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HexChat v2.10.1

Checker on 29 Jul 2014

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: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the installer and during the setup select the Portable Install option. Launch hexchat.exe.
What's new?
  • Add configure check for python 3.4.
  • Improve spell check handling apostrophes.
  • Disable unsupported tray feature on Elementary OS.
  • Disable installing on Vista (would just crash on x64).
  • Fix possible crash in banlist.
  • Fix some crashes in pluginpref API.
  • Fix crash in spell check.
  • Fix notify list being sent to wrong networks.
  • Fix scrolling the chanview on Unix.
  • Fix building plugin support on some platforms (OS X 10.8).
  • Fix FiSHLiM decryption when identify-msg is enabled.
  • Fix expanding ~user on Unix.
  • Fix missing license files on Windows.
  • Fix silent installer on Windows.
  • Update translations.
  • Update network list.
  • Update Python versions on Windows.

KVIrc Portable v4.2.0 Rev 3

Checker on 5 Jul 2013

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.
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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0irc v1.4.53 Updated

Checker on 5 Aug 2014
  • 157KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by simon

0irc is a quite small irc-client for windows and has a small set of functions. It features: chat, dcc, multi-server connections, overview over all channels, simple mdi-interface and can be used as a desktop module in litestep.

System Requirements: WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: No
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch 0irc.exe.
What's new? v1.4.53 - release 9 (2007/4/3)
* exe: fixed saving of configuration when quitting with the close button
* exe/dll: fixed log command with enabled logging and parameter
* exe/dll: fixed /HELP command display
- exe: added color subsection [Color] with TextColor/EditColor/FrameColor
in ini file
+ exe/dll: added new handling for colorcodes
- exe/dll: serveral internal changes
Latest comments
J_D on 2010-09-22 00:51

Doesn't even support MOTD

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