PyRC was, and is, Puukusoft‘s first Python-based project, an IRC client framework, a strong twist on the cliché way many people learn new languages, initially undertaken as a means of getting into Python back during the dark 1.x days.

PyRC is developed exclusively against Debianbased GNU/Linux systems, although, by the time 1.0 is released, it should support whatever operating systems still exist.


Since its inception, PyRC has been a project that has been very slow to evolve. It is prone to long periods of “going nowhere” while receiving extensive amounts of work. This paradox is explainable only by likening it to a development testbed, for that is what it has become.

In essence, PyRC itself is fundamentally complete: it’s stable, feature-rich, extensively documented, and needs only bindings to complete its support of the current IRC protocol. However, it is not an IRC client. Rather, it is an IRC client framework: a structure to which other components may be affixed to create an IRC-based client-like entity that realizes the developer’s imagination.

Because of this, PyRC’s primary incarnation has evolved as a bot (although it is more capable, design-wise, than contemporary clients, such as irssi and XChat), and its learning-related innovative potential has been tapped through the creation of modules that may be exposed to IRC users: things ranging from extensive calculators to database scrapers to social profilers to Turing-test prototype ideas, to say nothing of the fact that it has been rewritten in its entirety more than a dozen times as new Pythonic idioms and innovative software development techniques have been learned, to allow us to hone our skills and better our refactoring techniques.

Ultimately, PyRC cannot be classified. It cannot be declared “finished”. It is fated to forever remain a work-in-progress, endlessly evolving into a more pure form of itself, yet growing nowhere. (Every hacker has to have an eternal pet project, after all)

Project information

PyRC is hosted on Google Code,, which is where you should go if you want to learn about how to set it up for your own use, contribute to further development, or find out more about the project and its many reusable plugins.


If you use PyRC, let us know. It’s a fun project to hack on, but having expectations would greatly help to focus development efforts.


Neil Tallim

  • Programing, documentation

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