Subway Alternatives

    The most popular 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 Subway so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Subway alternatives are HexChat (Free, Open Source), irssi (Free, Open Source), mIRC (Paid) and Quassel IRC (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Oct 6, 2020

    • 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.
    • HexChat is an IRC client based on XChat for Linux , but unlike XChat it’s completely free for both Windows and Unix-like systems.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      • Xfce
      • MacPorts
      • XQuartz


    • Irssi is a terminal based IRC client for UNIX systems. It also supports SILC and ICB protocols via plugins.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Cygwin
    • mIRC is a popular Internet Relay Chat client used by millions of people, and thousands of organizations, to communicate, share, play and work with each other on IRC networks...
      • Windows
    • Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client based on the Qt4 framework.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
    • 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      The program is no longer updated.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.

      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • WeeChat is a fast, light and extensible chat client. It runs on many platforms (including Linux, BSD and Mac OS). WeeChat is:
    • 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.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
    • 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.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      • Python
      • JavaScript
      • ZeroNet
    • Textual is the world's most popular application for interacting with Internet Relay Chat (IRC) chatrooms on macOS.
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      • Mac