Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client, meaning that one (or multiple) client(s) can attach to and detach from a central core -- much like the popular combination of screen and a text-based IRC client such as WeeChat, but graphical. In addition to this unique feature, we aim to bring a pleasurable, comfortable chatting experience to all major platforms (including Linux®, Windows®, and MacOS X® as well as Android smartphones), making communication with your peers not only convenient, but also ubiquitous available.
And the best of all: It's free - as in beer and as in speech, since we distribute Quassel under the GPL, and you are welcome to download and see for yourself!


Nightly Snapshots

We now provide nightly source tarballs, as well as a statically linked core for Linux, MacOSX client binaries and Windows binaries. Please be aware of the fact that these binaries are generated automatically from current SVN HEAD, which means they might be in an untested and/or non-working state. We do not recommend using them until you know what you're doing, but since people kept asking for them, well, here they are :)

Please note that we still tweak and break the core/client protocol on a regular basis. This means that your client sometimes will require a certain core revision and the other way round. For example, the current nightly clients do not run with alpha4 cores. Both client and core will warn in this case, but you should be aware of that fact anyway (especially since downgrades of config files or the database are usually not possible, so using a client or core that is "too new" might require you to upgrade the other component as well! You'll find even more disclaimers on the download page.

Static alpha3 core for Linux

Many people don't have Qt installed on their servers (even though the needed parts can be installed without X11), which makes using Quassel quite cumbersome. I have been looking into providing a static core (i.e. one that does not have external dependencies like Qt) for a while now, but on Linux, this is surprisingly hard. Anyway, on the download page you'll now find an experimental core to try out even on servers without Qt.

quassel-0.2.0-alpha3 has landed!

We are pleased to announce the immediate release of alpha3! This release contains many performance improvements, especially during core sync and backlog replay. Furthermore, buffer switches should now be much faster. Also, the sync-to-core process now is not only faster, but also much more reliable than in alpha2, where sometimes not all channels were synced.
As a bonus feature, you'll get an all new topic widget that displays mIRC-style formatting, and various other GUI tweaks.

Please note that we have broken both the client/core protocol and the database schema with this release. This means you cannot connect with an older client to an alpha3 core or vice versa. The database schema will be automatically upgraded once you run your shiny new core for the first time. Please note that after this upgrade, you will no longer be able to run a pre-alpha3 core with your database! As always, backups are recommended :)

So get it while it's hot! Updated distro packages and precompiled binaries will soon be available on the download page.

CeBIT Day One

Hi there,

blogging live from CeBIT, Hanover, Germant, Worls'd largest IT fair :) This time I am not promoting Quassel, but I am part of the Amarok Promo Team. Be sure to check out the bestest music player in the world! Still using Quassel though :) While part of the KDE and Amarok people here chose to find some restaurant and eat, sven423 and me decided to enjoy the free booth parties :) Since we have only a few more minutes until security kicks us out for good, just a few notes:

alpha2 has been released!

A few days later than planned, we have released quassel-0.2.0-alpha2! We used the extra days to iron out some annoying bugs, such as the crash on first run some users experienced, and made the sync-to-core process much faster.

More features include:

  • Sane first-run layout of dockwidgets
  • Various UI enhancements
  • Buffer switching via mousewheel (thanks Ian "eean" Monroe for the patch!)
  • Redirection of notices and server messages to the status buffer or the current buffer

alpha2 soon to come

It's always amazing how easily one can be destracted from learning...
Despite having an exam next tuesday I've spent most of this day on fixing bugs and tweaking things for -alpha2. Sput's already fixed one of the major bugs: the client crash during first run network setup. So what to expect from -alpha2? Actually not much more than from -alpha1. :) Find a list of the fixes and features after the jump.

Universal Binary Build available now for Mac OS X

I just switched to universal binaries, so the Mac Client will be able to run on PPC Macs as well as on the new intel ones. Get it in the "Get Quassel!" section or right here.

Currently there is only the Client build. If you're interessted in precompiled Mac builds for the Quassel Core or the Monolithic Quassel, then please let me know.

Quassel IRC is released!

It is finally here - quassel-0.2.0-alpha1, Quassel's long-awaited first public release! This is still an alpha version, so it still has some quirks, and it still lacks some features that may or may not be important for you. That said, we (the devs) have been using it as our main client for weeks now, and we are fairly happy with it, so it can't hurt to give it a try!

Only this release sets your computer on fire, eats your dog and is probably highly addictive.

Quassel On The Road!

I’m going to FOSDEM, the Free and Open Source Software Developers’ European Meeting

Yep, I'll be there, probably partying with the Gentoo or Amarok people. We also plan to finally release Quassel to the public on FOSDEM. So if you like to learn more about Quassel or even see it in action, FOSDEM is your chance :)

Preparing for the the Beer Event,
~ Sputnick

Home Stretch

Well, EgS speaking of 50 commits in January until the 17th. Turned out to be 125 commits until the end of the month, and another 55 commits in the eight days of February already... development speed is increasing, and we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel (and it's not a train coming at us). We are fighting some stability issues and we still need to fix a couple of things, but we are now very confident that we can release Quassel within the month!

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