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Irssi(1) General Commands Manual Irssi(1)


Irssi - a modular IRC client for UNIX


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
connect to SERVER
use PASSWORD for authentication.
automatically connect to PORT on server.
-!, --noconnect
disable autoconnecting of servers
specify NICKNAME as your nick
use HOSTNAME for your irc session
display the version of Irssi
-?, --help
show a help message


Irssi has a solid amount of documentation available; check /HELP or look online at


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