Does any IRC client exist for Ubuntu which displays media inline (perhaps via plugin)?

A few IRC clients for Mac OS X (e.g. Textual and LimeChat) support inline media and will auto-embed linked images: if someone posts a URL to the channel, the IRC client displays it inline if it is able to be embedded, like a .jpg or .png image. However, I cannot find a client for Ubuntu with this feature.

The closest I can find is Quassel, which can display a URL preview on mouse hover, but that's not the feature I'm requesting and the webkit support for this preview is not enabled in the Ubuntu packaged build on 12.04.

To illustrate: without the feature, you get just text:

<rduplain> | askubuntu.com
<bot     > | https://i.sstatic.net/PTVCH.png
<rduplain> | good luck

With the feature, the chat view is expanded and the image is inserted:

<rduplain> | askubuntu.com
<bot     > | https://i.sstatic.net/IPbDF.png


<rduplain> | good luck
  • Quassel is the closest I know of. Perhaps someone will have better advice. Also, you may wish to add a screenshot of what you want.
    – Panther
    Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 21:05
  • The smuxi feature request is here. I think my markdown mockup illustrates this, instead of a screenshot.
    – rduplain
    Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 21:10

2 Answers 2


The Lounge will let you do that through its link prefetching mechanism. For the record, link previews currently look like this: Link prefetching of The Lounge

This screenshot is part of the whole app, which looks like this:enter image description here

FYI, the author from Subway (mentioned in the other answer) now recommends to use The Lounge.


Pidgin supports IRC as well as a number of different protocols.

This patch for this plugin seems to be what you are looking for:

enter image description here

The screenshots are from different protocols, but it should work with IRC too. I haven't tried it since I don't use Pidgin and it requires some dependencies I also don't have.

Another suggestion is Subway, a web-based IRC. I don't use it either, but it seems to run on Ubuntu:

enter image description here

  • Pidgin is an interesting idea, but I prefer a client which has the notion of an IRC main content view with room selection. Subway is an interesting project but is too beta for my taste.
    – rduplain
    Commented Apr 19, 2013 at 22:03

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