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  • Pidgin icon


    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...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD ... Xfce

    • Pidgin is more for IM protocols in general like XMPP, ICQ etc., while HexChat is for IRC chat. artyhedgehogMar 2017 • 5 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It has a fully featured IRC client functionality. AntumDelugeDec 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • mIRC icon


    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

  • irssi icon


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

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD Cygwin

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  • XChat for Linux icon

    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...

    Free Open Source Windows Linux

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.8.8, released in May 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.
    • HexChat is a fork of XChat. They are both fully featured IRC clients. AntumDelugeMar 2018 Disagree   Agree
  • Quassel IRC icon

    Quassel IRC

    Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client based on the Qt4 framework. Distributed means that one (or multiple) client(s) can attach to and detach...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux Self-Hosted

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    • It is a full IRC client, just like HexChat. AntumDelugeDec 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • 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 the general public an easy option to...

    Free Open Source Web Self-Hosted Chrome

    • KiwiIRC is a good alternative to HexChat because it's browser-based, easy to use, and ready to go. I use it often, and I put in on my websites for other people to have easy access to IRC, even if they're totally new to IRC. Basically, HexChat is for power users, and KiwiIRC is perfect for beginners while still being good enough to please the power users. That's a rare combination. badonJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • 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 Development Team with the contribution...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD

  • AdiIRC icon


    c#/csharp IRC CLient. AdiIRC stores all its settings in text files, this way you can grab the adiirc folder and put in on a usb device or external harddrive. Take all...

    Free Windows Wine

    • Hexchat crashes and have some bugs. also AdiIRC has a portable version Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Smuxi icon


    Smuxi is an irssi-inspired, flexible, user-friendly and cross-platform IRC client for sophisticated users, targeting the GNOME desktop. Smuxi is based on the...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux

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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 * Stays connected even when you close...

    Free Open Source Web Self-Hosted

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    • Discontinued Shout's development has stopped early 2016 and replaced by its official community fork: . See
  • Textual icon


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

    Commercial Mac OS X

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  • Polari icon


    Polari is an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client designed for GNOME 3.

    Free Open Source Linux GNOME

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