Alternatives to lightIRC for all platforms with any license

  • mIRC

    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

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  • irssi

    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

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  • 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...

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated.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

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  • ZeroChat

    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...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web Self-Hosted ... Python JavaScript ZeroNet

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  • Konversation

    Konversation is an IRC client which gives you speedy access to Freenode network's channels, where you will find support for most distributions.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Qwebirc

    qwebirc is a web based AJAX IRC client.

    Free Open Source Windows Linux BSD Self-Hosted

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  • Mibbit

    No Java, no flash. With Mibbit, chatting online is easy, just choose your nickname and press go! No sign-up is required and you can use it from wherever you are with...

    Free Web

    No features added Add a feature

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  • X-Chat 2 for Windows

    A freeware build of X-Chat for windows, as opposed to the official 30-day-trial shareware Windows build.

    • Discontinued Author announed EOL on homepage.

    Free Windows

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  • Convos

    Convos is the simplest way to use IRC. It is always online, and accessible to your web browser, both on desktop and mobile.

    Free Open Source Web Self-Hosted

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  • jsIRC

    jsIRC is written using Socket.IO, node.js, jQuery Title Alert and Sencha ExtJS, relying on string.js, Lo-Dash and PhantomJS. Implemented Features: * Webcam Chat *...

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer accessible and the GitHub repo hasn't been updated since May 17th, 2015.

    Free Open Source Web Self-Hosted Socket.io Node.JS jQuery

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