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Installing IRC Software

You need some software to use IRC. Below is our list of help on using various programs to chat with us.

Clients (Programs that connect to IRC Servers)

Reccomended? Client Open Source? SSL/TLS1.2 SASL Operating System Notes
Yes HexChat Yes Yes* Yes Windows, Linux/Unix, OS X *2.9.6+ required for TLS
mIRC No Yes No Windows
Yes irssi Yes Yes Yes Windows (Cygwin), Linux/Unix Terminals, OS X To enable OS X support install Homebrew, then brew install irssi from Terminal.
KVIrc Yes ? ? Linux/Unix
ADIRC No ? ? Windows
WeeChat Yes ? ? Linux/Unix, OS X, Windows
Colloquy OSX Yes Yes? Yes? OS X
Yes Textual No Yes Yes OS X Includes native ZNC support.
Colloquy IOS Yes Yes Yes iPhone/iPad
Yes AndChat No Yes* Yes Android *Android 4.4W.2+ required for TLS1.2
AndroIRC No Yes* Yes Android *Android 4.4W.2+ required for TLS1.2
ircII Yes No No Linux/Unix Terminals Old/Obsolete, for historical interest only
Ircle No No No Mac OS9 Old/Obsolete, for historical interest only
LimeChat Yes ? ? OS X 10.7 and older Old/Obsolete, for historical interest only
XChat Yes Yes* No Windows, Linux/Unix Old/Obsolete, for historical interest only. *Only supports SSLv3

Web Browser Based

Embed your AfterNET channel in a website, or send links to it.

  • QWebIRC - Our officially supported web client
  • Kiwii IRC - New web-based client
  • IRCCloud - Always connected web-based client



  • Limnoria - Python based highly customizable plugin driven bot (Fork of Supybot)
  • Eggdrop - C bot, supports TCL scripts


  • Help installing your own IRC server (caution, advanced: for network administrators only)