Textual is the world's most popular application for interacting with Internet Relay Chat (IRC) chatrooms on OS X.
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Pro Native to Mac
Textual was developed just for Mac, so there's no need to worry about compatibility issues. It can be downloaded straight from the App Store and takes full advantage of Macs native features such as the Notification Center.
Pro Designed with simplicity in mind
Textual was built to be simple and easy to use. It is very clean and has features for both IRC newbies and power-users.
Textual provides a wide range of features for any level of IRC user. It has basic options such as
- Native Fullscreen support
- Native Notification Center support
- Wide range of keyboard shortcuts
And plenty of other basic features you would expect from a quality IRC client. It also has a plethora of advanced features for those looking to get under the hood:
- SOCK4 and SOCK5 support
- Full, native support for IPv6 users.
- Direct Client-to-Client (DCC) file transfer support
And many others to customize your IRC experience
Pro Regularly maintained and updated
The team at textual is always working on updating and getting rid of bugs in Textual which means its always improving.
Pro ZNC integration
Support for ZNC out of the box, including history.
Pro Open source
Source code is available here.
Pro Proxy support
Textual can proxy your connection to IRC servers through SOCKS4 / SOCKS5 on a per-server basis.
Pro Full, native support for IPv6
Pro Can be used for free if you build it yourself
Textual is open source and includes instructions for building it. You can set the
TEXTUAL_BUILT_WITH_LICENSE_MANAGER flag to
0 to skip trial/license popups.
Con Not free
While it's not too expensive, Textual is a paid-only product.
Con Unreliable when having network issues
If you are using VPNs, your connectivity with the IRC servers may drop and you will find it almost useless. It is able to reconnect, but is not able to rejoin the channels when it reconnects.
Con Only available in certain countries
US, UK, and Canada have access to Textual, however it doesn't look like other countries have it yet.