A Shout Out to Shout IRC#

I’m back on IRC for the foreseeable future, and loving it. Thank you Shout IRC.



A few years ago, I got old and gave up running command line IRC clients. I’ve run them all or at least a lot of them, including one whose name is almost certainly in the crosshairs of political correctness. Most recently I ran Weechat and irssi before that. For a while, I gave up IRC completely because I couldn’t be bothered. But I missed it, and nothing else seemed to suffice. I tried Slack and thought it was OK, but not IRC. I tried various web clients, but couldn’t find one I could stand to use long term. Then Shout IRC came along.

Stay online#

I tried Shout for the first time over a year ago, but never bothered to create a Shout account on my server. This was a mistake, since user account creation enables one of Shout’s most powerful features: Stay online on IRC even when you log out.


I had gotten annoyed with having to login each time, so I stopped using Shout for a while. I heard good things about Kiwi, but was disappointed to see no npm release. This led me back to Shout, which does have an npm release. What follows are configuration details for irc.aclark.net, for posterity. (I added Let’s Encrypt at the last minute for good measure.)



  • EC2 t2.micro running Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS


apt-get install aptitude
aptitude update; aptitude upgrade -y
aptitude install nginx nodejs-legacy npm python python-pip


sudo -H pip install dotfiles


sudo npm install -g shout

Certbot (Let’s Encrypt)#

sudo certbot certonly --manual


server {
    listen 80 default_server;
    listen [::]:80 default_server;
    server_name _;
    return 301 https://$host$request_uri;
server {
    listen 443 ssl default_server;
    listen [::]:443 ssl default_server;
    root /var/www/html;
    server_name _;
    location / {
        proxy_pass http://localhost:9000;
    location /.well-known/acme-challenge/AamTqX-Ic-YERnU0RWS2X_WpszSUsi2lIoXkMYOy_Fs {
        add_header Content-Type text/plain;
        return 200 "AamTqX-Ic-YERnU0RWS2X_WpszSUsi2lIoXkMYOy_Fs.gPCswvmAzfObWoqUg6d_…";
    ssl    on;
    ssl_certificate    /etc/ssl/fullchain.pem;
    ssl_certificate_key    /etc/ssl/privkey.pem;


(I store my .shout directory, which includes my Shout & Freenode credentials, in a private dotfiles repository.)

git clone git@bitbucket.org:aclark4life/dotfiles.git Dotfiles
dotfiles -s


I’m currently running shout --private in screen, but may eventually add a systemd service for it.