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Popular IRC clients

We thought we would give you a head start if you're new to IRC and wish to use a IRC client. Below is a list of the most popular IRC clients for different platforms.

Cross Platform Clients

  1. ChatZilla Firefox Add-on
  2. PJIRC (Java Applet Client)

Windows Freeware Clients

  1. HydraIRC (Beta Client)
  2. Trillian Multi-protocol Instant Messaging Client (Basic Version is Freeware)
  3. Pidgin Multi-protocol Instant Messaging Client (also available for Linux/*BSD/MacOS X/Windows/QTopia). Formerly known as Gaim
  4. AYTTM (Are You Talking To Me) Multi-protocol Instant Messaging Client (also available for Linux/*BSD/Windows(NT/2000/XP))
  5. savIRC (also available for *NIX/Windows)
  6. irssi (OpenSource) (Windows only through CygWin. Also available for Linux, *BSD, MacOSX)
  7. Vortec IRC (Beta Client)
  8. Xchat (Freeware) (From Silverex)

Windows ShareWare/PayWare Clients

  1. mIRC (Windows) (Shareware)
  2. Trillian Multi-protocol Instant Messaging Client (Pro Version is Payware)
  3. X-Chat Official Build The official build has become Payware as of August 23, 2004. For a freeware build, see above.

Linux-Unix Clients

  1. Irssi (Freeware command-line only)
  2. BitchX (Freeware Command Line IRC Client for *NIX)
  3. Pidgin Multi-protocol Instant Messaging Client (also available for Linux/*BSD/MacOS X/Windows/QTopia). Formerly known as Gaim
  4. AYTTM (Are You Talking To Me) Multi-protocol Instant Messaging Client (also available for Linux/*BSD/Windows(NT/2000/XP))
  5. XChat

Mac OSX Clients

  1. Pidgin Multi-protocol Instant Messaging Client (also available for Linux/*BSD/MacOS X/Windows/QTopia). Formerly known as Gaim
  2. X-Chat Aqua Freeware X-Chat build for Mac OSX
  3. Colloguy Graphical IRC and SILC client

Mobile Devices Clients

Java

  1. WLIrc 1.x WireLess IRC client 1.x branch
  2. WLIrc 2.x WireLess IRC client 2.x branch (requires MIDP 2.0!)
  3. jmIrc Rewrite of WLIrc.
  4. Virca :> (not under active development; last update 2004)

Windows Mobile

  1. zsIRC Free-ware IRC Client. Highly recommendable! Logging, supports multi-windowtabs, wide command range, identd (limited). Automatic On-connect and On-Join commands. SmartPhone + PocketPC!!
  2. wmIRC 2.x Pay-ware IRC Client. Highly recommendable! Logs, supports multi-windowtabs, wide command range, colours and SSL + identd (limited). SmartPhone + PocketPC!!
  3. SmartIRC.Net a (Free!) dotNet client for Windows Mobile. Good compatibility, stable, single window, startup commands supported. SmartPhone + PocketPC!!
  4. PocketIRC A (payware) PocketPC Only!!! Client
  5. PocketChat A (Free!) PocketPC Only!!! Client