Comparison of mobile Internet Relay Chat clients

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The following tables compare general and technical information between a number of IRC client programs for mobile devices. Please see the individual products articles for further information.

General[edit]

Basic general information about the clients: creator/company, license/price etc. Clients listed on a light purple background are no longer in active development.

Client Primary developers Cost Software license User interface Programming language Computing platform Website
AndroidChat[1] Free software GNU GPL TUI, GUI Java Android [1]
AndChat[1] Freeware Proprietary software TUI, GUI Java Android [2]
Mobile Colloquy Kiji Roshi US$1.99 BSD License GUI Objective-C iOS [3]
CoolIRC[Note 1] Free software GNU GPL GUI Java Java ME[Note 2] [4] (archive)
Dump Chat Mark Marszal US$2.99 Proprietary software GUI Objective-C iOS [5]
EbIRC Shin Ise, Nobuhiro Ito Freeware
iPhone: US$3
Proprietary software GUI ? iOS, Windows Mobile [6]
fIRC Laurence Muller Free software GNU GPL GUI Java Android [7]
Foo IRC US$1.49 Proprietary software GUI C# Windows Phone [8]
JedIrc[Note 1] Free software GNU GPL GUI Java Java ME[Note 3] [9]
IRC7 US$1.49 Proprietary software GUI C# Windows Phone [10]
IRC999 Babylon999 Free software ? GUI ? iOS [11]
IRCCloud IRCCloud Ltd. Freeware ? GUI ? iOS, Android [12]
jmIrc Juho Vähä-Herttua Free software GNU GPL GUI Java Java ME [13]
k-IRC[Note 4] Armond Avanes Free software GNU GPL GUI Java Java ME [14]
Mango IRC Mediaware, Pavel Kanzelsberger iPhone: US$0.99
iPad: US$1.99
Universal: US$2.99[Note 5]
Lite version for iPhone: Freeware
Proprietary software GUI ? iOS [15]
microirc Free software GNU GPL GUI C ? Windows Mobile 5 (and above) [16]
mirggi Symbiatch Free software Freeware GUI C++ Symbian [17]
MtvIRC[Note 1] Free software GNU GPL GUI Java Java ME [18]
Palaver Kyle Fuller US$2.99 Proprietary software GUI Objective-C iOS [19]
PSPIRC Ludovic Jacomme Free software GNU GPL GUI C PlayStation Portable [20]
Relay IRC Gyresoft Limited US$2.99 Proprietary software GUI Objective-C iOS [21]
upIRC[Note 6] Shareware US$10 Proprietary software GUI ? Palm OS[Note 7] [22]
Virca Free software GNU GPL TUI Java Java ME [23]
wIRC Free software GNU GPL GUI C & JavaScript WebOS [24]
WirelessIRC Demoware US$20 Proprietary software GUI ? Symbian [25]
WLIrc Sverre Kristian Valskrå Free software GNU LGPL GUI Java Java ME [26]
Yaaic[Note 8] Sebastian Kaspari Free software GNU GPL GUI Java Android [27]
zsIRC Gargaj Free software 3-clause BSD GUI C++ Windows Mobile [28]
Client Primary developers Cost Software license User interface Programming language Computing platform Website
  1. ^ a b c Based on jmIrc
  2. ^ MIDP 1.0 and 2.0
  3. ^ MIDP 2.0 only
  4. ^ Uses the Relay-IRC framework
  5. ^ Mango IRC Universal runs on iPhone and iPad
  6. ^ Formerly apIRC
  7. ^ Palm OS 3.0 or later, Palm OS 5 compatible
  8. ^ Uses the PircBot framework

Release history[edit]

A brief overview of the release history.

Client First public release First stable release Latest stable release
Date Version Date Version
AndroidChat 2008 2008-12-29 (December 29, 2008; 6 years ago (2008-12-29)) [±]
AndChat June 14, 2009 0.05 1.3.4.1 (January 9, 2011; 4 years ago (2011-01-09)[10]) [±]
Colloquy (software) January 28, 2009 1.0 2.4.3 (6011) (March 22, 2014; 13 months ago (2014-03-22)) [±]
CoolIRC 3.1 (June 16, 2007; 7 years ago (2007-06-16)) [±]
Dump Chat May 18, 2013 1.0 May 18, 2013 1.0 Template:Latest stable software release/Dump Chat
EbIRC September 24, 2006 0.01 0.19 (February 18, 2009; 6 years ago (2009-02-18)) [±]
Foo IRC May, 2014 2.5 Template:Latest stable software release/Foo IRC
fIRC December 22, 2008 0.1.0 0.2.11 (March 26, 2009; 6 years ago (2009-03-26)) [±]
IRC7 September 5, 2011 1.7 (February 10, 2012; 3 years ago (2012-02-10)) [±]
JedIrc 2007 3.2.4 (June 17, 2009; 5 years ago (2009-06-17)) [±]
jmIrc May 14, 2004 0.60 0.96 (November 23, 2009; 5 years ago (2009-11-23)) [±]
k-IRC August 20, 2002 1.0 1.1 (October 4, 2003; 11 years ago (2003-10-04)) [±]
MtvIRC 2.3 (June 12, 2009; 5 years ago (2009-06-12)) [±]
Palaver August 24, 2012 1.0 August 24, 2012 1.0 1.1 (February 15, 2013; 2 years ago (2013-02-15)) [±]
PSPIRC July 20, 2007 1.0.1 1.6 (September 12, 2007; 7 years ago (2007-09-12)) [±]
Relay IRC March 19, 2014 1.0 March 19, 2014 1.0 1.0 (March 19, 2014; 13 months ago (2014-03-19)) [±]
upIRC September 18, 2001 1.0.0 3.8.3 (September 3, 2004; 10 years ago (2004-09-03)) [±]
Virca 2003 0.0.1 1.1.20 (November 22, 2004; 10 years ago (2004-11-22)) [±]
wIRC 0.3.2 (September 6, 2010; 4 years ago (2010-09-06)[11]) [±]
WirelessIRC 1.22 (June 12, 2007; 7 years ago (2007-06-12)) [±]
WLIrc September 15, 2003 0.90 2.0.1 (August 16, 2007; 7 years ago (2007-08-16)) [±]
Yaaic March 14, 2010 0.1 0.9 (July 17, 2011; 3 years ago (2011-07-17)) [±]
zsIRC June 13, 2006 2009.12.26 (December 26, 2009; 5 years ago (2009-12-26)[12]) [±]
Client Date Version Date Version Latest stable release
First public release First stable release

Protocol support[edit]

What IRC related protocols and standards are supported by each client.

Client CTCP DCC IPv6 SSL TLS OCSP CRL
AndroidChat No No No No No No No
AndChat Yes No ? Yes ? ? ?
Mobile Colloquy Yes[citation needed] No[citation needed] Yes[citation needed] Yes[citation needed] Yes[citation needed] No[citation needed] No[citation needed]
CoolIRC Yes No No No No No No
Dump Chat Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
EbIRC ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
fIRC ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Foo IRC Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No
IRC7 No No No Yes Yes No No
JedIrc Yes No No No No No No
jmIrc Yes No No No No No No
k-IRC Yes No No No No No No
MtvIRC Yes No No No No No No
Palaver Yes No Yes Yes Yes ? ?
PSPIRC No No No No No No No
Relay IRC Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
upIRC Yes Yes No No No No No
Virca ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
wIRC Yes Yes No Yes Yes ? ?
WirelessIRC Yes No ? Yes ? ? ?
WLIrc Yes Yes ? No No No ?
Yaaic ? ? ? Yes ? ? ?
zsIRC Yes No No Yes Yes No No
Client CTCP DCC IPv6 SSL TLS OCSP CRL

Direct client-to-client (DCC) support[edit]

Client CHAT Whiteboard SEND GET RESUME TSEND SEND T XMIT Passive DCC Server RDCC REVERSE RSEND Reverse / Firewall DCC File servers (FSERVs) XDCC
AndroidChat No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
AndChat ? ? No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Mobile Colloquy Yes[citation needed] No No ? No No No No No No No No No No No No
CoolIRC No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Dump Chat No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
EbIRC ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Foo IRC Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Yes No No
fIRC ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
IRC7 No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
JedIrc No No No ? No No No No No No No No No No No No
jmIrc No No No ? No No No No No No No No No No No No
k-IRC No No No ? No No No No No No No No No No No No
MtvIRC No No No ? No No No No No No No No No No No No
PSPIRC No No No ? No No No No No No No No No No No No
Relay IRC No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
upIRC Yes No No ? No No No No No No No No No No No No
Virca ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
wIRC Yes No Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
WirelessIRC ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
WLIrc ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Yaaic ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
zsIRC No No No ? No No No No No No No No No No No No
Client CHAT Whiteboard SEND GET RESUME TSEND SEND T XMIT Passive DCC Server RDCC REVERSE RSEND Reverse / Firewall DCC File servers (FSERVs) XDCC

Features[edit]

Information on what features each of the clients support.

Client Multi-server UTF-8 Proxy server irc:// URI scheme Automatic updates Scripting language Push notifications
AndroidChat ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
AndChat Yes Yes ? ? Yes ? ?
Mobile Colloquy Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
CoolIRC No Yes Yes[Note 1] No No Yes ?
Dump Chat Yes Yes No No Yes No No
EbIRC ? Yes ? ? ? ? ?
Foo IRC Yes Yes No No Yes Yes ?
fIRC ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
IRC7 Yes Yes No No Yes Yes ?
JedIrc No Yes Yes[Note 1] No No Yes ?
jmIrc No Yes Yes[Note 1] No No Yes ?
k-IRC No No No No No No ?
MtvIRC No Yes Yes[Note 1] No No No ?
Palaver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[Note 2] Yes
PSPIRC No Yes No No No Yes ?
Relay IRC Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
upIRC No No No No No Yes[Note 2] ?
Virca ? Yes ? ? No ? ?
wIRC ? ? Yes ? ? ? ?
WirelessIRC ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
WLIrc ? No ? ? No ? ?
Yaaic Yes Yes No No Yes No ?
zsIRC Yes Yes No No Yes No ?
Client Multi-server UTF-8 Proxy server irc:// URI scheme Automatic updates Scripting language Push notifications
  1. ^ a b c d HTTP proxy server support
  2. ^ a b Supports "shortcut" command aliases[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Clare, Andrew (2010). The Rough Guide to Android Phones. Penguin. p. 59. 
  2. ^ "AndChat changelog". Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  3. ^ "wIRC: webOS IRC Client". Retrieved 2010-12-19. 
  4. ^ "zsIRC: Downloads". Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  5. ^ "upIRC: Shortcuts". Retrieved 2009-07-18.