When comparing Smuxi 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 Smuxi is ranked 10th.
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Pro Twitter integration
It's possible to check and interact with Twitter's timeline, replies and direct messages from the Smuxi client.
Smuxi offers an option to keep idling in a channel even when all front-end clients are closed. It's possible for a front-end client or multiple front-end clients to connect to a single server. This allows setting up an always on-line server that can be accessed from anywhere.
Pro Plugins and scripts can be written in any language
Pro Highly customizable interface
Pro Facebook chat, gTalk and Jabber integration
Smuxi has XMPP protocol support that allows integrating with Facebook chat, gTalk and Jabber.
Pro Theming support
Pro Caret mode
Caret mode allows navigating through messages (the output buffer) via keyboard.
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 Poor script and plugin library
Smuxi's script and plugin library contains less than 10 entries.
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.