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mIRC Alternatives for Mac

mIRC is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac 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 Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to mIRC are KVIrc, Quassel IRC, irssi and WeeChat.

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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    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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    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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    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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  5. 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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    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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    Textual

    • Mac

    Textual is the world's most popular application for interacting with Internet Relay Chat (IRC) chatrooms on macOS.

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    Smuxi

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Smuxi is an irssi-inspired, flexible, user-friendly and cross-platform IRC client for sophisticated users, targeting the GNOME desktop.

    Discontinued

    The last activity in the Smuxi project was in 2015

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    LimeChat

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    LimeChat is an IRC client for Windows, Mac OS X and iOS.

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    Chatzilla

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • SeaMonkey
    • Firefox

    ChatZilla is a clean, easy to use and highly extensible Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client, built on the Mozilla platform, which provides all the usual features: multiple servers, a built-in list of standard networks, easy searching and sorting of available channels, logging, and...

    Discontinued

    Discontinued since 2017. From their website: “With the release of Firefox 57 (Firefox Quantum), it is no longer possible for ChatZilla to work as an extension in Firefox.”

    ChatZilla in the #chatzilla support channel.
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