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HexChat Ubuntu 16.04

HexChat IRC client 2.14.3 was released a day ago with important bug-fixes. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu.

It has been more than one year since the last release. HexChat 2.14.3 was released with following changes:

  • fix various incorrect parsing of IRC messages relating to trailing parameters
  • fix SASL negotiation combined with multi-line cap
  • fix input box theming with Ubuntu’s new default Yaru theme
  • python: Work around Python 3.7 regression causing crash on unload
  • sysinfo: Add support for /etc/os-release
  • sysinfo: Ignore irrelevant mounts when calculating storage size

HexChat with Radiance Theme

How to Install HexChat 2.14.3 in Ubuntu:

The software is available as both Snap and Flatpak packages, unfortunately no PPA with recent .deb packages.

HexChat Snap package (runs in sandbox) maintained by the principal developer is available to install in Ubuntu Software.

Note the snap is still 2.14.2 at the moment, though it will auto-update to 2.14.3 once the new package published.

The official HexChat Flatpak package (also runs in sandbox) has been updated to 2.14.3. You can install it via following steps:

1. Open terminal either by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard or from Application launcher.

If you’re first time installing a Flatpak package, run following commands to setup the framework.

  • Install flatpak framework via command:
    sudo apt install flatpak

  • Then add Flathub, the official repository that hosts a large list of Flatpak packages:
    flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

2. Finally install HexChat Flatpak package via command:

flatpak install flathub io.github.Hexchat

After installation, open the software either from application menu or by running command:

flatpak run io.github.Hexchat

(Optional) To remove the Flatpak package, simply run command in terminal:

flatpak uninstall flathub io.github.Hexchat

HexChat Ubuntu 16.04

HexChat IRC Client now is available to install via Snap package in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and higher.

HexChat is a free, open-source, and extensible IRC Client based on XChat. It supports features such as: DCC, SASL, proxies, spellcheck, alerts, logging, custom themes, and Lua scripts.

HexChat offers official Snap package, which is a containerized software packages bundles all required libraries, and auto-update itself.

HexChat with Radiance Theme

Install HexChat via Snap in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, the snap package can be easily installed from Ubuntu Software:

For Ubuntu 16.04, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to install snapd first:

sudo apt-get install snapd

Then install the HexChat snap package via command:

sudo snap install hexchat

Note if you installed both HexChat legacy and Snap packages, you’ll see two launch icons from software menu. To make sure you’re running HexChat snap package, launch it from terminal via command:

snap run hexchat


To remove the IRC client, either use Ubuntu Software or run command in terminal:

sudo snap remove hexchat

HexChat Ubuntu 16.04

This tutorial is going to show you how to install the latest HexChat GTK+ IRC client and receive future software updates along with other system updates.

HexChat is a XChat based IRC client that’s completely free for Windows and Unix-like systems. It features Python and Perl scripting support, a plugin API, multiple server/channel windows, spell checking, multiple authentication methods including SASL, and customizable notifications.

HexChat with Radiance Theme

HexChat is available in official Ubuntu repositories, but Canonical does not provide future updates for this software. While Ubuntu 16.04 provides the old 2.10.2 release, the HexChat website refers to Gwendal LE BIHAN’s PPA (unofficial) for the latest release.

1. Add PPA.

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the command below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/hexchat-stable

Type in password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.


2. Update system package index by either launching Software Updater and wait checking for updates, or running command:

sudo apt update

3. If you don’t a previous release installed, you can now install HexChat from Ubuntu Software, or via command:

sudo apt install hexchat

or upgrade the client via Software Updater:


4. (Optional) To remove the PPA, launch System Settings and navigate to Software & Updates -> Other Software.