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Developer(s)Patrick Griffis[1]
Initial release6 July 2012; 10 years ago (2012-07-06)
Stable release
2.16.1[2][3] Edit this on Wikidata / 12 February 2022
Windows 10 App,
Windows 7+ 64-bit,
Windows 7+ 32-bit,
Source Code
LicenseGPL-2.0 only with OpenSSL linking exception

HexChat is an Internet Relay Chat client that is a fork of XChat. It has a choice of a tabbed document interface or tree interface, support for multiple servers, and numerous configuration options. Both command-line and graphical versions were available.[4][5]

The client runs on Unix-like operating systems,[4] and many Linux distributions include packages in their repositories.[6]


The XChat-WDK (XChat Windows Driver Kit) project started in 2010 and was originally Windows-only. The project's original goal was to merge itself with XChat, but evolved from just fixing Windows bugs to adding new features. It started to make sense to support more platforms than Windows. On July 6, 2012, XChat-WDK officially changed its name to HexChat.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About | TingPing's blog". Archived from the original on 2018-05-14. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  2. ^ "HexChat ChangeLog". 12 February 2022.
  3. ^ "Release 2.16.1". 12 February 2022.
  4. ^ a b "News – HexChat". hexchat.github.io.
  5. ^ Announcement of HexChat Posted on 06 Jul, 2012
  6. ^ "Shareware background". hexchat.github.io.
  7. ^ "Announcement". HexChat - IRC client. July 6, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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