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This is a fork of

ii is a minimalistic FIFO and filesystem based IRC client. It creates an irc directory tree with server, channel and nick name directories. In every directory a FIFO file (in) and normal file (out) is placed.

The in file is used to communicate with the servers and the out files include the server messages. For every channel and every nick name there will be new in and out files.

The basic idea of this is to be able to communicate with an IRC server with standard command line tools. For example if you want to join a channel just do echo “/j #channel” > in and ii creates a new channel directory with in and out file.


Edit to match your local setup. ii is installed into /usr/local by default.

Afterwards enter the following command to build and install ii (if necessary as root):

$ make clean install

Running ii

Simply invoke the ‘ii’ command with required arguments

To make ii a bit more comfortable use it in combination with the multitail program and for example with vim. Run vim in the server directory and use key mapping like: map w1 :.w >> #ii/in map w2 :.w >> #wmii/in to post to channels.

If you use the next editor line for a new posting you can use ctrl-p for nick completion if you wrote the nick in the past. Thanks to Matthias Kopfermann for this hint.

You can find an example of how this nested environment could look like on:


No configuration is needed.


Since I missed the chance to add a proper changelog right from the beginning, please have a look at the commit messages on they are fairly descriptive on releases prior to 1.2.