When comparing LimeChat vs IRSSI, the Slant community recommends LimeChat for most people. In the question“What are the best IRC clients for Mac?” LimeChat is ranked 2nd while IRSSI is ranked 5th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Free and Open Source
Pro Console-like interface
LimeChat has a nostalgic console feel that is still very functional. It features multiple themes including a three column layout.
Pro Includes many useful features
LimeChat includes many features that any IRC user would need such as:
- The ability to Connect to multiple servers and rooms
- Auto join rooms on startup
- File Sending
- Native Notification Center support
- SSL authorization
Pro Fast and lightweight
Pro Native support for the Notification Center
Pro Full range of keyboard shortcuts
Limechat has a fully featured shortcut list that makes navigating the program quick and easy.
Screen multiplexing and remote connection options with screen or tmux.
Pro Free and open-source
Allows the modification of IRSSI's look and feel.
Pro Perl scripting
Allows the user to create and use perl scripts to perform actions.
Pro Command line outputs can be sent to a channel or message
/exec -o figlet "Slant.co"
Pro Quick and easy setup
3 or 4 commands and you're ready to chat with all your old friends.
Pro Easy logging
Pro Persistent connection
Pro Has a plugin for encrypted communications
Con No way to search chat logs within LimeChat
Chat logs are not viewable within the app. You must find the file in the directory and open it with a text editor.
Con No GUI
Actually a plus for some, lower memory overhead.
Con Gives little direction upfront
Actually, Irssi.org has it's own GREAT documentation for new irssi users. Inline /help options are pretty well documented.