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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.


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]


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]


  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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