For everyone looking for an IRC client available from the command line here it is. IRSSI is a tool that I have been using for quite some time, and it works great. IRSSI also has a number of features that can greatly enhance your experience.
Why Use IRSSI?
So if you are a chat fiend IRSSI might be the application for you, you can connect with people from all over the world. IRC is still one of the most widely used chat services world wide, and one of the oldest.
More About IRSSI
IRC is a very effective large-scale communication tool, especially for finding help. There are always several help channels for every topic, unlike other chat services. You can use IRC to get one-on-one help with almost any topic, this is often faster than using forums.
Use the following commands to install IRSSI.
$ sudo apt-get install irssi
This is the standard usage for the IRSSI IRC client.
$ irssi --option
Use this option to change the IRSSI configuration file.
$ irssi --config=file
With this option you can change the IRSSI home directory.
$ irssi --home=/dir
Use the next command to connect to a specified server when launching IRSSI.
$ irssi --connect=server
The next command will allow you to set your authentication password.
$ irssi --password=password
Use the next command to specify the port to use when connecting to a server.
$ irssi --port=port
With the following command you can launch IRSSI without connecting to a server.
$ irssi --noconnect
Use this command to set a default nickname when launching IRSSI.
$ irssi --nick=nickname
You can even change your default hostname to hide your identity with the next command.
$ irssi --hostname=hostname
Use this command to access the dummy terminal mode.
$ irssi --dummy
The next command will print out IRSSI version information.
$ irssi --version
Get more help with IRSSI commands.
$ irssi --help
This will display a brief IRSSI usage message.
$ irssi --usage