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irssi - Man Page

a modular IRC client for UNIX

Examples (TL;DR)


irssi [--config=PATH] [--home=PATH] [-dv!?] [-c server] [-p port] [-n nickname] [-w password] [-h hostname]


Irssi is a modular Internet Relay Chat client; it is highly extensible and very secure. Being a fullscreen, termcap based client with many features, Irssi is easily extensible through scripts and modules.



use FILE instead of ~/.irssi/config


PATH specifies the home directory of Irssi; default is ~/.irssi

-c,  --connect=SERVER

connect to SERVER

-w,  --password=PASSWORD

use PASSWORD for authentication.

-p,  --port=PORT

automatically connect to PORT on server.

-!,  --noconnect

disable autoconnecting of servers

-n,  --nick=NICKNAME

specify NICKNAME as your nick

-h,  --hostname=HOSTNAME

use HOSTNAME for your irc session

-v,  --version

display the version of Irssi

-?,  --help

show a help message

See Also

Irssi has a solid amount of documentation available; check /HELP or look online at https://irssi.org



personal configuration file


automatic save of the personal config file when it was changed externally


default irssi theme


logged messages in away status


default scripts directory


directory containing links to scripts that should be loaded automatically on startup


file containing a list of commands to execute on startup


Irssi was written by Timo Sirainen; this manpage was written by Istvan Sebestyen, Stefan Tomanek, Geert Hauwaerts.


June 2015 Irssi IRC client