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    HexChat Alternatives

    HexChat is described as 'IRC client based on XChat for Linux , but unlike XChat it’s completely free for both Windows and Unix-like systems' and is a very popular IRC Client in the Social & Communications category. There are more than 50 alternatives to HexChat 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 HexChat are Adium (Free, Open Source), mIRC (Paid), Quassel IRC (Free, Open Source) and KVIrc (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 18, 2020

    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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      Pidgin vs HexChat opinions
      Some users think Pidgin is a great alternative to HexChat, some don't.
      Pidgin has IRC features, but it is a very poor implementation due to the entire program being focused on Instant Messaging
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      AntumDeluge It has a fully featured IRC client functionality.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      artyhedgehog Pidgin is more for IM protocols in general like XMPP, ICQ etc., while HexChat is for IRC chat.
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

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    2. Adium is a free and open source instant messaging application for Mac OS X, written using Mac OS Xs Cocoa API, released under the GNU GPL and developed by the Adium team.
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      Adium vs HexChat opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Is an instant messenger, not an IRC client
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    3. 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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
      Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client based on the Qt4 framework.
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      Quassel IRC vs HexChat opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      AntumDeluge It is a full IRC client, just like HexChat.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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    4. 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 of many IRC addicted developers around the world.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Cygwin
      Irssi is a terminal based IRC client for UNIX systems. It also supports SILC and ICB protocols via plugins.
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    5. 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.

      XChat for Linux vs HexChat opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      AntumDeluge HexChat is a fork of XChat. They are both fully featured IRC clients.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      • Wine
      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 your settings and servers with you everywhere!
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      AdiIRC vs HexChat opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Hexchat crashes and have some bugs. also AdiIRC has a portable version
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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    6. WeeChat is a fast, light and extensible chat client. It runs on many platforms (including Linux, BSD and Mac OS).
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      • Python
      • JavaScript
      • ZeroNet
      An IRC-like internet chatroom hosted on ZeroNet, a distributed network. 0rc is a fully distributed website, and messages are shared through peers using the ZeroNet stack. In addition, making a new chatroom website is a simple as downloading the files and cloning the site.

      Discontinued

      Last update on github made over 5 years (March 13, 2016).

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