The Lounge

💬 ‎ Modern, responsive, cross-platform, self-hosted web IRC client (by thelounge)

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The Lounge reviews and mentions

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  • Simplicity of IRC
    4 projects | | 13 Mar 2024
    IRC as a protocol is indeed incredibly simple and easy to get started with. Years ago did discover this when I was able to make [this atrocity]( bridging IRC and discord where for IRC I effectively did a simple server implementation.

    There is a caveat, though. Like many older protocols (ftp) there is a lot that was not initially written down or left up to clients and server implementations. This, does lead to a lot of edge cases you need to be aware of once you want to actually support a wider user group.

    Also, as this is apparently is still a discussion. IRC is not simple from a modern user UX perception. Registration can be complex and confusing, though hidden a bit through clients. Managing channels with various flags is a whole other thing. Then there is also the fact that these days people are no longer used to the fact that they can't see messages from periods where they were not connected. Of course, the latter can be easily handled by a BNC or fancy clients like . But, that is only easy for technically inclined folks.

  • Posthog is closing their Slack community in favor of forum
    4 projects | | 13 Jan 2024
    > It’s 2024, people aren’t going to go out of their way to setup “bouncers” to keep up with conversation that happens when they’re not online or leave their computer running 24/7.

    You can just set up something like The Lounge [0].


  • Show HN: GodotOS: A Fake Operating System Interface Made in the Godot Engine
    9 projects | | 11 Jan 2024
    Excellent idea! You'll have a mature, open standard protocol under the hood, with no vendor lock-in, excellent extensibility, and great modern frontends like The Lounge ( or Convos ( to choose from (and you can choose).
  • IRC Is the Only Viable Chat Protocol
    8 projects | | 29 Jul 2023
  • Show HN: Halloy – A GUI Application in Rust for IRC
    9 projects | | 30 Jun 2023
  • New thelounge Theme: iAnon
    1 project | /r/selfhosted | 28 May 2023
  • The Lounge 4.4.0 released - the self-hosted web IRC client
    1 project | /r/irc | 14 May 2023
  • Matrix 2.0: How we’re making Matrix go voom
    28 projects | | 13 Feb 2023
    For the other layers one can front-end IRC with TheLounge [1][2] or Convos [3][4]. TheLounge only persists history in private mode meaning that users are created in that front-end and chat messages are in Redis. For small networks or groups of friends this is probably fine.

    Notably missing is voice chat. I use the Mumble client [5] with the Murmur or uMurmur [6] server which is light-weight enough to run on ones home router. I use it on Alpine Linux, works great. It's not a shiny and attention grabbing as Discord but probably fine for everyone else. For people to create their own voice channels would require the full-blown Murmur server.

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  • I'm trying to set up a client device that will remain connected to a server that I can remotely log into
    1 project | /r/irc | 9 Feb 2023
    As another self-hosted solution, I quite like TheLounge (
  • Most used selfhosted services in 2022?
    103 projects | /r/selfhosted | 27 Dec 2022
    TheLounge ( - web IRC client that I set to listen on my vpn/mesh. Works great on desktop and mobile, and supports push notifications.
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Basic The Lounge repo stats
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thelounge/thelounge is an open source project licensed under MIT License which is an OSI approved license.

The Lounge is marked as "self-hosted". This means that it can be used as a standalone application on its own.

The primary programming language of The Lounge is TypeScript.

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