HexChat

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HexChat
Hexchat Logo.svg
Hexchat 2.10.2 under Windows 10.PNG
Screenshot of Hexchat 2.10.2
Developer(s)Patrick Griffis[1]
Initial release6 July 2012; 9 years ago (2012-07-06)
Stable release
2.14.3 / 20 December 2019; 19 months ago (2019-12-20)[2]
Repositorygithub.com/hexchat/hexchat
PlatformUnix-like,
Windows 10 App,
Windows 7+ 64-bit,
Windows 7+ 32-bit,
Flatpak,
Snap,
Source Code
LicenseGPL-2.0-or-later
Websitehexchat.github.io
hexchat.readthedocs.io
github.com/hexchat

HexChat is an Internet Relay Chat client that forked from 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.[3][4]

The client runs on Unix-like operating systems,[3] and many Linux distributions include packages in their repositories.[5]

History[edit]

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.[6]

On May 26, 2021, the official #hexchat support channel switched from the Freenode IRC server to the Libera.Chat IRC server. The hostile takeover of the Freenode server prompted the switch of the official #hexchat channel, aligning with the actions of other open source projects.[7]

Releases[edit]

  • HexChat 2.9.4 - 11 November 2012
  • HexChat 2.9.5 - 1 April 2013
  • HexChat 2.9.6 - 11 September 2013
  • HexChat 2.10.0 - 1 June 2014
  • HexChat 2.10.2 - 25 November 2014
  • HexChat 2.12.0 - 12 March 2016
  • HexChat 2.12.1 - 1 May 2016
  • HexChat 2.12.2 - 8 October 2016
  • HexChat 2.14.0 - 12 March 2018
  • HexChat 2.14.2 - 29 August 2018

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-05-14. Retrieved 2018-05-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "HexChat ChangeLog — HexChat 2.14.3 documentation". hexchat.readthedocs.io.
  3. ^ a b "News – HexChat". hexchat.github.io.
  4. ^ Announcement of HexChat Posted on 06 Jul, 2012
  5. ^ "Shareware background". hexchat.github.io.
  6. ^ "Announcement". HexChat - IRC client. July 6, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  7. ^ "#hexchat is now on Libera.Chat". HexChat - IRC client. May 26, 2021. Retrieved July 22, 2021.

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