Install Relay Modern IRC Client on Ubuntu 15.04

How to install Relay IRC Client via PPA - Relay is a new IRC client designed for Elementary OS that aims to be small, fast, and elegant. It’s written in Vala and also works in Ubuntu and derivatives.

It uses less than 30mb memory and few libraries to function.

1. Relay IRC Client Features

Relay IRC Client on Ubuntu 15.04

Below are list of the most important features of Relay IRC Client so far :
  • The ability to search users
  • The ability to see where you left off since you last visited a tab
  • The ability to control many settings and set colors in the UI
  • The ability to switch channels through tabs or the sidebar
  • The ability to turn on or off joining or exiting messages
  • Private messaging and and ability to block users
  • Highlights the name of your or anyone else when mentioned in a chat
  • Right click tab switching
  • It supports languages that use UTF-8 characters
  • A missed message count
  • Highlighting tabs with activity from IRC servers
  • Drag and drop reordering of tabs
  • Automatic IRC channel connecting
  • URL parsing and the ability to open your browser when clicked
  • Although Relay was built on Elementary OS it will switch the theme depending on what operating system you are using.
  • Click a user name to have their name placed in the text entry
  • Creates a datestamp every 5 minutes to give you a timeline of what has happened

2. How to instal Relay IRC Client on Ubuntu 15.04

Developer has created a PPA repository. For Linux Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Elementary OS Freya are supported. Open your terminal and this PPA :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:agronick/relay

Now update then install it. Follow this command to install via lniux terminal :

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install relay

Don't want to add PPA? Download .deb package from launchpad page. Download link is available at the last of this post. Then to uninstall and remove the Relay IRC Client app from Ubuntu Systems, run the command given below:

sudo apt-get remove relay

For Ubuntu 14.04 needs updated version of libgranite (>= 0.3.0) and GTK+3.0 (>= 3.14). Get them from Gnome testing PPA and Elementary Stable PPA. But this is not recomended, besauce can break your system. DWYOR!

So that's all I can write about how to install Relay IRC Client on Ubuntu 15.04 via PPA. Hope you've enjoyed reading this tutorial as much I’ve enjoyed writing it. Thanks for visiting us.