HydraIRC Alternatives

    HydraIRC is described as 'open-source IRC client with an attractive and easy to use interface' and is an app in the Social & Communications category. There are more than 25 alternatives to HydraIRC for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, the Web, Self-Hosted solutions and Mac. The best alternative is HexChat, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like HydraIRC are irssi (Free, Open Source), mIRC (Paid), Quassel IRC (Free, Open Source) and XChat for Linux (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Oct 6, 2020

    • HexChat is an IRC client based on XChat for Linux , but unlike XChat it’s completely free for both Windows and Unix-like systems.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      • Xfce
      • MacPorts
      • XQuartz
    • Irssi is a terminal based IRC client for UNIX systems. It also supports SILC and ICB protocols via plugins.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Cygwin


    • 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...
      • Windows
    • Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client based on the Qt4 framework.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
    • 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      The program is no longer updated.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.

      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • 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.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      • Python
      • JavaScript
      • ZeroNet
    • A hand-crafted IRC client that you can enjoy. Designed to be used easily and freely.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      • Google Chrome
    • IRCCloud is an IRC client with a future. Stay connected, chat from anywhere, and never miss a message.
      • Freemium
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
    • 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.
      • Free
      • Windows
      • Wine
    • Chat, date, find taxis, manage projects and tasks and more all in one app.

      Mobile Node is a feature rich app that lets users to communicate securely, and since no user generated content are stored on the server-side, your privacy is guaranteed.

      Discontinued

      The official website is no longer available. Last version, 3.001.005, released in February 2017, can be still downloaded from the Google Play Store.

      • Free
      • Android