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AdiIRC v2.2 Updated

Checker on 18 Dec 2015
  • 973KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 18 Dec 2015
  • Suggested by Userfriendly

AdiIRC is an IRC client with multi-server support and a customizable interface. It offers all the standard IRC features including private chats, basic Identd features, system informations, SSL, IPv6, chat logging and DCC Chat/Transfers.

It also offers now playing support for various media players, advanced scripting, themes, MTS themes, plugins, and dockable/undockable activity monitors that lets you monitor many channels at once.

Note: Additional Themes and Language files are available from the homepage.

System Requirements: WinAll
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: .Net Framework v2.0 or higher
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the portable ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch AdiIRC.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: KVIrc Portable, HydraIRC, PChat, HexChat
What's new?
  • Added Address book.
  • Added a warning the first time the Menubar is being disabled from the View menu.
  • Added import/export of "Override Windows theme color" option in themes.
  • Added separate "accept all" and "accept specific hosts" in Options -> Dcc to avoid confusion.
  • Added a "(active/total)" text in Treebar for dcc transfer window.
  • Added Switchbar/Menubar/Treebar border for the last item facing the MDI area.
  • Fixed filtering by some characters in channel list causes a crash.
  • Fixed Nicklist colors/icons doesn't work on some network using custom channel prefix.
  • Fixed SASL auth doesn't work if the reply is sent with server prefix.
  • Fixed focus is sometimes not restored to a window when adiirc gets focus.
  • Fixed numeric up down item doesn't scale with DPI properly, causing some options to be hidden when using non default DPI.
  • Fixed Nickcolumn is sometimes not the correct size.
  • Fixed scrolling a custom window without textview causes crash.
  • Fixed fonts in custom windows should not change when changing global font options.
  • Fixed links warning dialog checkbox saves to the wrong config file item.
  • Fixed DCC send file crashes if the typed path does not exist.
  • Fixed toggle main window border when main windows is fullscreen, resizes the window wrong.
  • Fixed suggest font dropdown resets text while typing.
  • Fixed typing a font size in choose font dialog, should update the preview.
  • Fixed alt nicks is cleared on disconnect.
  • Fixed using the update dialog on startup can cause the main window to be saved with the wrong size and possibly other issues.
  • Fixed channel editor bans is not sorted correctly when sorting by date.
  • Fixed own Idle time in channels is not updated correctly.
  • Fixed select file dialog should open in previous folder.
  • Fixed hovering a text in the textview can in some cases cause a crash.
  • Fixed pressing some keys in Thememanager Editbox can cause a crash.
  • Fixed on closing main window/exit/restart AdiIRC, the Options/Script editor/Serverlist save dialogs should be shown.
  • Fixed Treebar nicklist expand settings is not restored properly.
  • Fixed should warn about active dcc transfers when confirm closing is enabled.
  • Fixed url association is still not working properly.
  • Fixed sound status checkbox is not visible in Options -> Statusbar.
  • Fixed /msg displays the wrong target nick.
  • Fixed local output is missing from /me messages in private windows.
  • Fixed /whois Ipv6 addresses are not shown correctly.
  • Fixed when connecting a network in the serverlist with no hostnames added, there should be an error dialog.
  • Fixed Treebar is missing channels after reconnect.
  • Fixed start minimised doesn't work when Rawlog or show serverlist on startup is enabled.
  • Renamed channel key to channel password to avoid confusion in new serverlist.
  • Added missing commands/identifier /font /iline /abook /uwho $abook.
  • Added new property .rawmode for $chan().
  • Added new/missing parameters -j -a for /dialog.
  • Fixed /drawfill is not validated correctly.
  • Fixed $ignore().secs should be rounded.
  • Fixed $gmt(N) returns wrong value.
  • Fixed $regsubex \a \A returns wrong value when using /g modifier.
  • Fixed on KEYDOWN/KEYUP doesn't work with some characters.
  • Fixed uclick mouse event should not trigger outside the window location.
  • Fixed /dialog should show an error if the "size" item is missing or invalid.
  • Fixed /window doesn't work if the window name has quotes.
  • Fixed $window wildcard search doesn't work if the window name has quotes.
  • Fixed /window -a from a desktop window doesn't give the the mainform focus.
  • Fixed /window -l is using wrong font.
  • Fixed /window -f should have no titlebar.
  • Fixed /dialog icon should not trigger sclick event when rightclicking.
  • Fixed /dialog icon item can cause a crash.
  • Fixed on KEYDOWN/KEYUP regex doesn't work.
  • Fixed on KEYDOWN does not trigger for escape key in custom windows.
  • Fixed /window sometimes resets window position.
  • Fixed sclick/dclick event doesn't work properly on dialog tab items.
  • Fixed /if /else /elseif /while doesn't work with !. prefix.
  • Fixed $mouse.x $mouse.y $mouse.key returns wrong value in dialog events.
  • Fixed /describe /msg sending messages to @%+#channel and #chan,#chan2 displays wrong output.
  • Fixed $snick sometimes returns wrong value.
  • Fixed hovering a text in the textview can in some cases cause a crash.
  • Fixed /statusbar -l/-t should remove leading/trailing quotes.
  • Fixed /logs [text] is not searching the correct value.
  • Fixed /timerS doesn't work properly.
  • Fixed raw 286, 287, 290 and 291 should follow whois option.
  • Fixed /setlayer on the main window when it's docked can cause a crash.
  • Fixed /dialog,$dialog should show an error when a dialog name is in use.
  • Fixed $fline can have only 2 parameters.
  • Fixed $reptok $reptokcs can have only 4 parameters.
  • Fixed /window -h is not hiding the window from Treebar/Switchbar.
  • Fixed /notify -r should clear all matching nicks from the Notify panel.
Latest comments
joby_toss on 2015-04-01 05:48

Doesn't have Favorites implemented yet. Then, it would be perfect! :)

smaragdus on 2015-04-01 21:49

You might request this feature- the developer of AdiIRC (Per Amundsen) is open to suggestions.

joby_toss on 2015-04-02 04:37

This feature (Favorites) is already planned, yes.

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HexChat v2.10.2

Midas on 6 Oct 2015
  • 27MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 25 Nov 2014
  • Suggested by Specular

HexChat is an easy-to-use and extensible IRC client. The program features both tab and tree style views, color schemes, chat logging, auto replacements, and customizable time-saving user commands. Additionally the client supports DCC, SASL, proxies, file transfers, spellcheck, alerts, and Python/Perl scripts.

Cross-platform with clients available for Linux and experimental Mac builds.

System Requirements: Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the installer and during the setup check the Portable Install option on the last screen. Launch hexchat.exe.
What's new?
    v2.10.2 (2014-11-25):

  • verify hostnames of certificates
  • use more secure openssl options (No SSLv2/3)
  • detect utf8 urls in chat
  • fix using multiple client certs at the same time
  • fix checking for Perl on some distros
  • fix friends list not properly updating
  • fix building with format-security
  • fix more non-ascii path issues on Windows
  • fix opening utf8 urls on Windows and OSX
  • update deps on Windows
  • update translations

Full changelog is at
Latest comments
Specular on 2015-10-06 18:57

Updated the entry to reflect since v2.10.1 support for Vista has been dropped. Check earlier versions if you need Vista support, and v2.9.4 if for some reason you require XP support.

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KVIrc Portable v4.2.0 Rev 3

webfork on 12 Sep 2015

K-Visual-IRC Client (KVIrc) is an Internet Relay Chat client that supports multi-server connection, notify and ignore lists, standard + extended DCC (with resume), SOCKv4, SOCKSv5 and HTTP proxies etc. Comes with a sophisticated scripting language that allows you to implement automated reactions to network events.

KVIrc Portable is a portable wrapper for KVIrc. Alternatively, you can make standard KVIrc portable by following these instructions.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPLv2
How to extract: Download the portable installer and install to a folder of your choice. Launch KVIrcPortable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: AdiIRC, Pidgin
Latest comments
Stable Release is GOOO on 2008-04-30 18:43

There is a new stable release, ver 3.4

Carbonize on 2008-06-13 03:02

In latest version the folder is called $[31] and not $_OUTDIR other than that the instructions are the same.

century on 2012-04-09 11:07

i've tried many portable irc clients, this one is far the best
a great one!

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PChat Portable v1.5.2

JohnTHaller on 22 Mar 2014

PChat is an IRC client forked from XChat with a customizable, tabbed or tree interface, SSL support, DCC transfers and chats, CTCP, and multiple normal or SSL servers. PChat Portable is the portable version released by the developer. Includes a variety of scripting add-ons via the website including Lua, Perl, Python, and TCL. Also available for Linux.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Partial. PChat supports Unicode within the app itself but it can not be installed to a path containing certain Unicode characters.
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch PChatPortable.exe.
Latest comments
Kermode on 2010-06-23 22:44

Crashes a lot, and pieces of windows get "left behind" over the interface, like the chat text and then slowly scrolls out of view. Very bad.

Asterisk on 2010-06-24 16:23

This is 37mb for two reasons: a) it is a GTK app and includes the full GTK runtimes in the package, and B) it contains full localization for dozens of languages.

Removing the localizations and UPXing the GTK runtimes should bring this down to a fraction of its size.

TAIMAT on 2011-04-17 06:46

if u can bear with screen flickering & some slow responses .. u've find the best free irc client (DCC+1) @least in my opinion

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MegaIRC v4.06

Checker on 15 Mar 2014

MegaIRC is an Internet Relay Chat client that can work in one-windowed mode, putting all private, channel, and system messages in same window. Supports proxy, SSL, and various server encodings.

The program can also work in a debug mode where all server messages will be shown as-is, according to IRC protocol.

Note: Based on user comments and due to a listing by multiple services as malicious, it has been replaced with the Softpedia download.

System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download "MegaIRC ZIP archive" and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. [This step is unnecessary when downloading from Softpedia] Download "SSL Libs ZIP archive" and extract to the same folder
  3. Launch megairc.exe
What's new?
  • HTTP-CONNECT proxy support
  • PREFIX command support
  • Minor bugfixes and changes
Latest comments
André Felipe on 2009-01-06 00:34

It doesn't support UTF-8, despite it's "multilingual" inferface (which apparently was created with machine translations).

Emka on 2011-12-24 19:02

The website wants you to complete a survey or download games before you can download the application. Very bad style...

webfork on 2011-12-24 20:41

Emka: thanks for pointing that out.

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