CGI:IRC Alternatives

    CGI:IRC is described as '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 IRC gateway for an IRC network, a chat-room for a website or to access IRC when stuck behind a restrictive firewall' and is an app in the Social & Communications category. There are more than 50 alternatives to CGI:IRC for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Online / Web-based and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is Pidgin, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like CGI:IRC are HexChat (Free, Open Source), mIRC (Paid), Quassel IRC (Free, Open Source) and irssi (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 13, 2021

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      The privacy-first messaging app that works with or without internet access, cellular data or trust in the network.
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    1. 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 time, talk publicly, private one-on-one conversations etc. Even file transfers are possible.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.8.9, released in May 2010, can be still bought from the official website.

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • iPhone
      • iPad
      LimeChat is an IRC client for Windows, Mac OS X and iOS.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      HydraIRC is an open-source IRC client with an attractive and easy to use interface.

      Discontinued

      Not maintained since 2008

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      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 Mac OS X interface conventions, Colloquy has the look and feel of a quality Mac application.
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    2. A freeware build of X-Chat for windows, as opposed to the official 30-day-trial shareware Windows build.

      Discontinued

      Author announed EOL on homepage.

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Self-Hosted
      qwebirc is a web based AJAX IRC client.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      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 the browser * Connect from multiple devices at once * Responsive layout — works well on your smartphone

      Discontinued

      Shout's development has stopped early 2016 and replaced by its official community fork: The Lounge .

      See https://github.com/erming/shout

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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Android
      AndroIRC is your new IRC client!
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    3. BeagleIM is a lightweight and powerful XMPP client developed by Tigase, Inc. It provides an easy way to start using the XMPP Protocol (formerly known as Jabber) if you've never used it before. Veterans of the protocol will find many features here they are familiar.
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