Irssix is a Free (GPL) irc client for Mac OS X. It is based on the fabulous unix irc client Irssi.


  • Speed! Is this the snappiest gui irc client for mac os x?
  • clickable links
  • regular expression line limiting
  • connect dialog box
  • accent support
  • color
  • perl scripting support
  • and most features from Irssi.


    There are many Irssix Screenshots.


    Some people asked me how to contribute to my efforts. Well, feel free to donate whatever you want.

    I will personally donate 5% of all money donated (after Paypal transaction fees) to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

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    The latest version of Irssix is Irssix 0.7.0. It requires Mac OS X 10.4.

    The last version of Irssix to support Mac OS X 10.3 was Irssix 0.6.


    You can download the latest version of the source from: (Note: you will need to compile this to run it).

    Here are some approximate build instructions:

  • Install darwinports.
  • sudo port install glib2
  • sudo port install pcre
  • Get the latest version of Irssi. I used 0.8.10a.
  • unpack irssi: tar xjvf irssi-0.8.10a.tar.bz2
  • cd irssi-0.8.10
  • ./configure --with-perl=yes --with-glib-prefix=/opt/local --without-textui (a user tells me you also need --disable-dependency-tracking on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard)
  • make
  • cd src
  • svn co fe-aqua
  • cd fe-aqua
  • open irssix.xcodeproj
  • click “Build and Go”

    Irssix now has cvsweb support. you can view the live svn repository. (old cvs repo)

    If you would like to do an anonymous svn checkout, do svn co

    Support and Credits

    You may be interested in the Contact Info of Andrew de los Reyes, the author of Irssix.

    Many thanks go to Rodolfo Gouveia who tracked down the source of the frequent crashing. Also, thanks to Markus Ziegler, who for some reason will happily install irssix and tell me if it works.