Tuesday, July 2 2019
By Sébastien Helleu on Tuesday, July 2 2019, 07:48
As scheduled in the Python 3 transition page, since July 1st 2019, the "python" plugin is now compiled with Python 3 by default.
- If Python 3 is found, the "python" plugin is compiled with Python 3.
- If Python 3 is not found, the "python" plugin is not built at all (even if Python 2 is installed).
The CMake option "ENABLE_PYTHON3" has been renamed to "ENABLE_PYTHON2" (configure option "--enable-python2"). If this option is enabled, the "python" plugin is built with Python 2 (if found), with a fallback on Python 3.
The development packages for Debian and Ubuntu are now compiled with Python 3 (it should be available soon for Raspbian). The future stable versions (≥ 2.6) will be compiled with Python 3 as well.
Monday, June 26 2017
By Sébastien Helleu on Monday, June 26 2017, 08:15
A new plugin called "fset" (Fast Set) has been added: a built-in and highly customizable replacement for the script iset.pl, with tons of new features!
It has the same features as iset.pl:
- list options in a dedicated buffer
- filter options by file, section, name, value or changed options
- all colors can be customized
- bar with help on currently selected option
- different color for values changed
- display of inherited values
- keys and input to toggle, add/sub, set, reset and unset options
- mouse actions on buffer.
And it comes with many new features:
- flexible format using evaluated expression and automatic size for columns
- options can be displayed on multiple lines
- integrated with /set command, using conditions (option fset.look.conditioncatchset)
- advanced filtering: by type, by changed value (filter on name or value), and using an evaluated condition
- sort of options (fset.look.sort)
- append to value
- mark of options, group actions
- export of options in a file.
Screenshot (click for full size):
Monday, August 24 2015
By Sébastien Helleu on Monday, August 24 2015, 16:53
Hex dump of IRC messages can now be displayed in raw buffer, this can be useful to debug problems with charsets or some special chars.
It is displayed if debug is set with a level >= 2 for the irc plugin, for example:
/debug set irc 2.
Screenshot (click for full size):
Saturday, March 14 2015
By Sébastien Helleu on Saturday, March 14 2015, 10:40
This plugin uses Google's v8 engine.
To load/unload JS scripts, you can use the
An example of script is available here: https://weechat.org/files/temp/scripts/example.js.
Sunday, February 8 2015
By Sébastien Helleu on Sunday, February 8 2015, 20:19
The support of a new SASL mechanism called "ecdsa-nist256p-challenge" has been added three weeks ago.
This new mechanism uses a challenge with public/private key, so no password is required to connect.
Instructions to configure and use this mechanism are in user's guide: https://weechat.org/doc/devel/user/en/#irc_sasl_authentication.
- GnuTLS ≥ 3.0.21 is required.
- This mechanism can only be used on servers supporting it (for example servers using atheme, like freenode).
Saturday, March 15 2014
By Sébastien Helleu on Saturday, March 15 2014, 19:55
A new plugin called "exec" has been added, with command
/exec can execute external commands and display output in WeeChat.
It is similar to
/shell (script shell.py), with major improvements:
- run many commands at once,
- send signals to commands,
- send data on stdin of a command,
- line numbers in output,
- ANSI color support,
- command timeout.
Other features coming soon: pipe output to WeeChat command or hsignal (to use in a trigger).
Monday, February 10 2014
By Sébastien Helleu on Monday, February 10 2014, 10:15
A new plugin called "trigger" has been added.
This plugin can hook many things:
When the callback is called, trigger can:
- check some conditions (to execute the trigger or not), which are evaluated (see
- replace some text using regular expression(s)
- execute command(s)
- have a custom return code.
Example of things you can do with trigger:
- notification, for example beep on highlight/private message (it can replace script beep.pl or other scripts)
- hide passwords in commands/messages (it will replace rmodifier plugin)
- change content of messages displayed
- change things displayed (nicklist, ...) when terminal becomes small
- regularly save config files (with a timer)
Help is available with
Some examples of triggers can be found on GitHub WeeChat wiki.
Thursday, January 9 2014
By Sébastien Helleu on Thursday, January 9 2014, 13:08
CRC32 and IPv6 are now supported in xfer plugin!
For CRC32, a new option has been added:
- xfer.file.auto_check_crc32 (boolean, off by default): when enabled, if the filename has a CRC32 (8 hexadecimal chars with delimiters around), the CRC32 of file content is checked and the result is displayed in xfer buffer (with error in core buffer if the CRC32 is wrong).
For IPv6, everything is automatic; it works for DCC file and chat.
Note for C plugin developers: the function "weechat_network_connect_to" has been modified to be used with IPv6. See the plugin API reference for more info.
A big thanks to Andrew Potter for the patches!
Sunday, February 17 2013
By Sébastien Helleu on Sunday, February 17 2013, 13:29
A new option has been added for the IRC smart filter:
irc.look.smart_filter_join_unmask, with default value
30 (in minutes).
IRC plugin will automatically unmask a filtered join of a nick, if he spoke within N minutes after the join (N being the value of new option
irc.look.smart_filter_join_unmask). Moreover, nick changes are tracked, and will be unmasked with the join.
Events triggering the unmask of join are: a message (can be CTCP), a notice or an update of topic.
Sunday, February 10 2013
By Sébastien Helleu on Sunday, February 10 2013, 20:22
Websocket has been added in relay plugin, for IRC and WeeChat protocols.
It is an experimental and partial implementation of RFC 6455: fragmentation and control frames are not yet supported.
The relay plugin automatically detects WebSocket handshake and if everything is OK (origin allowed and required headers received), an answer to handshake is sent and then socket is ready to send/receive WebSocket frames.
Text and binary data are supported, so IRC (text/text) and WeeChat (text/binary) protocols are supported.
Screenshot (click for full size):
Tuesday, February 5 2013
By Sébastien Helleu on Tuesday, February 5 2013, 19:05
A test script called
testproto.py has been added in QWeeChat to test the relay protocol with WeeChat. This script runs in terminal and does not require Qt.
Script is located in path src/qweechat/weechat/testproto.py of QWeeChat repository.
Screenshot (click for full size):
Monday, December 24 2012
By Sébastien Helleu on Monday, December 24 2012, 17:51
Backlog has been added for irc protocol in relay plugin.
The relay plugin now supports server capability "server-time", to include the messages time as tag (not in the message itself).
5 new options have been added:
Enjoy, and merry Christmas!
Tuesday, November 27 2012
By Sébastien Helleu on Tuesday, November 27 2012, 22:51
Tags in IRC messages are now supported (in development version, planned for version 0.4.0), following this specification: http://ircv3.atheme.org/specification/message-tags-3.2.
The tag "time" is now read and is used to set the time for the message displayed.
The "znc" IRC bouncer is using this tag with the capability "znc.in/server-time-iso" (name should change in the next release). For example if you are using a server called "znc" in WeeChat, you can do:
/set irc.server.znc.capabilities "znc.in/server-time-iso"
Note: with znc 1.0, the server capability was "znc.in/server-time". With znc git > 1.0, the capability is "znc.in/server-time-iso".
Some info about capability "server-time": https://github.com/atheme/ircv3-specifications/blob/master/extensions/server-time-3.2.
Tuesday, August 14 2012
By Sébastien Helleu on Tuesday, August 14 2012, 18:37
A new scripts manager has been added, the plugin is called "script" and provides the
This plugin will replace two scripts: weeget.py (the current scripts manager) and script.pl (providing a
/script command to load/unload/reload scripts for any language).
/script command is similar to command
/weeget with some minor differences (see
/help script for more info).
The plugin provides a buffer with list of scripts in repository, which makes installation or removal of scripts very fast: just press alt+i on this buffer, and the script is installed! Not satisfied with the script? Key alt+r and the script is gone!
The buffer allows you to search string in scripts (description, tags, ...) and to sort scripts with many keys. Columns displayed can be fully customized (order, columns displayed), as well as colors.
For list of options, just do:
List of scripts (click for full size):
Detail of a script (click for full size):
Friday, July 27 2012
By Sébastien Helleu on Friday, July 27 2012, 18:11
SSL support has been added in Relay plugin, for irc and weechat protocols.
A new option has been added to set the certificate and private key to use:
- relay.network.ssl_cert_key: path to file with certificate and private key (default: ~/.weechat/ssl/relay.pem)
The file can be created with following commands:
$ mkdir -p ~/.weechat/ssl
$ cd ~/.weechat/ssl
$ openssl req -nodes -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout relay.pem -x509 -days 365 -out relay.pem
In WeeChat :
And add relays with SSL, for example:
/relay add ssl.irc.freenode 8001
/relay add ssl.weechat 9001
And now WeeChat will serve clients on these ports using SSL, enjoy!
Tuesday, January 3 2012
By Sébastien Helleu on Tuesday, January 3 2012, 21:38
WeeChat can now compile with Python 3.x (successfully tested with Python 3.1 and 3.2).
This is still experimental and recommended Python for WeeChat remains version 2.7.
Some scripts (including weeget.py) have been updated for Python 3.x, they have tag "py3k-ok" on the scripts page: https://weechat.org/scripts/stable/tag/py3k-ok/
Python versions supported by WeeChat:
- 2.5: many scripts require at least 2.6 - NOT recommended
- 2.6: all scripts should work fine
- 2.7: recommended version (all scripts are guaranteed to work with this version)
- 3.x: experimental, should be used only for tests
Note that "python" plugin in WeeChat can support only one version, so it can be a 2.x or 3.x, not both at same time.
Update on 2019-07-01: Python 3 is now compiled by default and therefore the recommended version, see the post: Python 3 by default.
Thursday, October 27 2011
By Sébastien Helleu on Thursday, October 27 2011, 07:52
A new plugin called "guile" has been added to WeeChat. You can now load and execute Scheme scripts in WeeChat!
WeeChat now supports Python, Perl, Ruby, Lua, Tcl and Guile!
To load/unload scheme scripts, command is
/guile with same syntax as other script languages:
/guile load /path/to/example.scm
/guile reload example
/guile unload example
An example of script:
(weechat:register "example" "FlashCode" "0.1" "GPL3" "Scheme script" "" "")
(weechat:print "" "Hey, I'm a scheme script for WeeChat!")
Friday, April 15 2011
By Sébastien Helleu on Friday, April 15 2011, 20:00
An "option" section has been added to aspell.conf file, to set options for aspell speller.
A commonly used option is "ignore-case" to ignore case in speller. To enable it, just do:
/set aspell.option.ignore-case "true"
For a list of aspell options, do in your shell:
Monday, November 8 2010
By Sébastien Helleu on Monday, November 8 2010, 20:00
It is now possible to redirect IRC commands to a callback, in plugins/scripts.
First you have to add a hsignal with callback, to receive command output. Then, add redirection by sending a hsignal, and send your command to IRC server. It will automatically use your redirection.
Each redirection uses a pattern, which defines start/stop/extra commands.
Default patterns are: ison, list, mode_channel, mode_channel_ban, mode_channel_ban_exception, mode_channel_invite, mode_user, names, ping, time, topic, userhost, who, whois, whowas.
You can create your own pattern with signal "irc_redirect_pattern".
Examples of redirection and pattern creation are available in WeeChat devel doc.
Wednesday, October 6 2010
By Sébastien Helleu on Wednesday, October 6 2010, 08:00
A new plugin called "rmodifier" (for "Regex modifier") has been added.
It's designed to change some strings using regex, for example to hide passwords in commands (input displayed on screen) or in history.
By default, password in following commands are hidden by this plugin:
/msg nickserv identify ****** (input and history)
/msg nickserv ghost ****** (input and history)
/oper nick ****** (input and history)
/set file.section.password ****** (history only)
Of course you can add your own regex, just look at
Update on 2014-08-15: the plugin rmodifier has been replaced by trigger, introduced in version 1.0.
Monday, March 22 2010
By Sébastien Helleu on Monday, March 22 2010, 22:45
It is now possible to have custom completion for aliases, for example to complete with another command completion, or with your own completion.
- create alias /forcejoin with completion of /sajoin:
/alias -completion %%sajoin forcejoin /quote forcejoin
- create alias /mybuf with custom completion:
/alias -completion #weechat|#weechat-fr mybuf /buffer
You can change completion if alias is already created:
/set alias.completion.forcejoin "%%sajoin"
You can use empty string to prevent any completion for command (default is to complete using target command):
/set alias.completion.forcejoin ""
And you can remove a completion:
Completion is automatically removed when you remove an alias with
Friday, February 19 2010
By Sébastien Helleu on Friday, February 19 2010, 17:54
It is now possible to use SASL authentication with IRC server, using two mechanisms: "plain" (default) or "dh-blowfish" (crypted password).
New options have been added to servers:
- sasl_mechanism: mechanism to use ("plain" or "dh-blowfish")
- sasl_timeout: timeout (in seconds) for authentication
- sasl_username: username
- sasl_password: password
You just have to setup username (your nick) and password (password of nick) and then connect to server, you'll be identified with SASL if all is ok.
If you want to set "dh-blowfish" by default for all servers:
/set irc.server_default.sasl_mechanism dh-blowfish
Monday, February 1 2010
By Sébastien Helleu on Monday, February 1 2010, 20:00
It is now possible to use date formaters in log filenames (in mask options).
For example to have log by year and month in separate directories, you can do :
/set logger.file.mask "%Y/%m/$plugin.$name.weechatlog"
You'll have a tree like that:
Sunday, January 17 2010
By Sébastien Helleu on Sunday, January 17 2010, 17:06
A new IRC output queue has been added in irc plugin, with high priority. There are now two queues for messages sent to IRC server:
- queue for user messages or commands, with high priority
- queue for other messages, with low priority.
Low priority queue is used to send automatic messages, like replies to CTCP messages. So if you are spamed with CTCP messages, WeeChat will first send your messages (queue with high priority), and then CTCP replies (queue with low priority).
Accordingly, anti-flood option has been split into two options:
irc.network.anti_flood_prio_high: delay between two user messages/commands
irc.network.anti_flood_prio_low: delay between two other messages
Friday, January 8 2010
By Sébastien Helleu on Friday, January 8 2010, 19:02
New commands have been added to IRC plugin:
These commands can execute a command on all buffer of all channels or all servers, with optional exclusion of some channels/servers.
/ame are now replaced by aliases. If you're upgrading from recent version (>= 0.3.0), you have to manually create alias, see page with release notes.
Friday, January 1 2010
By Sébastien Helleu on Friday, January 1 2010, 14:31
New options have been added to choose target buffer for IRC messages.
More info and examples in documentation: https://weechat.org/doc/devel/user#irc_target_buffer
Monday, December 7 2009
By Sébastien Helleu on Monday, December 7 2009, 07:32
New options have been added to check SSL certificates when connecting to IRC servers, thanks to kolter's patch:
- weechat.network.gnutls_ca_file: path to file with certificate authorities (by default: "%h/ssl/CAs.pem")
- irc.server.xxx.ssl_cert: ssl certificate file used to automatically identify your nick (CertFP on oftc for example, see below)
- irc.server.xxx.ssl_dhkey_size: replaces old option weechat.network.gnutls_dh_prime_bitsmax_lines, new default value is 2048 (safer than old default value which was 512)
- irc.server.xxx.ssl_verify: check that the ssl connection is fully trusted (on by default)
Please note that ssl_verify is on by default, so verification is now stricter, and may fail even if it was ok with previous versions of WeeChat.
First example: connect to oftc and check certificate:
- import certificate:
- mkdir ~/.weechat/ssl
- wget -O ~/.weechat/ssl/CAs.pem http://www.spi-inc.org/ca/spi-cacert.crt
- in weechat:
Note: it is possible to concatenate many CAs in file CAs.pem.
Second example: connect to oftc using CertFP (certificate to auto identify your nick):
- create certificate:
- openssl req -nodes -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout nick.key -x509 -days 365 -out nick.cer
- cat nick.cer nick.key > ~/.weechat/ssl/nick.pem
- in weechat:
- /set irc.server.oftc.ssl_cert "%h/ssl/nick.pem"
- /connect oftc
- /msg nickserv cert add
For more information, please look at https://www.oftc.net/NickServ/CertFP.
Tuesday, September 15 2009
By Sébastien Helleu on Tuesday, September 15 2009, 20:00
It is now possible to customize CTCP replies, or block some CTCP queries (do not reply).
For example, to customize reply to CTCP "VERSION", use following command:
/set irc.ctcp.version "I'm running WeeChat $version, it rocks!"
If you want to block CTCP "VERSION" (do not reply to a query), then set empty string:
/set irc.ctcp.version ""
Even unknown CTCP can be customized, for example you can reply to CTCP "BLABLA":
/set irc.ctcp.blabla "This is my answer to CTCP BLABLA"
It is possible to customize CTCP for one server only, using its internal name before CTCP name:
/set irc.ctcp.freenode.version "WeeChat $version (for freenode)"
If you want to restore standard CTCP reply, then remove option:
Some codes are automatically expanded by WeeChat when replying to CTCP, please read documentation for more information (User's guide, chapter: Plugins / IRC plugin / CTCP replies).
Friday, March 6 2009
By Sébastien Helleu on Friday, March 6 2009, 18:38
New hook type "process" has been added to WeeChat. You can use it in C plugins, and all scripts languages (perl, python, ruby, lua and tcl).
It runs a command with fork, and send you result (return code, stdout and stderr) via a callback, when command has ended, or if WeeChat output buffer is full (then it will be partial result of command). There is optional timeout (in milliseconds), to kill process if it's still running after given time.
The script shell.py has been updated to use that new hook.
Wednesday, November 26 2008
By Sébastien Helleu on Wednesday, November 26 2008, 22:33
A new plugin has been added: DC. It is used to transfer files using DC file-sharing protocol.
It's available as a separate plugin, and must be compiled and installed with WeeChat development version.
Documentation and screenshots are available on this wiki page: http://wiki.flashtux.org/wiki/WeeChat/dc
Friday, October 31 2008
By Sébastien Helleu on Friday, October 31 2008, 07:32
Logger plugin has been improved with many new features:
- command /logger (to see log status for open buffers, and set/disable log level on a buffer)
- custom level by buffer (or group of buffers)
- custom log filename mask by buffer (or group of buffers).
Set one directory by IRC server and a file by channel inside:
/set logger.mask.irc irc/$server/$channel.weechatlog
You'll have a tree like that:
Log all messages on IRC buffers but not join/part/quit messages:
- for all IRC buffers:
/set logger.level.irc 3
- for a server and its channels:
/set logger.level.irc.freenode 3
- for a specific channel:
/set logger.level.irc.freenode.#weechat 3
Saturday, October 25 2008
By Sébastien Helleu on Saturday, October 25 2008, 19:30
A new smart filter for IRC join/part/quit message has been added. It is disabled by default (so you'll see all join/part/quit by default).
To enable it, use following commands:
/set irc.look.smart_filter on
/filter add irc_smart * irc_smart_filter *
You can setup delay:
/set irc.look.smart_filter_delay 5
How does it work?
When a nick spoke on channel during past X minutes (where X is delay irc.look.smart_filter_delay), its join/part/quit will be displayed by default. Otherwise, if nick did not speak for a long time, all join/part/quit messages will be tagged with "irc_smart_filter". So you have to define a filter on this tag to hide join/part/quit from users that are not speaking on channel (see command above).
Saturday, October 18 2008
By Sébastien Helleu on Saturday, October 18 2008, 18:08
New aspell plugin is available!
Plugin as now its own configuration file, called aspell.conf. Options can be set with /set command. List of options with default value:
- aspell.look.color = lightred
- aspell.check.commands = "ame,amsg,away,command,cycle,kick,kickban,me,msg,notice,part,query,quit,topic"
- aspell.check.default_dict = ""
- aspell.check.word_min_length = 2
You can enable aspell for all buffers with default dictionary (or list of dictionaries), with command:
/set aspell.check.default_dict "en,fr"
To enable a specific language on a buffer, use:
/aspell enable fr
If you speak both english and german (often english, less german), use:
/aspell enable en,de
Monday, October 6 2008
By Sébastien Helleu on Monday, October 6 2008, 20:01
A new plugin Tcl has been added (thanks to Dmitry Kobylin). Some minor changes will be done about compiling (with autotools and cmake), but plugin should be ok today as-is.
Script samples using new API, including Tcl language, will be published soon.
Thursday, September 4 2008
By Sébastien Helleu on Thursday, September 4 2008, 20:23
The new /ignore command is now available. You can ignore nicks (or hostnames), using regex.
Note: this command will be improved in near future with more options.
Some exemples (you can find them with
- ignore nick "toto" everywhere:
/ignore add toto
- ignore host "email@example.com" on freenode server:
/ignore add firstname.lastname@example.org freenode
- ignore host "toto*@*.domain.com" on freenode/#weechat:
/ignore add toto*@*.domain.com freenode #weechat
Tuesday, May 6 2008
By Sébastien Helleu on Tuesday, May 6 2008, 21:14
A new "xfer" plugin has been added. It replaces old IRC DCC code.
This plugin is called by IRC plugin to initiate direct chat and file transfer (still by
/dcc command). In future, it may be used by other plugins. Moreover, new protocols can be easily added to xfer plugin, if other plugins need that.