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IRC chat window
Developer(s) Konstantin Klyagin
Initial release 1 August 1999[1]
Written in C++
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in bg, cs, de, en, es, fr, hu, it, ms, nl, pl, pt, ro, ru, sv, uk, zh[2]
Type Instant messaging client
License GPL
Website Centericq

CenterICQ is a text mode menu- and window-driven instant messaging interface that supports the ICQ, Yahoo!, AIM, MSN, IRC, XMPP, LiveJournal, and Gadu-Gadu protocols. It allows you to send, receive, and forward messages, URLs, SMSes (both through the ICQ server and email gateways supported by Mirabilis), contacts, and email express messages, and it has many other useful features. Known to work in Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, Windows and Mac OS X/Darwin Operating Systems.

During 2004-2006 it was popular in Eastern Europe, with reviews appearing in Softpedia,[3] and Czech online magazines ABC Linux[4] and[5] It was also recommended in a 2004 OSNews article on console applications,[6] and in a similar article in the Russian magazine Computerra.[7] It was included in a 2005 round-up review of IRC Clients in Free Software Magazine.[8] The FSM reviewer remarked CenterICQ for its windows-like interface built on top of the usual curses library, which provides a lot of information, but can also look cluttered on smaller terminal windows, including the standard 80 by 25 terminal. It also found that IRC support was "excellent" due to support for multiple servers and channels and the ease of switching between them in the “windowed” interface.[8]

The software is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. In November 2007, the project's website stated that CenterICQ is dead. Because CenterICQ is not actively maintained anymore, other developers forked the project to CenterIM, and applied several security patches and updates. As of 2009, CenterIM is still in development; version 4.22.9 was released on December 14. Neither CenterICQ nor CenterIM 4 support Unicode, but support for UTF-8 is planned for CenterIM 5.[9]

See also


  1. ^ Klyagin, Konstantin (2005-09-02). "CHANGELOG.centericq". Centericq. Retrieved 2009-11-05.  
  2. ^ Centericq 4.21.0 Source
  3. ^ Mihai Marinof (12 September 2006), Centericq Review, Softpedia
  4. ^ (Czech) Matouš Jan Fialka (24 March 2005), CenterICQ - komunikační centrála, ABC Linux, ISSN 1214-1267
  5. ^ (Czech) Petr Šigut (8 October 2004), Centericq,, ISSN 1801-3805
  6. ^ Scott Rippee (15 Jan 2004), Throw That GUI Out the Door: Console Applications That Shine, OSNews, page 2
  7. ^ (Russian) Андрей Крупин (9 September 2008), Консоль Windows: секреты выживания (Console Windows: the secrets of survival), Computerra
  8. ^ a b Martin Brown (7 September 2005) Free IRC clients, Choosing the best IRC client for your needs, Free Software Magazine issue 7, web pages 2-3
  9. ^ CenterIM FAQ

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