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IPChat is a simple and small ncurses-based chat program, written in C, where you find your contacts using their IP addresses or hostnames (so you can use it with dyn-dns things).

Even though it's meant to be a very lightweight program, it has nice features like colors, terminal window resizing, line editing and recalling of previously written lines.

It mantains a persistent contact list, and it works like an "instant messenger" program in the sense that when a contact connects, you immediatly see that she/he is connected (and she/he sees you).

You have a "window" for every connected contact (like ircII or BitchX windows). On the right of the terminal, you see a list of all contacts (connected or not). That's where you see which contacs are connected, which contacts said something while you're not in their windows, etc. You add contacts with the "/add" command. Other commands exist to modify and remove contacts.

Registration Date: Sat 29 Nov 2003 01:26:53 PM UTC
License: GNU General Public License v2 or later
Development Status: 4 - Beta


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IPChat 0.6
     posted by beatk, Sat 19 Dec 2020 06:32:31 PM UTC

IPChat has been updated to build on newer systems. Get it here:

IPChat 0.5
     posted by beatk, Fri 22 Apr 2011 09:41:21 AM UTC

Six years later... 0.5 is out! Better late than never! These days, unicode is all around, but IPChat didn't work well with unicode terminals. It does now. And text is transferred in UTF-8 encoding, whatever the user's terminal is. SSL/TLS can be used for encrypted connections. Donwload it from:

IPChat 0.4 (Sale con fritas!)
     posted by beatk, Sat 02 Apr 2005 04:43:02 PM UTC

I just uploaded release 0.4. Most new things have been made by contributors, so I want to thank all of them :-) Matías Aguirre made a cool hash-priority queue for timers. Gonzalo Saavedra wrote a manpage. And Angshuman Sarkar provided basic support for logging. Other changes include converting IPChat to use autoconf/automake, removing the limit of 12 contact windows, and small bugfixes. This is the link:

IPChat 0.3
     posted by beatk, Sun 14 Nov 2004 01:38:04 PM UTC

IPChat 0.3 is out. An important bug which made the program go crazy with some router configurations has been solved. A /set command for configuration options has been added. Time stamping and a /beep command have been implemented. And many small bugfixes, of course. Download this release from:

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