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ii (IRC client)

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Original author(s)Anselm R. Garbe, Nico Golde
Stable release
1.9 Edit this on Wikidata / 7 January 2022
Written inC
Operating systemUnix-like
Available inEnglish
TypeIRC client
LicenseMIT License

IRC It, or ii is a free and open-source Unix IRC client written in C by the suckless.org community.

From the readme:[1]

ii is a minimalist FIFO and filesystem-based IRC client. It creates an irc directory tree with server, channel and nickname directories. In every directory a FIFO in file and a normal out file is created. The in file is used to communicate with the servers and the out files contain the server messages. For every channel and every nickname there are related in and out files created. This allows IRC communication from command line and adheres to the Unix philosophy.

ii is described as a client "even more plain" than the usual CLI-based clients, which are "commonly thought to be the most basic". It consists of less than 500 lines of sourcecode. Its core command set includes "joining and parting, changing nickname and setting topics."[2]

Author Tobias Schlitt called ii "fantastic" and his "tool of the year", which "simply uses the file system to structure IRC connections, channels and queries and offers FIFOs to communicate with the server. It allows you to write IRC bots in bash (or any other language that allows file access)".[3]

See also



  1. ^ Golde, Nico; Garbe, Anselm (31 October 2011). "ii". suckless. suckless.org. Retrieved 2012-10-12.
  2. ^ Lederer, Christian ("phrozen77") (September 13, 2010). "ii – A Filesystem-based IRC Client". irc-junkie.org. Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany: IRC-Junkie.org: Your daily dose of IRC related news. Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)(rationale)
  3. ^ Schlitt, Tobias (November 27, 2008). "Tool of the year: ii (irc it)". Dinslaken, Germany: schlitt.info. Retrieved 2012-10-12.(rationale)