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Open Source mIRC Alternatives

The best open source alternative to mIRC is Pidgin. 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, KVIrc, Empathy and Quassel IRC.

mIRC alternatives are mainly IRC Clients but may also be Instant Messengers or Video Calling Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of mIRC.
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  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.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsPidgin can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Multiple Account supportPidgin support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    ⚫︎ PortablePidgin can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Most users think Pidgin is a great alternative to mIRC.
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    HexChat

    • FreeOpen Source
    • 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.

    ⚫︎ PortableHexChat can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Almost everyone thinks HexChat is a great alternative to mIRC.

    Similar to Mirc but less complex

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    Open source, light and customizable, i recommend it

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    KVIrc

    • 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.

    ⚫︎ PortableKVIrc can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Almost everyone thinks KVIrc is a great alternative to mIRC.

    It's free, has certain nice extra features and a better scripting language.

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    Good features, very stable and free, aside from mIRC there's nothing better out there.

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  4. 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.

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    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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    Quassel IRC

    • 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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    irssi

    • 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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    XChat for Linux

    • 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.

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    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.8.8, released in May 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    WeeChat

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Haiku
    • Xfce

    WeeChat is a free chat client, fast and light, designed for many operating systems. It is highly customizable and extensible with scripts.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceWeeChat either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsWeeChat can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    ZeroChat

    • 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.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedZeroChat is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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    Discontinued

    Last update on github made over 5 years (March 13, 2016).

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    Kiwi IRC

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    • 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.

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    It's clearly an IRC application. Just because it can be self-hosted doesn't change that.

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