What are the best IRC clients for Windows?

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  1. 32

    #1HexChat

    HexChat
    HexChat is an IRC client based on XChat, but unlike XChat it’s completely free for both Windows and Unix-like systems. It comes with features like ane asy to use and customizable interface a cross-platform on Windows, OS X, and Unix-like OSes, translated in multiple languages and fully open source software.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Kyle Schneider
    Written on March 17, 2017
    "Hex Chat is an IRC client but it's free which is really the only one that is. If you're searching for something like this and don't have much cash check it out."
  2. 28

    #2mIRC

    mIRC
    mIRC is an IRC client created and designed for being used by organizations and individuals and allows them to communicate, share information, files, work, or chat through IRC networks around the world.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Sara Pineda
    Written on March 26, 2017
    "mIRC is a great and easy way to chat with your friends or co-workers. They are constantly updating, so there is never any issues with the program. It is a clean and easy to use interface, not only practical, but has games as well, so it can be fun. "
  3. 25

    #3AdiIRC

    AdiIRC
    AdiIRC is a free Internet Relay Chat client that comes with many different features and that allows you to chat and talk with people around the world without compromising your security.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Sun Yuan
    Written on July 6, 2017
    "I really like the AdiIRC to interact with others online. It allows me to share information with others without compromising my security. I really like using it for at work where I need to ensure I am keeping my computer as secure and as safe as possible. "
  1. 25

    #4XChat

    XChat
    XChat is an IRC chat program for both Linux and Windows.It allows you to join multiple IRC channels (chat rooms) at the same time, talk publicly, private one-on-one conversations etc. Even file transfers are possible.  
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Howard Tran
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Seems like a pretty good program for chatting online. However, I prefer Discord. The UI is much more user friendly and easier to work with. It has a lot more features as well. This is still an okay option though if Discord didn't exist. "
  2. 24

    #5IRCCloud

    IRCCloud
    IRCCloud is an IRC client for Windows that allows you to use IRC chat system in the way that you may need like for example business meetings, team chat, private channels, or one to one communication.
    Websites

    Varies by plan

    María Elena Espinoza
    Written on January 4, 2017
    "This client is a lifesaver. It's so hard to try and get all of my friends together in a group chat on the same platform, as well as have a safe and organized place to discuss work related issues with my co-workers, and with this I have just that. I have separate groups for everything that I need and we can all stay up to date with what we need, whether I'm on my phone or on my laptop away from the office."
  3. 22

    #6Quassel

    Quassel

    Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client that is based on the QT4 framework


    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Kevin Price
    Written on May 9, 2017
    "IRC platforms always seem to be a few years behind other communication platforms. This solves this by having a smooth and colorful interface that makes using IRC a fun experience and not just something that only the most computer savvy use. The options available within the platform are useful and worthwhile, not just gimmicky and pointless. I would suggest this platform for anyone new to using IRC or for current users who want to upgrade their current platform. "
  4. 19

    #7Nettalk

    Nettalk
    Nettalk is a free and open source IRC Client for Windows. It is a fully-fledged IRC client with UTF-8 and DCC file transfer support.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Helen Lee
    Written on January 14, 2017
    "Nettalk is an easy to use and easy to manage Instant Relay Chat (IRC) Client that allows you communicate globally with all of your connections. Nettalk is designed to help you protect your private communications through encrypting messages. Nettalk is a tool that everyone should keep in their communications toolbox."
  5. 17

    #8Smuxi

    Smuxi
    Smuxi is a website client for IRC that comes with different features for the user interface, connectivity, twitter and IRC. 
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Harold Fowler
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "I have been looking for a new IRC Client as my old one started having connectivity issues with Windows. So after searching for a long time I found Smuxi. It has been a huge game changer for me as I am able to open an IRC Channel remotely in moments. I would highly recommend it for those who are using IRC channels especially on Windows."
  6. 16

    #9FooIRC

    FooIRC
    Foo IRC is a full-featured IRC client, the first released for the Windows Store, and now the first universal IRC app released for both Windows and Windows Phone. Foo IRC provides a tablet friendly, simple interface with plenty of features and options for customizability in a tiny package.
    Software

    Windows

    Free- $1.49

    Samantha Rios
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Foo IRC is a really cool interface for anyone who wants to use IRC on their phone or tablet, rather than a computer. This is pretty new and innovative (to put it on a phone, not the IRC itself.) There's lots of tools that Foo IRC offers for you to mess around with too, and overall I think it's super interesting."
  7. 14

    #10KVIrc

    KVIrc
    KVIrc is a free portable IRC client that is based on the QT GUI toolkit. It has been made with the help of many IRC developers from around the world.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Gregory Hunter
    Written on May 18, 2017
    "I really liked KVIrc because I am very interested in internet relay chat systems and open source programs that support them. I really loved the price because it is free! I also only use legal programs, and KVIrc is perfectly legal and can operate on windows and unix based systems without problems. Go for it, you will love it!"
  8. 12

    #11CIRC

    CIRC
    CIRC is a chrome IRC client that works as a chrome app. CIRC uses chrome APIs to implement awesome features not found in other IRC clients:
    Software

    Other Platform

    Free

    Judith Harper
    Written on June 9, 2017
    "I use Chrome all the time which makes it so easy to use this app, especially since I can use it on any device that I am signed into Chrome on as long as the app is downloaded. Also enjoy getting desktop notifications which would help when it comes to any updates or messages recieved."
  9. 8

    #12IceChat

    IceChat

    IceChat is a popular IRC (Internet Relay Chat) Client that can be used in Windows. IceChat allows you to connect to multiple servers and channels all at once, with ease, so you can easily chat with your friends in your favorite channels.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Kelly Stanley
    Written on January 20, 2017
    "IceChat is a great tool to use, as it doesn't limit you to using just any one server or a channel. Often it's hard to pay attention to all sources of communications with my friends online, so this program really makes it easier for me to keep track of everything. It really made it easier for me to communicate with my friends and never miss any messages coming my way."
  10. 2

    #13Mibbit

    Mibbit
    Mibbit is a browser based IRC client that allows you to connect to different channels and servers without creating an account.
    Websites

    Free

    Victoria Ávila
    Written on June 7, 2017
    "I was interested in creating a web based chat room platform on my personal website so that users and viewers could interact relatively easily. Mibbit offered the perfect solution to my profile, allowing me to host my viewers and users in a chat room without forcing them to create accounts. With Mibbit, you can just create a nickname, pick a channel and go! I think this was the perfect solution for my website!!"
  11. 1

    #14Kiwi IRC

    Kiwi IRC
    Kiwi IRC client is a free and open source project that is free for anybody to contribute to the project. It comes with different features that will make you very easy, fun and useful chat with IRC.
    Websites

    Free

    Anthony Dunn
    Written on June 20, 2017
    "This IRC client is web based which allows for easy access to IRC without having to download & install a separate client. It is a free web app that can be used on nearly any platform."
  12. 0

    #15Webtile IRC Compact

    Webtile IRC Compact

    Webtile IRC Compact is a software for computers with Microsoft Windows operating system that users can download for free. It mainly functions as an internet relay chat application that features privacy and YouTube and music player.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    GeTToe Gaming
    Written on January 16, 2019
    "Its small and compact and supports small form factor windows netbooks and tablets. Rather simple interface. It doesnt offer all the features you can find in products like Hexchat, but as far as a simple irc client, it gets the job done"

Summary

Best IRC clients for Windows
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1HexChatSoftware 32 Free
2mIRCSoftware 28 Free
3AdiIRCSoftware 25 Free
4XChatSoftware 25 Free
5IRCCloudWebsites 24 Free
6QuasselSoftware 22 Free
7NettalkSoftware 19 Free
8SmuxiSoftware 17 Free
9FooIRCSoftware 16 Free
10KVIrcSoftware 14 Free
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