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Very professional UI design direct channel jump functions, bookmarks See More
Koversation is full of features to make IRC simpler and smoother. It comes with tools like a channel bookmarker, the ability to insert special characters easily and the "URL catcher", which gives quick access to any links mentioned in the channel. See More
Pidgin not only supports IRC, it also supports plenty of other services such as AIM, Google Talk, MSN, ICQ and plenty of others. This way, you can have all of your conversations in the same app and won't have to deal with multiple chat windows being open. See More
Miserable waste of time attempting to get to do anything, with documentation that implies it's easily set up, and yet a reality that suggests just the opposite. The "Core" is described as an essential part of the application but has curiously little documentation compared to the rest of it. Videos show it being installed by command line and immediately connecting to IRC servers. Well, that's just not how it worked in my experience. Repeated "connection refused" errors. Other IRC clients work fine, so what's wrong with this one? I liked the alleged feature set and the look of things but if it's this impossible to get it to do anything on IRC, maybe those are overblown too. See More
XChat has a great list of plugins and scripts. Most quality IRC clients support plugins but XChats library is incredibly extensive. There is a wide range of both useful and fun plugins. It's possible to add an RSS feed or play a game of chess. Or maybe you want to control an mp3 player via chat while translating everything you type to l33t speek. XChats Plugin Library is truly extensive. See More
XChat's default interface is clear, well-organized and intuitive. Channels can be laid out as both tabs and in a tree structure. All components such as user lists, topics bar or even menu bar can be hidden to provide a clean way to interact. Conversely the interface can be configured to show quick access buttons for changing channel flags, sending files or performing operator actions. See More
No other client gets near to it in terms of features and weirdness. You either love it or hate it. Biggest downside is that despite having an in-app IDE (!??!??), its native scripting language is even weirder than the application. If they weren't NIH about the scripting engine and just adopt something more common (python, lua, tcl, ruby, whatever) it would be way better. See More
ii is a minimalist FIFO and filesystem-based IRC client. It creates an irc directory tree with server, channel and nick name directories. In every directory a FIFO in file and a normal out file is created. The in file is used to communicate with the servers and the out files contain the server messages. For every channel and every nick name there are related in and out files created. This allows IRC communication from command line and adheres to the Unix philosophy. See More
The author is involved in ZNC development, so the latest ZNC goodies are guaranteed to be well supported (http://communi.github.io/znc/). With help of the documented ZNC modules, Communi retains its state well across sessions. No repetitive buffer playback on reconnect, notifications and banners for newly received messages only, queries stay open until closed etc. See More
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