IRC text-to-speech using espeak
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Version 0.2.1

espeaker is an IRC bot which allows users to listen to IRC with the text-to-speech program espeak. It converts IRC messages into SSML data that can be piped to and read by espeak. Users can be given unique voices.

espeaker runs over a network socket, allowing people to connect to it and pipe the data to espeak. Use the command nc <espeaker-host> <espeaker-port> | espeak -m to connect and listen to espeaker. Option -m enables SSML support in espeak.

Edit to give users espeak voices. See espeak --voices and espeak --voices=variant to see what voices and variants you can use.


espeaker <port> <irc-host> <irc-port> [--ssl] <nickname> <channel>

<port> is the port the espeaker server should run on, not the port of the IRC server (which is <irc-port>).

Use --ssl to connect to the IRC server with SSL/TLS.

espeaker will ask for a NickServ password when started. Supply an empty password if you don’t want to use one.

What’s new

Version 0.2.1:

  • Fixed a minor error in

Version 0.2.0:

  • Switched to pyrcb2.


  • Python ≥ 3.5
  • pyrcb2 ≥ 0.1.2