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IRC client for Emacs

ERC is a powerful, modular, and extensible IRC client for Emacs. It is distributed with the latest release of Emacs.

It supports multiple channels and multiple servers, private message separation, highlighting, notification, channel tracking, nick completion, history, multiple languages, user scripting and auto reconnect.

This package is no longer developed as a separate project, but is maintained as part of GNU Emacs.


Documentation available online.

More information at

"IRC [] " IRC general channel

Heckert gnu.small.png This is a GNU package:erc


Download version 5.3 (stable)
released on 26 January 2008


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Extension or Plugin

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


LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv3genium13 September 2015

Leaders and contributors

Michael Olson Maintainer
Diane Murray Contributor
Edward O'Connor Contributor
Jeremy Maitin-Shepard Contributor
Johan Bockgård Contributor

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
HistoryVCS Repository Webview
DeveloperVCS Repository Webview
Bug reports, feature requests, and

Software prerequisites

Required to useEmacs

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 13 September 2015.


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