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Textual Alternatives

Textual is described as 'is the world's most popular application for interacting with Internet Relay Chat (IRC) chatrooms on macOS' and is a IRC Client in the social & communications category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Textual for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, BSD and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is Pidgin, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Textual are SeaMonkey, HexChat, mIRC and Quassel IRC.

Textual alternatives are mainly IRC Clients but may also be Instant Messengers or Web Browsers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Textual.
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  • Mac

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

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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.

    Pidgin chat window
  2. Web-browser, advanced e-mail, newsgroup and feed client, IRC chat, and HTML editing in one application. Itis built on the open source Mozilla Gecko engine, the same code which underlies Thunderbird and is the base for the Firefox browser.

    Linux version browser


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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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  4. mIRC icon

    mIRC

    • Windows

    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 around the world.

    Main Window
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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.

    Screenshot


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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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    AdiIRC

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Wine

    c#/csharp IRC CLient. AdiIRC stores all its settings in text files, this way you can grab the adiirc folder and put in on a usb device or external harddrive. Take all your settings and servers with you everywhere!

    Default theme 1.9.0
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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.

    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated.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

    Main UI
  10. 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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