|Original author(s)||Sébastien Helleu|
|Initial release||June 26, 2003|
|Stable release||0.4.1 / May 20, 2013|
|Preview release||0.4.2-dev / nightly build|
|Operating system||BeOS/Haiku, Linux, OS X/Darwin, Unix-like, Windows|
|License||GNU General Public License 3|
WeeChat (Wee Enhanced Environment for Chat) is a console IRC 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. GTK+ and Qt interfaces are planned for the future.
Everything can be done with a keyboard. It is customizable and extensible with plugins and scripts.
WeeChat supports IPv6, SSL and proxy connections to as many IRC servers as one wants. The screen can be split up to display multiple windows at the same time. WeeChat also provides incremental text search in buffers, aspell support for spell checking, a smart hotlist, scripting support for many languages (Perl, Python, Ruby, Lua, Tcl, Scheme with GNU Guile), FIFO pipes for remote control and support for multiple charsets. At first run, a default config file is created, simplifying use, and a configuration editor command is available. User-defined command aliases and single-key shortcuts can be created to reduce typing of long commands.
WeeChat supports a wide variety of platforms and operating systems, including Linux, BSD derivatives (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD), Mac OS X, Debian GNU/Hurd / Debian GNU/kFreeBSD, HP-UX, Solaris, QNX, Haiku (was OpenBeOS), and Microsoft Windows (via the Cygwin library and API).
Ready-to-use packages and builds of WeeChat are available for a variety of platforms and operating systems. It is also packaged for many Linux distributions, including Debian,Ubuntu,Mandriva Linux,Fedora,Gentoo, and Arch Linux. WeeChat is also available to FreeBSD users via the FreeBSD Ports system.
In a 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.
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