Matrix is an open standard for interoperable, decentralised, real-time communications. One of the most interesting features of Matrix is the native support for bridges to other protocols, such as IRC. This means that you can use a Matrix client to join and use IRC channels like if they were Matrix rooms.
Why should I use the Matrix IRC bridge?
Your IRC nickname will be available 24h and other people will be able to ping or contact you even if you are away from your computer. This can also be achieved by using an IRC bouncer, but Matrix has several advantages:
- Matrix provides unlimited chat history, an IRC bouncer doesn't.
- The Matrix IRC bridge is much easier to setup than an IRC bouncer.
- The Matrix reference client can be used from smartphones.