Getting Irssi

There are several ways you can get Irssi:

  1. Ready-Made Packages
  2. Compiling from Sources

Distributions’ Packages


Download setup.exe from Cygwin and select irssi during the package selection step. To start irssi, open MinTTY (link should be on your Desktop) and type irssi


apt-get install irssi.
You may find more up to date version on Debian Backports


Install Homebrew, then
brew install irssi
You can also install Git with --HEAD


emerge irssi


zypper in irssi.

You may find more up to date versions on openSUSE Package Search


pacman -S irssi

Fedora/Red Hat

dnf install irssi or
yum install irssi


pkg-get install irssi


slackpkg install irssi


Latest release version: 0.8.19Downloads

See the included INSTALL file for building instructions

To verify the signatures:

gpg --keyserver --recv-keys DDBEF0E1

You shouldn’t really trust this key without verifying its fingerprint. See it with gpg --fingerprint [email protected] and ask someone if it matches (eg. on #irssi).

gpg --verify irssi-0.8.19.tar.xz.asc

(This key is different from the one used to sign binaries of versions before 0.8.10. More gpg help can be found from GPG manual)

Development sources

Git – You can also get the development version. To check it out, run

git clone

After check-out, you must run ./ It may be necessary to install additional packages. More information can be found on the wiki.

See also: Commit Log