When comparing mIRC vs WeeChat, the Slant community recommends WeeChat for most people. In the question“What are the best IRC clients for Windows?” WeeChat is ranked 2nd while mIRC is ranked 6th. The most important reason people chose WeeChat is:
Many dotfiles are publicly available.
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Pro Highly scriptable with an ever-evolving scripting language
Scripts are short programs (sets of instructions) that can be used to automate tasks in mIRC. mIRC has its own scripting language which can be used to perform many different types of tasks, from managing IRC channels to playing multi-user online games.
mIRC scripts can also be used to perform tasks that are not IRC-related, such as managing files on the computer, sending emails, or backing up a web server.
The scripting language is being improved upon and developed further with each release of mIRC.
Pro Clean interface
mIRC interface is uncluttered, easy to overview and use. Additionally, it is highly customizable where fonts, layouts, aliases, popups, etc can be changed and extendable so it can be made to fit any necessities.
Pro Functionality can be extended with a vast array of scripts
A vast array of scripts are available on the web.
Pro Free trial
mIRC offers a free 30-day trial.
Pro Crackable if you NOP CRC
Very easy to crack if you know basic Reverse Engineering.
Pro Has been in active development for over 20 years
mIRC was created in 1995 by Khaled Mardam-Bey and is still being actively developed.
Pro Per-server settings
It's possible to create a list of settings and action that perform when connecting to a specific server. All of these things are easy to set up and use.
Pro Almost all actions can be performed via buttons
mIRC offers easy to use graphical solutions for a wide range of different IRC commands and server configurations so it's possible to use either commands or icons based on preference.
Pro Highly customizable and configurable
Many dotfiles are publicly available.
Pro Smart filtering
Smart filtering lets set a series of rules for IRC channels. For example, it allows instructing the client to show /quit and /join messages only if the user was speaking in the last 20 minutes.
WeeChat has a command line interface.
Pro Flexible window splitting
Weechat allows very flexible window splitting behavior to show multiple IRC channels at once. Windows can be split vertically and horizontally.
Pro Extensible via plugins and scripts
Pro Fully keyboard driven
Weechat can be fully driven by keyboard shortcuts. Navigating between buffers, switching between windows and changing text styling can all be achieved with keyboard shortcuts.
Pro Built-in script manager
WeeChat has a built-in tool for searching, downloading, installing and updating scripts and plugins.
Pro Persistent connection
Works perfectly with a poor connection.
Pro Intuitive, detail-oriented interface
By default WeeChat has a chat area surrounded by a nicklist on the right, title bar on top, and status and input bars at the bottom. The layout, though, can be completely customized and split vertically or horizontally. It supports 256 colors as long as the terminal supports 256 colors as well as bolded, italicized and underlined text. Even includes little touches as differently colored nicknames for people /away.
Pro Free and open source
WeeChat is a free program licensed under GPL with source code available on GitHub.
Pro Active and helpful community support
Weechat community can be found on #weechat @ Freenode. The community, including devs, is helpful in answering any WeeChat related questions.
Pro Huge library of scripts
WeeChat scripts repository has hundreds of scripts including url shorteners, music player integrations and bandwidth monitors.
Pro Mouse support
Mouse click and gestures are supported on a local terminal as well as remote terminal accessed via ssh regardless of screen/tmux. To enable mouse support use
/mouse enable command or press
Pro Can act as a relay for mobile client
It's possible to leave WeeChat running at home/on a server, then connect to it with a smartphone client. This way a choppy mobile internet connection won't disconnect from IRC, and still allow using a touch screen optimized UI.
Pro Builtin SSL support
Easy to configure weechat connect to server using certificates
Pro Easy to customize
You are able to modify configurations inside application or via modifying files(i.e. colors).
Pro Actively developed
Pro Offers a choice of remote interfaces
Pro Accessible to less expert users out of the box
WeeChat has an easy to use interface and sane defaults, making it a great client for beginner users.
Pro Incremental text search
Text is searched through in real time as search terms are being written.
Con Not free
mIRC is not free but only a trial for 30 days, after that the user is asked to pay $20 to be able to use the software.
Con The developer sucks
You cannot get real support, it's everything 90's style there, a forum that created since 1990 and nothing interesting, also when you request something it gets deleted by the developer or you got ban because the developer doesn't agree with your opinion.
Con Vague information on validity of purchased licenses
Developer only says a license is valid for "several years" and is known to have intentionally voided licenses that were specifically described as lifetime licenses for repeat business.
Con No command line solution
Con No official GUI option
While there are some unofficial remote graphical interfaces available for WeeChat, it is intended to be used as a terminal client. As such it might be challenging to use to those accustomed to graphical interfaces.
Con Scripting API allows poorly written scripts to be used as attack vectors
Plugin documentation includes the following warning:
In many functions, for speed reasons, WeeChat does not check if your pointer is correct or not. It’s your job to check you’re giving a valid pointer, otherwise you may see a nice crash report ;)