Kiwi IRC Alternatives

    Kiwi IRC is described as '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 connect to any IRC network' and is an app in the Social & Communications category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Kiwi IRC 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 Kiwi IRC are HexChat (Free, Open Source), mIRC (Paid), Quassel IRC (Free, Open Source) and irssi (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 16, 2021

    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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      • Xfce
      • MacPorts
      • XQuartz
      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 originally called XChat-WDK which in turn was a successor of freakschat.
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      • Windows
      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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      mIRC vs Kiwi IRC opinions
      This alternative is disputed. mIRC is still a legitimate alternative to Kiwi IRC, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Tim_B mIRC is a client software while Kiwi IRC is entirely web based.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

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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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      • 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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • 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 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.

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      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
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Chrome OS
      • Windows Phone
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      • Git
      • Cloudron
      • Node.JS
      • npm
      The Lounge is a web IRC client that you host on your own server. This is the official, community-managed fork of @erming's great initiative, the Shout project.
    2. 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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