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:author: Sébastien Helleu ✉️ [email protected] :lang: en


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WeeChat (Wee Enhanced Environment for Chat) is a free chat client, fast and light, designed for many operating systems. It is highly customizable and extensible with scripts.


== Features


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On WeeChat's website you can find[more screenshots].

== Install

=== Dependencies

Following packages are required:

  • CMake
  • libncurses
  • libcurl
  • zlib
  • libgcrypt

Following packages are optional:

  • for i18n: gettext
  • for SSL: gnutls, ca-certificates
  • for spell checking: aspell or enchant
  • for scripting: python, perl, ruby, lua, tcl, guile, libv8 (javascript), php
  • for building doc and man page: asciidoctor
  • for building tests: C++ compiler, CppUTest

For a complete list of dependencies and versions recommended, please look at[user's guide].

=== Compile

WeeChat can be built with[CMake] (recommended) or autotools.

[NOTE] Only CMake is officially supported to build WeeChat. You should only use autotools if you are not able to use CMake. + Building with autotools requires more dependencies and is slower than with CMake.

  • Installation in system directories (requires root privileges):

$ mkdir build $ cd build $ cmake .. $ make $ sudo make install

  • Installation in custom directory (for example your home):

$ mkdir build $ cd build $ cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/path/to/directory $ make $ make install

For more information or installation with autotools, please look at[user's guide].

=== Run tests

Following packages are required to compile tests:

  • libcpputest-dev
  • C++ compiler

Tests must be enabled when compiling WeeChat:

$ cmake .. -DENABLE_TESTS=ON

They can be launched after compilation from the build directory:

$ ctest -V

== Copyright

Copyright (C) 2003-2021 Sébastien Helleu [email protected]

This file is part of WeeChat, the extensible chat client.

WeeChat is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

WeeChat is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with WeeChat. If not, see

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