Recording IRC Chats in Linux with Irssi

Posted by jun auza On 8/28/2008
Though I use Pidgin (formerly called Gaim) as my primary Internet Relay Chat client, I also installed Irssi, a text-mode IRC client. Why? --Because I use it to easily record an IRC channel's chat activity. How? --Here's how to do it:

Install Irssi with this command (in Ubuntu):

sudo apt-get install irssi

After installation, you can now use Irssi by this command:


Then, you have to create a nickname to use, turn autolog on, connect to an IRC server, and finally, join a channel that you want to record. As an example, we will connect to '' and join 'ubuntu' channel with these commands:

/set nick junauza
/set autolog on
/join #ubuntu

Here's a screenshot of Irssi running:

The recording starts immediately after you have successfully joined a channel. You can quit irssi by /quit command, or by just closing the terminal.

The recorded chats can be found at /home/username/irclogs. Here's a peek at Ubuntu channel chat log:

Recording IRC chats using Irssi don't really require magic tricks because it is a built-in feature of Irssi. I know that other IRC clients are also capable of doing this, but Irssi simply works for me.
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