When comparing KVIrc vs LimeChat, the Slant community recommends LimeChat for most people. In the question“What are the best IRC clients for Mac?” LimeChat is ranked 2nd while KVIrc is ranked 8th.
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Pro Still active developement
Despite whats been said, development has been continuing at a steady pace on version 4.3.1 and more recently 4.3.2.
Pro Plenty of customization options
KVIrc does not need to be installed. It can be kept on a flash drive and run from there.
Pro Extensive documentation available
Help files and online resources show all of the feature and scripting capabilities.
Pro Free and Open Source
Pro Console-like interface
LimeChat has a nostalgic console feel that is still very functional. It features multiple themes including a three column layout.
Pro Native support for the Notification Center
Pro Includes many useful features
LimeChat includes many features that any IRC user would need such as:
- The ability to Connect to multiple servers and rooms
- Auto join rooms on startup
- File Sending
- Native Notification Center support
- SSL authorization
Pro Full range of keyboard shortcuts
Limechat has a fully featured shortcut list that makes navigating the program quick and easy.
Pro Fast and lightweight
Con Console based
If you're not familiar with a text based IRC client already, it is definitely not user friendly for learning.
Con No way to search chat logs within LimeChat
Chat logs are not viewable within the app. You must find the file in the directory and open it with a text editor.