WeeChat (also known as Wee Enhanced Environment for Chat) is an open source, extensible, cross-platform, fast, modular and lightweight chat client specifically designed for the IRC (Internet Relay Chat) protocol.
It’s extendable through plugins
Key features include a modular and lightweight core with support for additional plugins, multi-protocol architecture, support for multiple languages, support for UTF-8 character encodings, support for multi-servers connections, as well as support for DCC (Direct Client-to-Client) chats and file transfers.
It’s fully compliant with several RFCs
It can be easily extended with the C, Tcl, Ruby, Scheme, Python, Lua or Perl programming languages, and fully compliant with RFCs 1459, 2810, 2811, 2812 and 2813. Complete and comprehensive documentation is available on the project’s website.
Has numerous other attractive features
Among other features, we can mention support for IPv6, SSL and proxy servers, a scripts manager, mouse support, 256 colors, FIFO pipe, built-in spell checker, in-place upgrades, customizable bars, vertical and horizontal split, colors for nicks and away nicks, custom CTCP replies, lag indicator, SASL authentication, anti-flood functionality, incremental text search, and dynamic filtering of lines.
It’s customizable and extensible through scripts
In WeeChat, everything can be done with the keyboard. It is customizable and extensible through scripts. The application comes with many GUI (Graphical User Interfaces) front-ends, available in GTK, Qt and Ncurses.
Supports a wide-range of platforms
This is a multi-platform program written from scratch in the C programming language and designed to support a wide-range of platforms, including GNU/Linux, BSD (FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD), GNU Hurd, Mac OS X and
Availability and supported architectures
On GNU/Linux, the WeeChat application can be downloaded as source archives, as well as binary packages for the Ubuntu Linux operating system, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. It can be easily installed on any Linux distribution from the default software repositories.