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Circe is a Client for IRC in Emacs. It was created to provide a more simple alternative to ERC that's more featureful than Rcirc.

Features include:

  • Per-query and per-channel buffers
  • Auto-query buffers/windows (even on /MSG)
  • Nick-highlighting
  • An extensible ignore
  • Automatic splitting at word boundaries of long lines to be sent
  • Flood protection
  • Per-server (not per-channel) separate encoding and decoding coding systems; an Emacs feature even allows the client to transparently work with multiple encodings, such as when both Latin-1 and UTF-8 are used on a channel
  • Auto-join
  • NickServ-support
  • Netsplit handling


Documentation at

N.B. The best way for installing the stable version is using MELPA, an alternative package archive for emacs. See instructions online.

"IRC irc:// " IRC general channel

Extension or Plugin

This package can be used as an extension, plugin, or add-on to:


LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv3orlaterGenium26 February 2016

Leaders and contributors

Jorgen Schäfer Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Developer VCS Repository Webview
User Bug Tracking
Wiki Homepage
MELPA Homepage

Software prerequisites

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 26 February 2016.


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