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  • HexChat

    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...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Xfce MacPorts XQuartz

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  • 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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  • XChat for Linux

    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...

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated.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

    Free Open Source Windows Linux

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  • ZeroChat

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

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  • Qwebirc

    qwebirc is a web based AJAX IRC client.

    Free Open Source Windows Linux BSD Self-Hosted

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  • HydraIRC

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    • Discontinued Not maintained since 2008

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • X-Chat 2 for Windows

    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.

    Free Windows

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  • Convos

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

    Free Open Source Web Self-Hosted

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  • jsIRC

    jsIRC is written using Socket.IO, node.js, jQuery Title Alert and Sencha ExtJS, relying on string.js, Lo-Dash and PhantomJS. Implemented Features: * Webcam Chat *...

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer accessible and the GitHub repo hasn't been updated since May 17th, 2015.

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  • leafChat

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    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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