HexChat, an open-source, cross-platform IRC client
HexChat is an IRC client based on XChat, but unlike XChat it's completely free for both Windows and Unix-like systems. Since XChat is open source, it's perfectly legal. For more info, please read the Shareware background.
HexChat was originally called XChat-WDK which in turn was a successor of freakschat. For more info, please read the announcement.
- Easy to use and customizable interface
- Cross-platform on Windows, OS X, and Unix-like OSes
- Highly scriptable with Lua, Python, and Perl
- Translated in multiple languages
- Fully open source and actively developed
- Multi-network with auto-connect, join, and identify
- Spellcheck, Proxies, SASL, DCC support and more