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]
Mobile Colloquy Kiji Roshi US$1.99 BSD License GUI Objective-C iOS [2]
CoolIRC Free software GNU GPL GUI Java Java ME [3] (archive)
fIRC Laurence Muller Free software GNU GPL GUI Java Android [4]
IRCCloud IRCCloud Ltd. Freeware ? GUI ? iOS, Android [5]
jmIrc Juho Vähä-Herttua Free software GNU GPL GUI Java Java ME [6]
k-IRC Armond Avanes Free software GNU GPL GUI Java Java ME [7]
microirc Free software GNU GPL GUI C ? Windows Mobile 5 (and above) [8]
Virca Free software GNU GPL TUI Java Java ME [9]
wIRC Free software GNU GPL GUI C & JavaScript WebOS [10]
WLIrc Sverre Kristian Valskrå Free software GNU LGPL GUI Java Java ME [11]
Yaaic Sebastian Kaspari Free software GNU GPL GUI Java Android [12]
Simple IRC The Linux Geek Free software GNU GPL GUI Java Android [13]
zsIRC Gargaj Free software 3-clause BSD GUI C++ Windows Mobile [14]
Client Primary developers Cost Software license User interface Programming language Computing platform Website

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; 8 years ago (2008-12-29)) [±]
Colloquy (software) January 28, 2009 1.0 2.4.3 (6011) (March 22, 2014; 3 years ago (2014-03-22)) [±]
CoolIRC 3.1 (June 16, 2007; 10 years ago (2007-06-16)) [±]
fIRC December 22, 2008 0.1.0 0.2.11 (March 26, 2009; 8 years ago (2009-03-26)) [±]
jmIrc May 14, 2004 0.60 0.96 (November 23, 2009; 7 years ago (2009-11-23)) [±]
k-IRC August 20, 2002 1.0 1.1 (October 4, 2003; 13 years ago (2003-10-04)) [±]
Virca 2003 0.0.1 1.1.20 (November 22, 2004; 12 years ago (2004-11-22)) [±]
wIRC 0.3.2 (September 6, 2010; 6 years ago (2010-09-06)[2]) [±]
WLIrc September 15, 2003 0.90 2.0.1 (August 16, 2007; 9 years ago (2007-08-16)) [±]
Yaaic March 14, 2010 0.1 0.9 (July 17, 2011; 5 years ago (2011-07-17)) [±]
Simple IRC November 18, 2016 1.0 1.7 (December 23, 2016; 5 months ago (2016-12-23)) [±]
zsIRC June 13, 2006 2009.12.26 (December 26, 2009; 7 years ago (2009-12-26)[3]) [±]
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
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
fIRC ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
jmIrc Yes No No No No No No
k-IRC Yes No No No No No No
Virca ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
wIRC Yes Yes No Yes Yes ? ?
WLIrc Yes Yes ? No No No ?
Yaaic No[4] ? ? Yes Yes ? ?
Simple IRC Yes Yes ? Yes 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
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
fIRC ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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
Virca ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
wIRC Yes No Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
WLIrc ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Yaaic ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Simple IRC No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
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 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Mobile Colloquy Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
CoolIRC No Yes Yes No No Yes ?
fIRC ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
jmIrc No Yes Yes No No Yes ?
k-IRC No No No No No No ?
Virca ? Yes ? ? No ? ?
wIRC ? ? Yes ? ? ? ?
WLIrc ? No ? ? No ? ?
Yaaic Yes Yes No No Yes No ?
Simple IRC Yes Yes No No No No Yes
zsIRC Yes Yes No No Yes No ?
Client Multi-server UTF-8 Proxy server irc:// URI scheme Automatic updates Scripting language Push notifications

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clare, Andrew (2010). The Rough Guide to Android Phones. Penguin. p. 59. 
  2. ^ "wIRC: webOS IRC Client". Retrieved 2010-12-19. 
  3. ^ "zsIRC: Downloads". Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  4. ^ Does not reply to any CTCP message as of version 1.1.