The Lounge

Install latest/stable of The Lounge

Ubuntu 16.04 or later?

Make sure snap support is enabled in your Desktop store.

Install using the command line

sudo snap install thelounge

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The Lounge — Self-hosted web IRC client

  • Modern features brought to IRC. Push notifications, link previews, new message markers, and more bring IRC to the 21st century.
  • Always connected. Remains connected to IRC servers while you are offline.
  • Cross platform. It doesn't matter what OS you use, it just works wherever Node.js runs.
  • Responsive interface. The client works smoothly on every desktop, smartphone and tablet.
  • Synchronized experience. Always resume where you left off no matter what device.

Default port

By default thelounge listens on TCP port 9000.

Create users

After installing run the following in a terminal/console:

sudo thelounge add $USER

Replace $USER with your preferred Lounge username. You will be prompted to add a password once you've authenticated for sudo. When you have added your username navigate to http://localhost:9000/ (replace localhost with your server IP or hostname if you are on a different machine) and login with your new username and password.

Enable https

For this to work, port 80 on your device must be Internet accessible.

Run the following in a terminal/console:

sudo thelounge.cert-generate

Enter your email address, agree to the terms of service and enter your domain when prompted.

Update the https stanza in thelounge configuration, replacing with your domain.

sudo nano /var/snap/thelounge/current/home/config.js

The https stanza should look something like this:

 https: {
     enable: true,
     key: "/var/snap/thelounge/common/letsencrypt/live/",
     certificate: "/var/snap/thelounge/common/letsencrypt/live/",
     ca: "",

Restart thelounge to enable https.

sudo snap restart thelounge

Details for The Lounge

  • MIT

Last updated
  • 11 September 2022 - latest/stable
  • 7 May 2023 - latest/edge



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