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Author(s): Peter Zelezny
Programming language: C[1]
Platform: Linux, Windows
Status: Active
License: GNU General Public License v2 (Linux), Shareware (Windows)
Latest release: 2.8.9[2]
Homepage: http://xchat.org

XChat is a standalone IRC client for Linux and Windows. It is especially popular amongst Linux users which prefer graphical clients[Source?]. XChat is open-source and although the official Windows version is Shareware[3], there are unofficial builds from the available source which attempt to offer free Windows versions[4].


The client has a plugin interface for C[5] and some scripting languages, e.g. Python[6] or TCL[7] (although the latter is done through a third-party plugin).


  1. http://xchat.org/files/source/2.8/xchat-2.8.0.tar.bz2
  2. http://xchat.org/
  3. http://xchat.org/files/binary/win32/readme.html
  4. http://silverex.org/
  5. http://xchat.org/docs/plugin20.html
  6. http://xchat.org/docs/xchatpython.html
  7. http://www.scriptkitties.com/tclplugin/

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