How to Install Chat Client Smuxi 1.0 in Ubuntu 15.04, 14.04

August 10, 2015 — Leave a comment

Smuxi 1.0

Smuxi IRC client finally reached the 1.0 release. Here’s how to install or upgrade it in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and derivatives, e.g., Linux Mint 13/17.x, Elementary OS Freya and Luna.

Smuxi is an open-source, distributed and user-friendly IRC / Twitter / XMPP / Campfire / JabbR client for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X based on GNOME / GTK+.

The 1.0 release was announced recently when it’s 10 years old and features:

  • Message Persistence – messages sent and received are now stored on the disk in a way they can automatically be retrieved/loaded when you restart Smuxi.
  • new command line tool smuxi-message-buffer allows to convert and export the message history.
  • 4 new plugins:
    • topic-diff: Shows the word differences of the topic after topic changes. (meebey)
    • away-nick: Automatically appends and removes $AWAY_SUFFIX to/from the nick name when you go away using the /away command or by disconnecting all frontends from the smuxi-server. (meebey)
    • system-info: Shows system info. Includes system kernel version, distro name, and CPU vendor information. (AK0)
    • now-playing: This plugin is not new but was rewritten in Python to get rid of the spaghetti code monster which was written in Bash. (jamesaxl)
  • UI, text frontend, twitter and other enhancements. See details


Install/Upgrade Smuxi in Ubuntu:

1. Open terminal from the Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut keys. When it opens, run command to add its stable PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:meebey/smuxi-stable


2. If you have an old version installed on your system, just launch Software Updater/Update Manager and upgrade the software after checking for updates.

Or use Synaptic Package Manager (available in Software Center) to check for updates and install Smuxi 1.0:


For those who are familiar with command line, just run below commands one by one:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install smuxi

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