ERC is a powerful, modular, and extensible IRC client for the text editor Emacs.
For documentation and tips go to the ERC homepage at the EmacsWiki. The Savannah project page is here.
Please report bugs to the erc-discuss mailing list.
Emacs 22.2 comes with ERC 5.3 ready to use. Just type M-x erc RET.
Some of ERC's modules aren't included with Emacs due to
copyright assignment issues or because they depend on other packages
that aren't part of Emacs. If you use the version of ERC that comes
with Emacs and you'd like to
use BBDB, chess over CTCP,
alternative channel list windows in ERC you'll have to download
There's also an XEmacs package, but it hasn't been updated to the latest version. It's based on ERC 5.1.2.
Browse the Git repository.