Open Source mIRC Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to mIRC is Pidgin, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to mIRC and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to mIRC are HexChat (Free, Open Source), Empathy (Free, Open Source), irssi (Free, Open Source) and Quassel IRC (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 15, 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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      Most users think Pidgin is a great alternative to mIRC.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      • 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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      HexChat vs mIRC opinions
      Almost everyone thinks HexChat is a great alternative to mIRC.
      Similar to Mirc but less complex
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Open source, light and customizable, i recommend it
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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    2. Empathy is a messaging program which supports text, voice, video chat, and file transfers over many different protocols. You can tell it about your accounts on all those services and do all your chatting within one application.

      Discontinued

      Empathy is currently unmaintained. Last version, 3.25, released in August 2017, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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      • FreeOpen Source
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      • 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
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      • Self-Hosted
      Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client based on the Qt4 framework.
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      • 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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      KVIrc vs mIRC opinions
      Almost everyone thinks KVIrc is a great alternative to mIRC.
      Good features, very stable and free, aside from mIRC there's nothing better out there.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      It's free, has certain nice extra features and a better scripting language.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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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.

    3. 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
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      • 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).

      • FreeOpen Source
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      • Google Chrome
      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.
      Kiwi IRC vs mIRC opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      jcrben It's clearly an IRC application. Just because it can be self-hosted doesn't change that.
      Positive comment about 6 years ago

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