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WeeChat 0.3.2 with the default configuration and the script in use
Original author(s) Sébastien Helleu
Developer(s) Sébastien Helleu
Initial release June 26, 2003 (2003-06-26)
Stable release 1.0.1 (September 28, 2014 (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 (using Cygwin)
Size 2.8 MB
Available in 7 languages[3]
Type IRC client
License GPLv3
Website .orgweechat

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.


  • Features 1
  • Supported platforms 2
  • Reception 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


WeeChat's features include:[4]

Supported platforms

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


  1. ^ "Version 1.0.1 - WeeChat news". 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". Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  5. ^ "WeeChat in Cygwin". 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  6. ^ "WeeChat: Downloads". 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  7. ^ "Debian: WeeChat packages". Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  8. ^ "Ubuntu: WeeChat packages". Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  9. ^ "Mandriva: WeeChat packages". Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  10. ^ "Fedora: WeeChat packages". Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  11. ^ "Gentoo: WeeChat packages". Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  12. ^ "Arch Linux: WeeChat packages". Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  13. ^ "FreeBSD Ports: WeeChat". 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. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Github page
  • Savannah project page (deprecated)
  • WeeChat at Freecode
  • #weechat on freenode
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