How to install silc-client on Ubuntu Xenial 16.04

For many years now, the silc-client package has not been available in the standard Ubuntu apt repositories, so here’s a quick how-to on how to install the silc-client on your Ubuntu box:

First, install the dependencies to be able to compile the silc-client from source:

sudo apt-get install build-essential pkgconf libglib2.0-dev libncurses-dev

Then, download the latest silc-client source from the http://silcnet.org/ site to your Ubuntu box (Latest version is v1.1.11 – direct link here: https://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/silc/silc/client/sources/silc-client-1.1.11.tar.gz )

Extract the source file using tar:

tar zxf silc-client-1.1.11.tar.gz

Change directory into the extracted source:

cd silc-client-1.1.11

Configure the build environment:

./configure

Compile the source:

make

Then finallly, install the compiled client:

sudo make install

And that’s it, you can run the silc client now using the “silc” command:

silc -c your.favourite.silc.server.hostname -n yournick

Enjoy.

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