Comparison of Internet Relay Chat clients

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The following tables compare general and technical information between a number of IRC client programs which have been discussed in independent published literature.

General[edit]

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

Client Primary developers Distribution model Software license User interface Programming language
AdiIRC[1] Per Amundsen Freeware Proprietary GUI .NET Framework/C#
Adium Thijs Alkemade Free software GPL-2.0-or-later GUI Objective-C and C
Ambassador[2] Isengrim Free software MPL GUI[Note 1] JavaScript, XUL
AndroIRC[3] Madalynn Freeware Proprietary GUI ?
Bersirc[4] Jamie Frater, Nicholas Copeland Free software LGPL GUI C (Delphi originally)
BitchX Colten Edwards Free software BSD TUI, GUI C
ChatZilla James Ross, Robert Ginda, Samuel Sieb, Gijs Kruitbosch Free software MPL, GPL, LGPL
tri-license
GUI[Note 2] JavaScript, XUL
Colloquy Timothy Hatcher, Kiji Roshi Free software Desktop: GPL
Mobile: BSD
GUI Objective-C
ERC Alexander L. Belikoff, Sergey Berezin Free software GPL-3.0-or-later TUI, GUI Emacs Lisp
F-IRC Folkert van Heusden Free software GPL TUI C++
GrumpyChat[5] Petr Bena Free software LGPL GUI C++
HexChat[6] Berke Viktor Free software GPL-2.0-or-later TUI, GUI C
IceChat[7][8] Paul Vanderzee Free software GPL GUI C# (Visual Basic until 2004)[9]
Igloo[10] Jordan Koch Commercial Proprietary GUI Swift
Instantbird Florian Quèze Free software GPL GUI C/C++, JavaScript, CSS, XUL
IRCCloud[11] IRCCloud Ltd. Freemium Proprietary Web JavaScript frontend, Erlang backend
ircII Michael Sandrof Free software BSD TUI C
IRCjr Michael Brutman Free software GPLv3 TUI C++
Ircle Onno Tijdgat Commercial, 30-day trial Proprietary GUI C
Irssi Timo Sirainen Free software GPL-2.0-or-later TUI C
Kiwi IRC Darren Whitlen Free software Apache-2.0 Web JavaScript frontend, Node.js backend
kirc Michael Czigler Free software GPL TUI C
KVIrc Szymon Stefanek Free software GPL GUI C++
Konversation KDE Free software GPL-2.0-or-later GUI C++
LeafChat[12] Samuel Marshall Free software GPL-3.0-or-later GUI Java
LimeChat[13][14][15] Satoshi Nakagawa Free software GPL-2.0-only[16] GUI RubyCocoa (2007–2010)[15][16]
Objective-C (2010–)[17]
Linkinus Conceited Software Commercial, 15-day trial Proprietary GUI Objective-C
Mibbit Jimmy Moore Textual Adbar Proprietary Web JavaScript frontend,
Java backend
mIRC Khaled Mardam-Bey Shareware, 30-day trial[18] Proprietary GUI C/C++[19]
Monochrome[20] Peter Pawlowski Free software GPL-2.0-only GUI C#
Nettalk Nicolas Kruse Free software Apache-2.0 GUI Visual Basic
Pidgin Free software GPL-2.0-or-later GUI C
PIRCH Shareware Proprietary GUI Delphi
PJIRC Philippe Detournay Free software GPL GUI Java
Quassel Manuel Nickschas, Marcus Eggenberger, Alexander von Renteln Free software GPL-2.0-or-3.0 TUI[Note 3], GUI[Note 4] C++
qwebirc Chris Porter Free software GPL-2.0-only Web JavaScript front end,
Python backend
rcirc Ryan Yeske Free software GPL-3.0-or-later TUI Emacs Lisp
Smuxi Mirco Bauer Free software GPL-2.0-or-later GUI, TUI, server[Note 4] C#
Snak Kent Sorensen Commercial Proprietary GUI ?
Thunderbird Mozilla Foundation Free software MPL-2.0 GUI C, C++, JavaScript
Tiny Free software MIT License TUI Rust
Visual IRC Jesse McGrew Free software GPL GUI Delphi
WeeChat Sebastien Helleu Free software GPL-3.0-or-later TUI, GUI[Note 5] C
Client Primary developers Distribution model Software license User interface Programming language
  1. ^ Can be used as a standalone application or as part of a XUL-based web browser
  2. ^ Can be installed as part of a web browser
  3. ^ Incomplete, proof of concept
  4. ^ a b Separate client and daemon
  5. ^ No official GUI, several options available (e.g. Glowing Bear, a web frontend)

Release history[edit]

A brief overview of the release history.

First public release First stable release Latest stable release
Client Date Version Date Version
AdiIRC 2005 1.0 3.5 (June 30, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-06-30)[21]) [±]
Bersirc 1999 2.2.14 (12 August 2005; 16 years ago (2005-08-12)) [±]
BitchX 1996 1.2.1 (November 14, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-11-14)) [±]
ChatZilla 2001 0.9.93 (November 8, 2016; 4 years ago (2016-11-08)[22]) [±]
Colloquy 2005 2.4.3 (6011) (March 22, 2014; 7 years ago (2014-03-22)) [±]
degesch 2015 0.9 2015 0.9
DMDirc 2007 0.7 (January 5, 2013; 8 years ago (2013-01-05)[23]) [±]
ERC 1999? ERC improvements are now released as part of Emacs. [±]
F-IRC 2006? 0.1 1.36 (February 23, 2014)
HexChat 2009-10-04 r249 2009-10-09 2.86.0 2.14.3 (December 20, 2019; 21 months ago (2019-12-20)) [±]
HydraIRC 2002 0.3.165 (December 12, 2008; 12 years ago (2008-12-12)) [±]
IceChat 2002 3.0 2002-04-08 3.0 9.51 (July 14, 2021; 2 months ago (2021-07-14)) [±]
ircII 1990 20190117 (January 17, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-01-17)) [±]
IRCjr 2008 2008 mTCP_2020-03-07 (March 7, 2020; 18 months ago (2020-03-07)[24]) [±]
Ircle 1995 3.5a6 (November 17, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-11-17)) [±]
Irssi 1999 1.2.3 (April 11, 2021; 5 months ago (2021-04-11)) [±][25]
jIRCii ? ? ?
kirc 2020 0.0.1
KVIrc 1998 0.6.0 1999-12-21 1.0.0 5.0.0 (January 1, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-01-01)[26]) [±]
Konversation 2002 21.08.1[27] Edit this on Wikidata 27 August 2021; 25 days ago (27 August 2021)
LeafChat ? 1.0 2.5 (July 29, 2012; 9 years ago (2012-07-29)) [±]
LimeChat 2007 Mavericks / Mountain Lion

2.43 (January 26, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-01-26)[28]) [±]

Lion
2.38 (September 12, 2013; 8 years ago (2013-09-12)) [±]

Linkinus 2007 2.4.3 (August 23, 2011; 10 years ago (2011-08-23)[29]) [±]
Mibbit 2008 web application, no version
mIRC 1995 7.66 (29 June 2021; 2 months ago (2021-06-29)[30]) [±]
Nettalk 2004 6.7.16 (October 30, 2012; 8 years ago (2012-10-30)[31]) [±]
PIRCH 1995 1.0.1.1190 (January 1, 2001; 20 years ago (2001-01-01)) [±]
PJIRC 2002 2.2.1 (November 29, 2004; 16 years ago (2004-11-29)) [±]
Quassel 2008-08-27 0.3.0 0.13.1 (February 18, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-02-18)) [±]
qwebirc 2009 0.81 0.92 (February 13, 2012; 9 years ago (2012-02-13)) [±]
rIRC 2010 Preview Release 1 2012 1.44 1.4.4 (January 16, 2012)
Scrollback 2013 2013
rcirc ? ? rcirc improvements are now released as part of Emacs. [±]
Smuxi 2008-07-29 0.6 2010-09-03 0.8 1.1 (February 12, 2021; 7 months ago (2021-02-12)) [±]
Snak 1997 5.3.4 (March 11, 2012; 9 years ago (2012-03-11)[32]) [±]
Visual IRC 1995 2.0pl2 (December 30, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-12-30)) [±][33]
WeeChat 2003 3.3 (September 19, 2021; 2 days ago (2021-09-19)[34]) [±]
Client Date Version Date Version Latest stable release
First public release First stable release

Operating system support[edit]

The operating systems on which the clients can run natively (without emulation).

Client Windows 7, Vista XP, 2000 NT 4.0 NT 3.x Me, 98 95 3.1x ReactOS macOS (Intel/PPC) OS 9 OS 8 System 7 (PPC/68k) BeOS, Haiku OS/2, eCS, ArcaOS AmigaOS (68k) AmigaOS 4, MorphOS (PPC) DOS
Bersirc Yes Yes ? No ? ? No ? ? No No No No No No No No
BitchX Yes[Note 1] Yes[Note 1] Yes[Note 1] No Yes[Note 1] Yes[Note 1] No ? Yes No No No ? Yes Yes Yes No
ChatZilla Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes No
Colloquy No No No No No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No
degesch No No No No No No No No ? No No No No No No No No
ERC Yes Yes ? No ? ? No ? Yes No No No No No ? ? ?
HexChat Yes Dropped (2.9.5) No No No No No No No No No No ? No No No No
HydraIRC Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
IceChat Yes Dropped (9.50) No No Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No
IRCCloud Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
ircII Yes[Note 1] Yes[Note 1] Yes[Note 1] No Yes[Note 1] Yes[Note 1] No ? Yes No No No No No No ? No
IRCjr No Yes[Note 2] Yes[Note 2] No No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes
Ircle No No No No No No No No Yes[Note 3] Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
Irssi Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No ? Yes No No No Yes Yes ? Yes No
jIRCii Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes No ? Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ? Yes No
KiwiIRC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Konversation Partial Partial Partial No Partial Partial No ? Partial No No No No No No No No
KVIrc Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes[38] Yes Yes No No No Yes[39] No No No
LeafChat Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No
LimeChat No No No No No No No No Yes[Note 4] No No No No No No No No
Linkinus No No No No No No No No Yes[Note 3] No No No No No No No No
Mibbit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
mIRC Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes Yes Partial ? No No No No No No No No No
Nettalk Yes Yes ? No Partial[Note 5] No No ? No No No No No No No No No
PIRCH Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes ? No No No No No No No No No
PJIRC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No No No
Quassel Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes No No No No Yes No No No
qwebirc Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
rIRC Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? No No No No No No No No No
rcirc Yes Yes ? ? No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No
Scrollback Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Smuxi Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No
Snak No No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes ? No No No No No
Visual IRC Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No ? No No No No No No No No No
WeeChat Partial[Note 1] Partial[Note 1] Partial[Note 1] No Partial[Note 1] Partial[Note 1] No ? Yes No No No Partial No No No No
Client Windows 7, Vista XP, 2000 NT 4.0 NT 3.x Me, 98 95 3.1x ReactOS OS X (Intel/PPC) OS 9 OS 8 System 7 (PPC/68k) BeOS, Haiku OS/2, eCS AmigaOS (68k) AmigaOS 4, MorphOS (PPC) DOS
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Requires Cygwin[35][36]
  2. ^ a b Requires SwsVpkt[37]
  3. ^ a b Requires OS X v10.4.3 or later
  4. ^ Requires RubyCocoa 1.0.0 or later
  5. ^ Does not support Windows 95 or Windows 98[40]

Unix and Unix-like operating systems:

Client 386BSD BSD/OS (BSD/386, BSDI) FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD SunOS ULTRIX AIX A/UX HP-UX IRIX SCO OpenServer Solaris UnixWare Linux NeXTSTEP OpenVMS OSF/1 QNX Tru64 UNIX
Bersirc ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? No ? ? ?
BitchX ? Yes[Note 1] Yes[Note 1] Yes[Note 1] Yes[Note 1] Yes[Note 1] ? Yes[Note 1] Yes[Note 1] ? Yes[Note 1] Yes Yes[Note 1] Yes ? Yes[Note 1] Yes[Note 1] ?
ChatZilla No No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
Colloquy No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
degesch ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ?
DMDIrc Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ERC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
HexChat ? ? Yes Yes ? Yes ? Yes Yes ? Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? Yes
HydraIRC No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
IceChat No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
IRCCloud Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ircII Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes
IRCjr No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Ircle No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Irssi Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
KiwiIRC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Konversation ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? Yes
KVIrc ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ?
LeafChat No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No No No No No
LimeChat No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Linkinus No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Mibbit ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? Yes
mIRC No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Nettalk No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
PIRCH No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
PJIRC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Quassel ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ?
qwebirc ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? Yes
rcirc Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Smuxi ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ?
Snak No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Visual IRC No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
WeeChat ? ? Yes[Note 2] ? ? ? ? Yes Partial[Note 3] ? Yes[Note 2] ? Yes ? ? ? Yes[Note 2] ?
Client 386BSD BSD/OS (BSD/386, BSDI) FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD SunOS ULTRIX AIX A/UX HP-UX IRIX SCO OpenServer Solaris UnixWare Linux NeXTSTEP OpenVMS OSF/1 QNX Tru64 UNIX
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k BitchX is known to work on BSDI 2.0, 2.1, 3.1, 4.0; FreeBSD 2.x, 3.x, 4.0; NetBSD 3.x, 4.x; SunOS 4.1.4; Ultrix; AIX; HP-UX 9.x, 10.x; IRIX 5.x, 6.x; Solaris 5.x and later; Linux; OSF/1 (DEC Alpha); QNX
  2. ^ a b c WeeChat tested on FreeBSD 4.11, 5.4, 6.0; NetBSD 2.0, 2.1; OpenBSD 3.6, 3.7, 3.8; Solaris 5.10; QNX 6.3[41]
  3. ^ In development[41]

Protocol support[edit]

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

Client CTCP DCC IPv6 SSL TLS DANE OCSP CRL SASL OTR
Bersirc ? Partial No No ? ? ? ? ? No
BitchX Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? No
ChatZilla Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes script No
Colloquy Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? Yes No[42]
degesch Yes Yes Yes No Yes ? ? ? ? No
DMDirc Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? No
ERC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes[Note 1] No
HexChat Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes[Note 2]
HydraIRC Yes Yes ? No No ? No No ? No
IceChat Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes No
IRCCloud Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No
ircII Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? No
IRCjr Yes No No No No ? No No No No
Ircle Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? No
Irssi Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes Yes[43]
jIRCii Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? No
KiwiIRC Yes No Yes Yes Yes ? No No Yes No
Konversation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes No
KVIrc Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? No No Yes No
LimeChat ? Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? Yes No
Linkinus Yes Yes No Yes ? ? ? ? No No
Mibbit ? Partial[Note 3][Note 4] No Yes ? ? ? ? Yes No
mIRC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes No
Nettalk Yes Yes No No ? ? ? ? ? No
PIRCH Yes Yes No No ? ? ? ? ? No
PJIRC ? Yes No No ? ? ? ? ? No
Quassel Yes No Yes Yes Yes ? No No Yes No[44]
qwebirc Yes No No Yes No ? No No No No
rcirc Partial No No Yes Yes ? ? ? ? No
Scrollback Partial No Yes Yes ? ? ? ? No No
Smuxi Yes No Yes Yes ? ? ? ? No No[45]
Snak Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? No
Visual IRC Yes Yes No No ? ? ? ? ? No
WeeChat Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes[46][47][Note 2]
Client CTCP DCC IPv6 SSL TLS DANE OCSP CRL SASL OTR
  1. ^ Supported via patch
  2. ^ a b Supported via plugin
  3. ^ Cannot send files, can receive files up to 2 MB only
  4. ^ DCC does not always succeed at this stage

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

Client CHAT Whiteboard SEND RESUME TSEND SEND T XMIT Passive DCC Server RDCC REVERSE RSEND Reverse / Firewall DCC File servers (FSERVs) XDCC VOICE
Bersirc ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
BitchX Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes ? No No ? ? ? ? ? Yes ?
ChatZilla Yes No Yes No[48] ? ? No No[Note 1] No No No No No No ? ?
Colloquy Yes ? Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes No ? ? ? ? ? Yes ?
degesch No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
DMDirc Yes No Yes Yes ? ? No Yes No No No No Yes No No ?
ERC Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
HexChat Yes No Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ?
HydraIRC Yes No Yes Yes ? ? No ? ? ? ? ? ? No No ?
IceChat Yes No Yes ? ? ? No ? ? ? ? ? ? No No ?
IRCCloud No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
ircII ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
IRCjr No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No ?
Ircle ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Irssi Yes No Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
KiwiIRC No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No ?
Konversation Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes No ? ? ? Yes ? Yes ?
KVIrc Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes[Note 2] Yes[Note 2] Yes[Note 3]
LimeChat ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Linkinus ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes No ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Mibbit No ? ? ? ? ? ? No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
mIRC Yes ? Yes Yes[Note 4] ? ? ? Yes Yes Yes[Note 5] ? ? Yes Yes Yes[Note 5] ?
Nettalk Yes No Yes Yes No No No No Partial No No No No ? ? ?
PIRCH Yes No Yes Yes[Note 4] ? ? No No No No No No No No No ?
PJIRC Yes No Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Quassel No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No ?
qwebirc No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No ?
rcirc No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No ?
Smuxi ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Snak Yes ? Yes Yes ? Yes ? No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Visual IRC ? Yes ? Yes[Note 4] ? ? ? Yes No ? ? ? Yes ? ? Yes[Note 3]
WeeChat Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? No No ? ? ? ? ? Yes ?
  1. ^ Planned for a later version
  2. ^ a b Supported via scripting
  3. ^ a b Incompatible with other IRC clients[49]
  4. ^ a b c Supports the DCC Resume protocol[50]
  5. ^ a b Supported via a script[51]

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
Bersirc Yes No ? ? ? N/A
BitchX Yes No ? ? ? Enhanced IrcII script
ChatZilla Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes JavaScript
Colloquy Yes Yes ? Yes Yes[Note 1] AppleScript, Cocoa, F-Script, JavaScript, Python
degesch Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A Lua
DMDirc Yes Partial ? Yes Yes Custom Actions system, Java plugins
ERC Yes Yes Yes[Note 2] ? Yes[Note 3] Emacs Lisp
HexChat Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Perl, Python, Tcl, Lua[Note 4], JavaScript, C, C++, and via D-Bus.
HydraIRC Yes Yes ? ? Yes No
IceChat Yes Yes No Yes Yes VBScript
ircII Yes Yes[Note 5] ? ? ? IrcII script
IRCjr No No No No No N/A
IRCCloud Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A JavaScript
Ircle Yes No ? ? ? AppleScript
Irssi Yes Yes Yes No No Perl
jIRCii Yes Yes Yes ? No Sleep
KiwiIRC Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A JavaScript, Node.js
Konversation Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Shell script, Ruby, Python, Perl, Java, C++, C#, JavaScript[Note 6]
KVIrc Yes Yes Yes Yes No KVS (custom), Perl, Python, C++
LeafChat Yes Yes ? N/A Yes Java
LimeChat Yes Yes ? ? ? N/A
Linkinus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes AppleScript, Cocoa
Mibbit Yes Yes ? Yes N/A N/A
mIRC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[Note 7] mIRC script
Nettalk Yes Yes SOCKS Yes Yes VBScript, custom
PIRCH Yes No ? ? No Yes
PJIRC Yes Yes ? ? No Partial, JavaScript
Quassel Yes Yes Yes ? No No
qwebirc No Yes No Yes Yes No
rcirc Yes Yes ? ? No Emacs Lisp
Smuxi Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes (language agnostic)
Snak Yes Yes ? ? ? AppleScript, IrcII script
Visual IRC Yes No ? ? ? Versus
WeeChat Yes Yes Yes Yes ? C, Perl, Python, Ruby, Lua, Tcl, Scheme (Guile)
Client Multi-server UTF-8 Proxy server irc:// URI scheme Automatic updates Scripting language
  1. ^ Automatically updates via the Sparkle framework
  2. ^ Can be added with separate packages.
  3. ^ Supports automatic updates via the Emacs package manager
  4. ^ Since 2.9.5 HexChat is shipped only with Perl and Python.
  5. ^ Supported as of version 20050921
  6. ^ Any language which supports DCOP may be used for Konversation scripting. Virtually any language can be made to support Konversation scripting by executing the command line "dcop" program.
  7. ^ Only looks for updates, they need to be manually downloaded and installed.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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