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Helga is a full-featured chat bot for Python 2.6/2.7 using Twisted. Helga originally started as a python fork of a perl-based IRC bot olga, but has grown considerably since then. Early versions limited to support to IRC, but now include other services like XMPP and HipChat.

Supported Backends

As of version 1.7.0, helga supports IRC, XMPP, and HipChat out of the box. Note, however, that helga originally started as an IRC bot, so much of the terminology will reflect that. The current status of XMPP and HipChat support is very limited and somewhat beta. In the future, helga may have a much more robust and pluggable backend system to allow connections to any number of chat services.


  • A simple and robust plugin api
  • HTTP webhooks support and webhook plugins
  • Channel logging and browsable web UI
  • Event driven behavior for plugins
  • Support for IRC, XMPP, and HipChat


Contributions are always welcomed, whether they be in the form of bug fixes, enhancements, or just bug reports. To report any issues, please create a ticket on github. For code changes, please note that any pull request will be denied a merge if the test suite fails.

If you are looking to get help with helga, join the #helgabot IRC channel on freenode.


Copyright (c) 2014 Shaun Duncan

Helga is open source software, dual licensed under the MIT and GPL licenses. Dual licensing was chosen for this project so that plugin authors can create plugins under their choice of license that is compatible with this project.

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