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  1. 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 support for NSS, offering client-to-server message encryption for protocols that support it.
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    HexChat is an IRC client based on XChat 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.
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  2. 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 networks around the world.
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    Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client based on the Qt4 framework.
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    Irssi is a terminal based IRC client for UNIX systems. It also supports SILC and ICB protocols via plugins.
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  3. XChat is an IRC chat program for both Linux and Windows. It allows you to join multiple IRC channels (chat rooms) at the same time, talk publicly, private one-on-one conversations etc. Even file transfers are possible.

    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated.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

  4. Textual is the world's most popular application for interacting with Internet Relay Chat (IRC) chatrooms on macOS.
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  5. 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 connect to any IRC network.
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    Polari is an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client designed for GNOME 3.
  6. An Android IRC client that provides access to the capabilities of Internet Relay Chat. It is designed for group communication, but works equally well for those who prefer minimalism and stability over the aesthetics of modern IM clients.
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  7. Quassel is a distributed, decentralized IRC client, written using C++ and Qt. QuasselDroid is a pure-java client for the Quassel core, allowing you to connect to your Quassel core using your Android phone.
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    Glowing Bear is a sleek, modern web frontend that securely connects to a running instance of WeeChat using its built-in relay protocol.
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    znc is an IRC proxy. It runs as a daemon and connects to IRC server, then allows you to connect from a workstation and work as the user that is logged in to the IRC server. After you disconnect, it maintains the connection to the server.
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  8. MegaIRC is an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) Client. It allows you to connect to the IRC network a virtual meeting place where people from all over the world can meet and talk.

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    The site and the program have a BAD reputation on WOT. You can see it on http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/ironfist.at.tut.by

  9. This client features a modern Material design as well as many other awesome features: - Stays in background properly, even on more recent Android versions - Store chat messages to be displayed after reconnecting to the server later - Nick/channel/command autocomplete -...