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What IRC client do you use on Windows?

I am new to IRC chat. What IRC client do exist for Windows (Vista)?

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I have been using Mirc for years and love it.... The way I can easily write scripts and bots to do various tasks is just cool!

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    Agreed, but personally I recommend installing the addon-script nnscript.com which makes mIRC a much more pleasant experience. – Eikern Nov 18 '09 at 23:04
  • +1 thanks, nnscript looks good, when I have a bit more time free, I will give it a good look. – William Hilsum Nov 18 '09 at 23:22
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Trillian, it will handle all you IMing needs. I've paid for a copy because I use it so much, but there's still a free version.

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I have used Hydra IRC for a long time with no issues.

If you use Firefox a lot you might want to give ChatZilla a go.

Here is a comparison of IRC clients on Wikipedia.

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xChat. It's similar in general style to mIRC, but is open source, with third-party free Windows builds (eg) available. Also handles Unicode better and doesn't default to blocking all your file transfers, which is nice.

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mIRC is pretty common. Nice scripting/extension support.

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Trillian, it will handle all you IMing needs. I've paid for a copy because I use it so much, but there's still a free version.

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I like Digsby for my main IM client, but Pidgin does an excellent job at allowing you to easly communicate through IRC.

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X-Chat for Windows:

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Chatzilla, the Firefox addon is pretty good, IMO.

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Well, 'best' is relative. There's a few worth checking out though. mirc is the common one, and xchat is the common non shareware one. Both have been mentioned before. Personally i use kvirc since at one point, the silverx xchat2 build had a small bug that proved annoying (its fixed now though). I've also used visualirc which has an unusual interface, but works well.

I'd also point out the web based mibbit client, for completeness' sake - its useful in many situations where a normal client won't work

My suggestion is try a few, keep the one you like

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