What are the best IRC clients for Windows?

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Brave Browser

Ronald Tran
Written on February 12, 2019
"I'm really paranoid about how much these tech companies know about you. When you use some other browsers or services, you're unwittingly letting them know about everything you search, visit, look for, and do online, and even your location I'm SO OVER THAT!! So it's good that a browser like BRAVE exists"
  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...."
    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."
    Laura Tucker
    Written on February 15, 2017
    "The coolest thing that I love about HexChat is that it is free. There are a lot of themes and you are able to customize your interface however you like. "
    Doris Price
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Free client based chat. It's open source, easy to use, and customizable. I'm just happy that it works for Windows and Unix systems. Good platform."
  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 us..."
    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. "
    Donald Franklin
    Written on February 10, 2017
    "The only real IRC client to use. I've used it since the early 2000s and it's never failed me. It's easy to use and lightweight, been around forever so there aren't any problems with the program."
    Tiffany Lee
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "mIRC looks to be outdated to me so it may not be the best option but it is an alright alternative."
    Dimitris Psirrakis
    Written on November 23, 2018
    "The worst client, it needs and money after 30days ! omg terrible"
  3. 25

    #3XChat

    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...."
    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. "
    Madison Price
    Written on May 27, 2017
    "Simple, to the point, and very clean, XChat is a popular IRC client for a reason. Able to streamline the process of getting into IRC for the user, there's none I can recommend more than XChat. It sure saved me a lot of hassle!"
    Stephen Burke
    Written on May 25, 2017
    "I used this and it did not disappoint! It was able to do everything I needed, from chatting in several different chat rooms to transferring some files for a story I was working on to a colleague. Definitely would recommend."
  1. 25

    #4AdiIRC

    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 w..."
    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. "
    Scott Hunt
    Written on May 30, 2017
    "I have tried a dozen IRC clients and this is one of the better ones. Intuitive and pleasing to the eye. Very functional."
    Dimitris Psirrakis
    Written on November 23, 2018
    "The best IRC client according his features , who ever knows what IRC is he can give 5 stars on it for sure."
  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 ..."
    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."
    Ajay Bhatnagar
    Written on February 22, 2017
    "If you're looking for a reliable cloud-based chat system for you and your crew, look no further than IRCCloud. A smart messaging system that works across platforms, this is one bit of software you'll want to check out."
    Israel Osorio
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Very easy way to communicate with all sorts of groups. Easy to learn and easy to use!"
  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 experie..."
    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. "
    Kelly Barrett
    Written on March 2, 2017
    "The one great thing about Quassel IRC that I really enjoy is the fact that it simulates that you are on line with your customer base at all times, so any conversations pick up where you left off and anything happening while you were away, shows once you log back in. It also doesn't have issues with other types of like platforms, will not run slow and has a lot of added features not found in other platforms. "
    George Carlson
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "What's good about Quassel is that if you're used to it from another OS, this client is similar in function. They make this for Windows but it also has clients that work for Mac and Linux."
  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..."
    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."
    William Peters
    Written on April 6, 2017
    "I tried Nettalk and it was helpful in giving me simple solutions for my chat and file transfer issues. I was also able to get some assistance with text de/encryption. It may look a bit intimidating at first but it is actually user-friendly once you get the hang of it. "
    Liu Ma
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Nettalk is a perfect irc client for windows, quick and powerful. "
  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 ..."
    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."
    Howard Miller
    Written on July 4, 2017
    "I think most people would not use this and it wouldn't catch on that well with the general audience. "
    Madison May
    Written on March 13, 2017
    "If you need an IRC client for Windows, stop here. Smuxi will help you get down to business."
  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, ..."
    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."
    John Allen
    Written on May 28, 2017
    "This is a great program for windows users who still use IRC. Its great for tablets running windows with users who go mobile a lot."
    Debra Gardner
    Written on June 30, 2017
    "I think this has a very large use for people who want to use IRC but do not wish to install Linux."
  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 als..."
    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!"
    Marilyn Jensen
    Written on March 10, 2017
    "KVIrc is a great tool for developers who want an IRC client they can take anywhere. It has a user-friendly interface for chatting. It relays information exchanged with your IRC server."
  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...."
    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."
    Andrew Schultz
    Written on June 8, 2017
    "Looking for an updated IRC client, then I would check out CIRC. It has great features and makes my old IRC client look like a dinosaur. It is a Google Chrome extension and fits in seamlessly. I found it to be modern and easy to use."
    Aaron Wood
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "I didn't think I'd ever have to use IRC again. My boss wanted me to do some research but I needed to speak to a subculture that only met in IRC. CIRC is a sleek and modern IRC client that was very useful for me."
  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 fr..."
    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."
    Reyna Guevara
    Written on May 17, 2017
    "I have often wondered how people stay active and up to date in IRC. Well, I use windows and I have discovered IceChat allows me to connect to several channels at once. I wish I had found this sooner but I am so glad I have it now!"
    Gloria Lawson
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "The link for this solution is dead. I think that's not a great solution."
  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 solut..."
    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!!"
    Danielle Fowler
    Written on February 1, 2017
    "This is a great website to help keep you connected with others, with minimal hassle with creating a bunch of different accounts. I also think it's useful because it can be used through many different types of technologies such as Macs, PCs, some gaming consoles, and a few other devices. It also feels like it gives a certain degree of extra anonymity, which i like. "
    Víctor Hugo Navarrete
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Mibbit is a pretty simple and easy to use IRC client. Some IRC clients can be awkward, clunky and arcane, but not this one. Was really easy to install and use and its interface is clean and easy on the eyes. "
  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 pl..."
    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."
    Alexander Richardson
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "The website is very well made, and easy to navigate. It has options for any chat mode I could imagine anyone wanting to use. "
    Jacob Larson
    Written on February 14, 2017
    "Kiwi is so useful. Me and my friends use it to chat when we get home from school. It's just so simple and easy to install."
  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 Hexc..."
    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"

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Summary

Best IRC clients for Windows
Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
1 HexChat Software 32 Free
2 mIRC Software 28 Free
3 XChat Software 25 Free
4 AdiIRC Software 25 Free
5 IRCCloud Websites 24 Paid
6 Quassel Software 22 Free
7 Nettalk Software 19 Free
8 Smuxi Software 17 Free
9 FooIRC Software 16 Free
10 KVIrc Software 14 Free
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