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CGI:IRC is a Perl/CGI program that allows you to use IRC from a Web browser without having to have access to an IRC port. It does not use Java, but it does need a browser capable of rendering frames. It can be used on a Web page to allow users to chat, or it can be used to access chat from behind a firewall. CGI:IRC has an interface similar to many GUI IRC clients, with a tab for each channel, userlist and options tab (when used in modern, version 5+ browsers). Older browsers degrade to a single windowed interface with a slower updating userlist.


User guide available in HTML format from

"IRC irc:// " IRC Help channel
"IRC irc:// " IRC development channel


Download version 0.5.6 (stable)
released on 11 February 2005

VCS Checkout

co cgiirc



LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey29 October 2003

Leaders and contributors

David Leadbeater Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Developer VCS Repository Webview
Bug Tracking VCS Repository Webview
Help Mailing List Info/Archive
Bug Tracking,Developer,Support Mailing List Info/Archive

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use Ability to run CGI scripts with Perl 5.004 or later

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 11 February 2005.


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