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Not to be confused with WeChat.
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; 12 years ago (2003-06-26)
Stable release 1.3 (August 16, 2015; 15 days ago (2015-08-16)[1]) [±]
Preview release 1.3-dev[2] / nightly build
Development status Active
Written in C
Operating system GNU/Linux, BSD, OS X, GNU Hurd, Microsoft Windows (using Cygwin)
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]

Weechat can be used and navigated using a keyboard alone but also supports mouse input. The client can be heavily customized via configuration files and using various plugins and scripts.


WeeChat's features include:[4]

Supported platforms[edit]

WeeChat supports most platforms and operating systems, including GNU/Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, Debian GNU/Hurd, HP-UX, Solaris, QNX, Haiku, and Microsoft Windows (via the Cygwin library and API).[5]

Binary packages and builds of WeeChat are available for installation as well as the source code for self compilation.[6] This includes most Linux distributions, such as Debian,[7] Ubuntu,[8] Mandriva Linux,[9] Fedora,[10] Gentoo Linux,[11] Arch Linux,[12] as well as FreeBSD 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 1.3 - WeeChat news". weechat.org. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  2. ^ "WeeChat, the extensible chat client". Retrieved 2015-05-10. 
  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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