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I am looking for a IRC client for the terminal that has colors, user list and just generally looks awesome ;) Any recommendations? There are loads of IRC clients in the repositories and I don't want to download them all to find the best one.

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Should be a community wiki. –  txwikinger Aug 3 '10 at 22:46
this question is way too subjective. as txwikinger said: a community wiki with a list of IRC clients (screenshots, features, pros/cons) would make more sense –  Tedil Aug 4 '10 at 19:20
Right, but what if you run it inside screen? I haven't been able to make irssi to have a nicklist. Also, what about multi-tab? –  Javier Feb 4 at 12:39
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IRSSI - The client of the future http://www.irssi.org/

sudo apt-get install irssi

Say no more

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I use irssi myself and I definitely agree abut it being a great IRC client. Yet, I wonder what makes it the "coolest looking" one? –  andol Aug 4 '10 at 5:22
It has a variety of [irssi.org/themes themes] to be used with. But the greatest strength is the amount of [scripts.irssi.org plugins] that can help you tweak it's look and behavior. –  tutuca Aug 4 '10 at 12:32
irssi + revolutionary theme (irssi.org/themefiles/revolutionary.theme) = :D –  Alvin Row Aug 4 '10 at 22:45
I have tried irssi but it's not clean. Whenever I do "/network remove NETWORK", all of the necessary text in the config that needs to be removed still remains. Messy config = not good –  user2814 Oct 14 '10 at 8:56
pic of the revolutionary.theme irssi.org/themefiles/revolutionary.png –  Suhaib Nov 19 '12 at 21:06
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I would prefer weechat. Apart from having colors and looking awesome it is very customizable.

screenshot weechat

A very small IRC client is ii, but has no colors out of the box. It is good for using in shell scripts etc.

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Always used Epic with the SplitFire script myself.

From their site:

EPIC's development model is to provide tools to scripters rather than features to end users. Out of the box, EPIC behaves much the same way ircII-2.8.2 did in 1994. To truly leverage EPIC, you will need a script pack.

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Quassel is a really good client in this way. In addition, it can be split in core and client and hence allow multiple computers all connected with the same user name.

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