Subcategory: IRC Clients
Platform: BSD, Linux, OS X, UNIX-like, Windows
License: Proprietary (for Windows), GPL (for others)
Interface: GUI, CLI
Programing language: C
First release: June 29, 1999
Status: Not Active
XChat – an IRC chat program for both Linux and Windows. It allows you to join multiple IRC channels (chat rooms) at the same time, talk publicly, private one-on-one conversations etc. Even file transfers are possible.
It has a look and feel similar to AmIRC for the Amiga. Special features include the mIRC extension DCC RESUME and mIRC color, multiple server/channel windows, dialog windows, and a plugin API.
It is possible to write Plugins in C/C++ or scripts in many languages. XChat tends to come with Perl, Python and TCL plugins available but this depends on where you downloaded XChat from or which Linux distribution it came with. The other languages may require installation of a plugin.
The latest version of XChat was released in 2010 so the application is NOT under development.
There is an active fork of XChat called HexChat.
The project developers are: Peter Železný (zed) & Brian Evans (LifeIsPain).