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HexChat

HexChat is a fork of XChat with bug fixes and new features.

  • Windows
  • Linux
  • BSD
  • PortableApps.com
  • Xfce
  • MacPorts
  • XQuartz
Avg rating of 3.7 (7)| 7 comments

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HexChat Features

  1.  PortableHexChat can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.

HexChat information

  • LicensingOpen Source (GPL-2.0) and Free product.
  • Written in
  • RatingAverage rating of 3.7
  • Alternatives64 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

GitHub repository

  •  2,775 Stars
  •  506 Forks
  •  756 Open Issues
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Our users have written 7 comments and reviews about HexChat, and it has gotten 208 likes

HexChat was added to AlternativeTo by TheWeirdo on and this page was last updated . HexChat is sometimes referred to as XChat-WDK, XChat WDK.

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Weltall
  
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Not really much to say. Best free mIRC alternative I have found since W7. It looks nice and simple and downloads can be automated (for things I want to download through it).

I do not really chat on mIRC anymore, just visit it to download things, so at least for that, it is good enough.

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vlaker
  
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Pidgin's notifications don't work all the time.

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Guest
  
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The biggest disappointment is that it cannot do tiled or split windows like in mIRC or kvirc. It is a very signficant drawback for people accustomed to those features to the point that I (along with many others) wont adopt HexChat. Other than that, it is a decent client.

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arpeters
  
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Best fully open source IRC client software

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Guest
  
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Because is the best alternative to chatzilla

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Shigure
  
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I use it in Linux Mint and I haven't been disappointed by it. It has options like word highlighting, user name highlighting etc. The overall look is also good. It can also be minimized to tray.

Hexchat linux mint

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fredd
  
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I've used xchat2, the silverex build, the "official" build.. this is the best build for windows so far. But, it still has TONS of bugs (current git count is around 200) and the devs can barely keep up with "urgent security updates" much less making config files consistently read and write well.

The scripting APIs are good. There's a big library of scripts out there, also good. There's spellcheck.

But it's soooo buggy. Internet connection having issues? Crashes. SSL problems? Crashes. (it still doesn't do good SSL!) connected to a bouncer? Crashes.

It's not perfect. It's okay.

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HexChat platform details

Windows

All version after 2.9.4 are Windows Vista+ only

MacPorts

Requires XQuarts

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  • bonepyramidbonepyramid Upvoted a comment on HexChat
    I use it in Linux Mint and I haven't been disappointed by it. It has options like word highlighting, user name highlighting etc. The overall look is also good. It can also be minimized to tray. ![Hexchat linux mint](http://community.linuxmint.com/img/screenshots/hexchat.png)
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