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XChat for Windows Alternatives

XChat for Windows is described as 'XChat is an IRC chat program for both Linux (Open Source) and Windows (Shareware, 30-day trial). 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' and is a IRC Client in the social & communications category. There are more than 50 alternatives to XChat for Windows for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is Thunderbird, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like XChat for Windows are Pidgin, SeaMonkey, HexChat and mIRC.

XChat for Windows alternatives are mainly IRC Clients but may also be Email Clients or Instant Messengers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of XChat for Windows.
This page was last updated Jun 7, 2022
  • Windows

XChat is an IRC chat program for both Linux (Open Source) and Windows (Shareware, 30-day trial). It allows you to join...

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  1. Thunderbird is a free, open source, cross-platform e-mail, news and instant messaging client. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox.

  2. 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.



  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.



  6. Quassel IRC

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted

    Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client based on the Qt4 framework.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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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