HexChat ships with a handful of useful plugins that extend the functionality of the client. In order to auto-load custom ones you just place them in an
addons subdir within your config folder, manually with /load and /unload, or with .
With the included scripting interfaces you can also use easier to create but equally powerful scripts in languages such as Python. These are loaded/unloaded in the same manner as plugins.
A list of many existing addons can be found at https://github.com/hexchat/hexchat-addons.
The exec plugin provides the /exec command for Windows, it is built in on Unix.
With Exec you can perform commands as if you ran them in the command line. The output will be printed at once, in the end of execution. If the command takes more than 10 seconds to complete, it gets aborted to avoid locking down HexChat. Usage:
/exec ping google.com
Adds FiSH encryption support. You set a password for a conversation/channel, and then all your messages get encrypted. Only those who know the password will be able to read your messages. Usage is simple: first you set the password:
Then you let your fellow chatters know this password. Once they also set the password on their sides, they’ll receive messages decrypted and send them encrypted, too.
You can remove the key with:
Automatically checks for updates available. Can be manually checked viaor by the command:
Prints out basic system information on both Windows and Unix. You can either activate inor type:
Automatically calculates the SHA-256 checksum of files sent and recieved via DCC.