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  • Pidgin icon

    Pidgin

    Pidgin is an easy to use, multi-protocol chat client client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, XMPP, and more chat networks all at once. It has built-in...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Xfce

    • Pidgin is more for IM protocols in general like XMPP, ICQ etc., while HexChat is for IRC chat. artyhedgehogMar 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • mIRC icon

    mIRC

    mIRC is a popular Internet Relay Chat client used by millions of people, and thousands of organizations, to communicate, share, play and work with each other on IRC...

    Commercial Windows

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    Quassel IRC

    Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client based on the Qt4 framework. Distributed means that one (or multiple) client(s) can attach to and detach...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted

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  • irssi icon

    irssi

    Irssi is a terminal based IRC client for UNIX systems. It also supports SILC and ICB protocols via plugins.

    Open Source Mac Linux Xfce

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    XChat for Linux

    XChat is an IRC chat program for both Linux (Open Source) and Windows (Shareware, 30-day trial). It allows you to join multiple IRC channels (chat rooms) at the same...

    Open Source Linux

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.8.8, released in May 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    AdiIRC

    c#/csharp IRC CLient. AdiIRC stores all its settings in text files, this way you can grab the adiirc folder and put in on a usb device or external harddrive. Take all...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    • Hexchat crashes and have some bugs. also AdiIRC has a portable version Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Kiwi IRC icon

    Kiwi IRC

    A hand-crafted IRC client that you can enjoy. Designed to be used easily and freely. More friendly than other webirc clients giving the general public an easy option to...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted Chrome

    • KiwiIRC is a good alternative to HexChat because it's browser-based, easy to use, and ready to go. I use it often, and I put in on my websites for other people to have easy access to IRC, even if they're totally new to IRC. Basically, HexChat is for power users, and KiwiIRC is perfect for beginners while still being good enough to please the power users. That's a rare combination. badonJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    Smuxi

    Smuxi is an irssi-inspired, flexible, user-friendly and cross-platform IRC client for sophisticated users, targeting the GNOME desktop. Smuxi is based on the...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Shout icon

    Shout

    What is it? Shout is a web IRC client that you host on your own server. What features does it have? * Multiple user support * Stays connected even when you close...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

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    IRCCloud

    IRCCloud is an IRC client with a future. Stay connected, chat from anywhere, and never miss a message.

    Freemium Web / Cloud Android iPhone

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  • KVIrc icon

    KVIrc

    KVIrc is a free portable IRC client based on the excellent Qt GUI toolkit. KVirc is being written by Szymon Stefanek and the KVIrc Development Team with the contribution...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com

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    Colloquy

    Traditionally, chat clients on the Mac have been anything but glamorous. Colloquy is an advanced IRC, SILC & ICB client which aims to fill this void. By adhering to...

    Open Source Mac

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HexChat Comments

Windows notifications work better than Pidgin

Positive Comment by vlaker
about HexChat and Pidgin Feb 2016

Pidgin's notifications don't work all the time.

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