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Quassel

Introduction

Quassel is a program to connect to an IRC network. It has the unique ability to split the graphical component (quasselclient) from the core which handles the IRC connection (quasselcore). This means that you can have a core permanently connected to one or more IRC networks and attach a client from wherever you are without moving around any information or settings. However, Quassel can easily behave like any other client, which is referred to as "Quassel Mono".

Quassel's distributed approach:

Getting started

Setting up Quassel is fairly easy and straightforward. Since we have a separated core and client, we will configure them in two steps. If you are using the Quassel Mono version, then you can skip the core part as this is done internally.

Installation

The best and most reliable way is to simply install the packages provided by your distribution. However, we do offer some static binaries at http://quassel-irc.org/downloads along with Git instructions for those who prefer to compile Quassel themselves.

Connecting to the core

If you wish to setup the core with SSL support, you must have Qt SSL support and a core compiled with the "-DWITH_OPENSSL=ON" cmake option. Generate a key with the following command on the server running the core:

openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 365 -newkey rsa:1024 -keyout ~/.quassel/quasselCert.pem -out ~/.quassel/quasselCert.pem

Note that the "~/.quassel/" directory may differ if the --datadir option was specified for quasselcore.

Now start the core and launch quasselclient on your local machine. A connection dialog will show up. Enter the IP address or hostname of the server running the core, enter the port number used by the core and select SSL if applicable. You can also specify a proxy but note that domain names will still be resolved locally (see Qt4.4).

During the first connection, you will be guided through a graphical wizard to configure the core properly. Enter a username and password, this will be the administrator. Next, select a database backend (for now this is SQLite only). Click finish and your core is ready!

A configuration screen for adding new users and managing existing ones is not available is being developed, but for the time being you can use a simple python script.

IRC Configuration

Now you have to specify which network(s) Quassel should connect to. First you will have to create an identity.

Set a real name (which doesn't actually have to be real) and add the nicknames you want to use. If the first nickname is not available, the second one (if specified) will be used instead. Change the other settings if you like, this is optional however.

After creating an identity, you have to define the IRC network(s).

Make sure you select the identity you just created (which should be the default). Click OK and you're done!

Howto's

Known issues

  • There is no support for DCC chat and file transfers yet.
  • The core does support multiple users but for now this can only be configured with a script.
  • See Issues for specific bugs and feature requests.