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Not to be confused with WeChat.

WeeChat is a modular chat client with support for IRC.

WeeChat comes with a default ncurses interface, but it is possible to use other interfaces (e.g. Glowing Bear,[1] a web frontend).


WeeChat's features include:[2]

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).[3]

Binary packages and builds of WeeChat are available for installation as well as the source code for self compilation.[4] This includes most Linux distributions, such as Debian,[5] Ubuntu,[6] Mandriva Linux,[7] Fedora,[8] Gentoo Linux,[9] Arch Linux,[10] as well as FreeBSD via the FreeBSD Ports system.[11]


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.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Glowing Bear - A web client for WeeChat". github.com. glowing-bear.org. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "WeeChat :: about :: Features". weechat.org. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  3. ^ "WeeChat in Cygwin". weechat.org. 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  4. ^ "WeeChat: Downloads". weechat.org. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  5. ^ "Debian: WeeChat packages". packages.debian.org. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  6. ^ "Ubuntu: WeeChat packages". packages.ubuntu.org. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  7. ^ "Mandriva: WeeChat packages". mandriva.com. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  8. ^ "Fedora: WeeChat packages". fedoraproject.org. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  9. ^ "Gentoo: WeeChat packages". gentoo.org. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  10. ^ "Arch Linux: WeeChat packages". archlinux.org. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  11. ^ "FreeBSD Ports: WeeChat". freebsd.org. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  12. ^ 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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