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irssi doesn't support 256 colors. WeeChat doesn't support 256 colors. BitchX doesn't support 256 colors.

And yet vim, my text editor, supports 256 colors.

Am I missing a secret fork of one of the above that has extended color support? Or has nobody in the history of hacking ever thought to implement this?

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BitchX doesn't support 256 colors because, IIRC its written with ncurses. ncurses only supports 16 foreground and 8 background colors. Same thing with irssi. Source: guckes.net/irssi/index.html Search the page for "256" –  Devon Jan 19 '10 at 2:22
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But that's not true; vim uses ncurses! ncurses can clearly be compiled with 256-color support: c-for-dummies.com/ncurses/256color –  Eevee Jan 19 '10 at 2:30

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It's 2014 now and there is a patch for Irssi to ramp it up to true 24 bit colours.

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hurrah! thanks for the link :) –  Eevee Feb 18 at 0:20

WeeChat 0.3.4 is going to support 256 color terminals and the feature appears to be already implemented in the development version.

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Here is a "A (not yet finished) IRC client that runs in 256 Colors" found on github after a quick search, using Python and its ncurses binding.

Generally 256 colors-support seems to remain a "planned feature" in a lot of console clients, such as weechat.

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fwiw, EPIC5 also supports 256 colours

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