloads". weechat.org. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  7. ^ "Debian: WeeChat packages". packages.debian.org. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  8. ^ "Ubuntu: WeeChat packages". packages.ubuntu.org. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  9. ^ "Mandriva: WeeChat packages". mandriva.com. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  10. ^ "Fedora: WeeChat packages". fedoraproject.org. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  11. ^ "Gentoo: WeeChat packages". gentoo.org. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  12. ^ "Arch Linux: WeeChat packages". archlinux.org. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  13. ^ "FreeBSD Ports: WeeChat". freebsd.org. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  14. ^ Brown, Martin (2005-09-07). "Free IRC clients : Choosing the best IRC client for your needs". Free Software Magazine (7). Retrieved 2014-01-28. 

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