Web-IRC Alternatives

    Web-IRC is described as 'The goal for this project is to become the best in-browser IRC client available, and bring the best ideas from modern web applications to IRC. It was inspired by a request for improvements to qwebirc by Paul Irish' and is an app in the Social & Communications category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Web-IRC for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Online / Web-based and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is Pidgin, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Web-IRC are HexChat (Free, Open Source), mIRC (Paid), Quassel IRC (Free, Open Source) and irssi (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Mar 12, 2019

    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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      • FreeOpen Source
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      • 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. HexChat was originally called XChat-WDK which in turn was a successor of freakschat.
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      • 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.
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      • Self-Hosted
      Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client based on the Qt4 framework.
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      • Cygwin
      Irssi is a terminal based IRC client for UNIX systems. It also supports SILC and ICB protocols via plugins.
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      • 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      The program is no longer updated.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.

      • FreeOpen Source
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      • 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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    2. WeeChat is a fast, light and extensible chat client. It runs on many platforms (including Linux, BSD and Mac OS).
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      • 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.
    3. Textual is the world's most popular application for interacting with Internet Relay Chat (IRC) chatrooms on macOS.
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