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HexChat is a fork of XChat with bug fixes and new features.

  • Mac OS X
  • Windows
    All version after 2.9.4 are Windows Vista+ only
  • Linux
  • BSD
  • Xfce

HexChat is an IRC client based on Small XChat for Linux iconXChat for Linux , but unlike XChat it’s completely free for both Windows and Unix-like systems.
HexChat was originally called XChat-WDK which in turn was a successor of freakschat.


Easy to use and customizable interface
Cross-platform on Windows, OS X, and Unix-like OSes
Highly scriptable with Python and Perl
Translated in multiple languages
Fully open source and actively developed
Multi-network with auto-connect, join, and identify
Spellcheck, Proxies, SASL, DCC support and more
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  • Portable
    Just pick the "portable" checkbox in the installer to prevent registry changes, creation of an uninstaller, etc. and pick an appropriate directory.
  • xfce
  • chat-clients
  • irc
  • xchat

Link to official HexChat site

Official Website
HexChat (sometimes referred to as XChat-WDK, XChat WDK) was added by TheWeirdo in Oct 2010 and the lastest update was made in Jan 2016. There is a history of activites on HexChat in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on HexChat or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam. If you want a nice widget to put on your website check these out.
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