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mIRC Alternatives for Linux

mIRC is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative 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 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux 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.

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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.

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    HexChat vs mIRC opinions
    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.

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    KVIrc vs mIRC opinions
    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.

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

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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.

    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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    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.

    Discontinued

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

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    Konversation

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

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

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