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WeeChat 0.3.2 with the default configuration and the buffers.pl script in use
WeeChat 0.3.2 with the default configuration and the buffers.pl script in use
Developer(s)Sébastien Helleu
Initial releaseJune 26, 2003; 16 years ago (2003-06-26)
Stable release
2.6 (June 6, 2019; 4 months ago (2019-06-06)[1]) [±]
Preview release
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inC
Operating systemLinux, BSD, OS X, GNU Hurd, Microsoft Windows (using Cygwin)
Size17.2 MB
Available in13 languages[3]
TypeIRC client

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.

WeeChat comes with a default ncurses interface, but through the use of the relay plugin, it is possible to use other interfaces[4] (e.g. Glowing Bear,[5] a web frontend).


WeeChat's features include:[6]

Supported platforms[edit]

WeeChat supports most platforms and operating systems, including Linux, BSD, macOS, Debian GNU/Hurd, HP-UX, Solaris, QNX, Haiku, and Microsoft Windows (via the Cygwin library and API).[7]

Binary packages and builds of WeeChat are available for installation as well as the source code for self compilation.[8] This includes most Linux distributions and BSD package management systems, such as Debian,[9] Ubuntu,[10] Mandriva Linux,[11] Fedora,[12] Gentoo Linux,[13] Arch Linux,[14] FreeBSD via the FreeBSD Ports system, OpenBSD via the Ports collection, as well on NetBSD via Pkgsrc.[15]


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.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Version 2.6". weechat.org. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  2. ^ "WeeChat, the extensible chat client". Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  3. ^ "WeeChat translations". WeeChat. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  4. ^ Helleu, Sébastien. "WeeChat user's guide". weechat.org. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  5. ^ "Glowing Bear - A web client for WeeChat". github.com. glowing-bear.org. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  6. ^ "WeeChat :: about :: Features". weechat.org. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  7. ^ "WeeChat in Cygwin". weechat.org. 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  8. ^ "WeeChat: Downloads". weechat.org. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
  9. ^ "Debian: WeeChat packages". packages.debian.org. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
  10. ^ "Ubuntu: WeeChat packages". packages.ubuntu.org. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
  11. ^ "Mandriva: WeeChat packages". mandriva.com. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
  12. ^ "Fedora: WeeChat packages". fedoraproject.org. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
  13. ^ "Gentoo: WeeChat packages". gentoo.org. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
  14. ^ "Arch Linux: WeeChat packages". archlinux.org. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
  15. ^ "FreeBSD Ports: WeeChat". freebsd.org. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
  16. ^ 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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