X-Chat Aqua 0.16.0 / 0.17.0 RC1

A user-friendly and easy-to-use IRC client that enables you to connect to multiple IRC channels and chat with various users from within a simple interface
X-Chat Aqua - The main window of the application where you have to join a channel and start chatting
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X-Chat Aqua is a free and simple to use OS X IRC chat application designed from the get-go to help you connect to multiple IRC channels simultaneously and interact with other users connected to the same IRC server.

IRC, short for Internet Relay Chat, is a protocol for live interactive text messaging and synchronous conferencing. The main purpose of IRC is to facilitate the communication in different discussion forums and between users.

Based on the open source XChat chat client

Moreover, the X-Chat Aqua OS X App is based on XChat’s IRC engine and comes with support for over 41 locales and a wide assortment of XChat core features.

Furthermore, with the help of X-Chat Aqua, you will be able to talk publicly on different channels or have private conversations with individual users.

Send and receive files with a click of a button via an easily customizable interface

On top of that, while using X-Chat Aqua to chat with other people you will also be able to send files via the chat’s context menu. In addition, X-Chat Aqua’s "Chat" slide menu helps you choose a color for your text and change the text style with just a few mouse clicks.

As an added bonus, from the Preferences window, you can easily customize X-Chat Aqua's interface and adjust the transparency level of the chat windows.

The Chatting tab helps you customize the default quit, part, away and sleep message. What is more, you can enable a series of options such as Beep on private messages or Show away at once.

Additionally, X-Chat Aqua comes with support for Growl notifications and allows you to choose the event for which you want to receive notifications.

Still usable although no longer supported IRC client for the Mac

On the whole, although it is an outdated IRC client that hasn’t been updated since 2006 and there are a lot of other such apps available for the Mac platform, X-Chat Aqua is still a usable IRC client that will allow you to get in touch with your friends via a IRC server of your choice.

Reviewed by , last updated on July 30th, 2014

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file size:
2.2 MB
developed by:
Echo Studios Inc
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operating system(s):
Mac OS X 10.3 or later
binary format:
Universal Binary
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What's New in version 0.17.0 RC1
  • Added Sparkle for automatic updates.
  • Upgraded core XChat code from v2.6.1 to v2.8.6
  • Localization update by ToePeu.
  • New program icon by Ryan Fernandez (submitted by Terje Bless).
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X-Chat Aqua - The User Menu allows you to join channel, leave channel, ping server and hide versionX-Chat Aqua - From the Preferences window you can customize settings for the interface, chatting and network

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X-Chat Aqua is a free and versatile OS X IRC chat application designed to help you connect to multiple IRC c...

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