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    MetroIRC Alternatives

    MetroIRC is described as 'An IRC client for the Windows desktop which follows the Metro design guidelines' and is a IRC Client in the Social & Communications category. There are more than 50 alternatives to MetroIRC for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is Jitsi, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like MetroIRC are Pidgin (Free, Open Source), Hangouts (Free), HexChat (Free, Open Source) and Facebook Messenger (Free).

    This page was last updated Sep 13, 2021

    1. The goal of Gajim is to provide a full featured and easy to use XMPP client. Gajim works nicely with GNOME, but does not require it to run. It is released under the GNU General Public License.
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    2. Digsby is a multiprotocol IM client that lets you chat with all your friends on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber with one simple to manage buddy list.

      Discontinued

      The application is not developed actively anymore. The source code has been made open for the community to take over but that didn't make any impact: https://github.com/ifwe/digsby | https://web.archive.org/web/20121205002331/http://blog.digsby.com/archives/1969/

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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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    3. 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      The program is no longer updated.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.

    4. Miranda New Generation is a successor of a popular multi-protocol instant messaging client for Windows - Miranda IM . Very light on system resources and extremely fast.
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Online
      • Windows Mobile
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Java Mobile
      • Symbian S60
      • HP webOS
      • Blackberry
      • Android Tablet
      • Windows Phone
      • iPad
      • Kindle Fire
      Chat everywhere! IM+ is the most widely used mobile IM app! Connect all-in-one to MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, AIM, Jabber, ICQ, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter on ALL popular mobile platforms.
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    5. 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
      • Hangouts
      What does it do: * Send/receive chat messages * Create/change conversations (rename, add people) * Leave/delete conversation * Notifications * Toggle notifications on/off * Drag-drop, copy-paste or attach-button for image upload.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      An instant messaging application for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X that connects to the free, open XMPP network.
    6. Messenger for Desktop is a wrapper for the official client messenger.com. Therefore it works like a regular browser which can only navigate to the messenger.com web app. MFD doesn't touch your messages, account or personal data. All that is handled securely by Facebook.

      Bundleware

      Be careful during the installation: Forum

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