KISS for IRC, a tiny IRC client written in POSIX C99.

Packaging status


“Do one thing and do it well” — Emphasis was placed on building simple, short, clear, modular, and extensible code that can be easily maintained and repurposed (per the Unix philosophy).

PortabilityPOSIX compliance ensures seamless compatibility and interoperability between variants of Unix and other operating systems.

Usability — Commands and shortcuts should feel “natural” when using a standard 104-key US keyboard layout. Where possible, the number of keystrokes have been minimized.


usage: kirc [-s hostname] [-p port] [-c channel] [-n nick] [-r real name] [-u username] [-k password] [-x init command] [-w columns] [-W columns] [-o path] [-h|v|V]
-s     server address (default: 'irc.freenode.org')
-p     server port (default: '6667')
-c     channel name (default: '#kisslinux')
-n     nickname (required)
-u     server username (optional)
-k     server password (optional)
-r     real name (optional)
-v     version information
-V     verbose output (e.g. raw stream)
-o     output path to log irc stream
-x     send command to irc server after inital connection
-w     maximum width of the printed left column (default: '10')
-W     maximum width of the entire printed stream (default '80')
-h     basic usage information


  • No dependencies other than a C99 compiler.
  • Complies with RFC 2812 standard.
  • Ability to log the entire chat history (see Usage section for more information).
  • vi-like command shortcuts:
<message>                   Send a message to the current channel.
/m <nick|channel> <message> Send a message to a specified channel or nick.
/M <message>                Send a message to NickServ.
/Q <message>                Send a message and close the host connection.
/x <message>                Send a message directly to the server.
/j <channel>                Join a specified channel.
/p <channel>                Leave (part) a specified channel.
/n                          List all users on the current channel.
/q                          Close the host connection.
  • Color scheme definition via ANSI 8-bit colors. Therefore, one could theoretically achieve uniform color definition across all shell applications and tools.


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Building and installing on KISS Linux using the Community repository:

Building and installing on Arch and Arch-based distros using the AUR:

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/kirc-git.git
cd kirc
makepkg -si

Building and installing from source (works on Rasbian, Debian, Ubuntu and many other Unix distributions):

git clone https://github.com/mcpcpc/kirc.git
cd kirc
make install