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  • Thunderbird icon


    Thunderbird is a free, open source, cross-platform e-mail, news and instant messaging client. The project strategy is modeled after...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Haiku

  • HexChat icon


    HexChat is an IRC client based on XChat for Linux , but unlike XChat it’s completely free for both Windows...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

  • mIRC icon


    mIRC is a popular Internet Relay Chat client used by millions of people, and thousands of organizations, to communicate, share, play...

    Commercial Windows

  • irssi icon


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

    Open Source Mac Linux Xfce

  • XChat for Linux icon

    XChat for Linux Discontinued

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

    Open Source Linux

  • IRCCloud icon


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

    Freemium Web / Cloud Android iPhone

  • KVIrc icon


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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Textual icon


    Textual is the world's most popular application for interacting with Internet Relay Chat (IRC) chatrooms on OS X. Textual...

    Commercial Mac

  • 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...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted Chrome

  • Konversation icon


    Konversation is an easy-to-use IRC client for novices, nut novices and experts can take advantage of its rich featureset.

    Open Source Linux

  • Colloquy icon


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

    Open Source Mac

  • Chatzilla icon


    ChatZilla is a clean, easy to use and highly extensible Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client, built on the Mozilla platform, which...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux SeaMonkey Firefox

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  • Shout icon


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

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

  • Qwebirc icon


    qwebirc is a web based AJAX IRC client.

    Open Source Windows Linux Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

  • Convos icon


    Convos is the simplest way to use IRC. It is always online, and accessible to your web browser, both on desktop and mobile.

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

  • Maid-IRC icon


    A modern web IRC client. Built on Node.js.

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted Node.JS

  • ZeroChat icon


    An IRC-like internet chatroom hosted on ZeroNet, a distributed network. 0rc is a fully distributed website, and messages are shared...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Self-Hosted Python ... JavaScript ZeroNet

  • jsIRC Discontinued

    jsIRC is written using Socket.IO, node.js, jQuery Title Alert and Sencha ExtJS, relying on string.js, Lo-Dash and PhantomJS. ...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted Node.JS jQuery

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  • X-Chat 2 for Windows icon

    X-Chat 2 for Windows Discontinued

    A freeware build of X-Chat for windows, as opposed to the official 30-day-trial shareware Windows build.

    Free Windows

  • Subway icon

    Subway Discontinued

    Subway is a web-based IRC client with a multi-user backend and a JavaScript-heavy UI. Frontend/backend communication is done with...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

  • Mibbit icon


    No Java, no flash. With Mibbit, chatting online is easy, just choose your nickname and press go! No sign-up is required and you can...

    Free Web / Cloud

  • bIRC icon


    bIRC is a simple, lightweight and flexible IRC-Client written in Bash. bIRC doesn't require an installation and can be launched by...

    Open Source Mac Linux

  • leafChat icon


    leafChat is an IRC client for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Chat with your friends using popular IRC networks. leafChat has a...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • ScrollZ IRC Client icon

    ScrollZ IRC Client

    ScrollZ is an advanced IRC client based on ircII. It incorporates many useful features found in all sorts of scripts. The main...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • sushi IRC suite icon

    sushi IRC suite

    The sushi IRC suite consists of a central daemon and several clients, which communicate via DBus. The daemon -- maki -- provides...

    Open Source Mac Linux

  • WebIRC

    WebIRC runs as a server and is always connected to your favorite IRC networks. Seamlessly open the same session from home, work, and...

    Open Source Self-Hosted

  • CGI:IRC icon


    CGI:IRC is a Perl/CGI program that lets you access IRC from a web browser, it is designed to be flexible and has many uses such as an...

    Open Source Linux Web / Cloud BSD Self-Hosted Perl

  • Gnotty

    Gnotty ties the knot between the web and IRC. It is designed to assist open source projects that host an IRC channel for collaboration...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted Python

  • jakeIRC

    jakeIRC is a web-based Meteor IRC client that allows users to connect to their favorite IRC channels. To run jakeIRC locally, you...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted Meteor npm

  • Nettalk icon


    Nettalk is a powerful but easy to use free (open source) IRC-client for Windows. The smart user interface is based on Windows...

    Open Source Windows

  • XChat for Windows icon

    XChat for Windows Discontinued

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

    Commercial Windows

  • IceChat icon


    IceChat is a fully featured, simple to use IRC Client allowing you to chat online with your friends and for meeting new people as...

    Free Windows

  • lightIRC icon


    lightIRC is a fast, free, Flash-based IRC Client. It supports webcams with an extension! Embed it into your website with a couple of...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

  • wsIRC icon


    wsIrc - the global community communicator, goal is to offer a free web IRC client which should be at the end as good as old standalone...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

  • Visual IRC 2 icon

    Visual IRC 2

    Visual IRC (ViRC) is an open source Internet Relay Chat client for the Windows operating system. Features FREE - no registration...

    Free Windows Comments

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