Pulina is mininal IRC like chat implementation with a Web user interface. It requires no registration, users can just connect, choose a nickname and join chat rooms. Unlike in many other chat implementations, messages are not stored on the server side anywhere.
Clone this Git repository somewhere, make sure you have Yarn installed and then proceed by installing dependencies and compiling static assets:
$ yarn install $ yarn run build
After that you can start the application with:
$ yarn start
Which starts the backend HTTP server in port
3000. You can change the default
PORT environment variable.
When you open the user interface in a Web browser (by default at URL
http://localhost:3000) you will be greeted with a prompt asking for a
nickname. Once you have given a nickname, the chat application will ask you
which chat room (a.k.a channel) you wish to join. After that, you can start
chatting with other people on that room.
You can also input these commands into the message input:
Joins a new channel.
Leaves specified channel. If name of the channel is omitted, the current channel will be used instead.
Currently Pulina is very very minimal and does not provide many features which would make it more useful. Some things that I might add later would be:
- Changing the nickname without having to reconnect.
- Channel lists and searching for channels.
- Password protected channels.
- Private messages.
- Channel operators who have privileges to ban other users from a channel.
- Flood protection.
- Improvements to the user interface in general, such as:
- Keyboard shortcuts.
- Rich text support.
- URL previews like in Slack.