XChat is 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.
A new release of XChat for Windows is available today: 2.8.9. See this forum post for a list of changes or to leave comments.
Released a new version for Linux/Unix today: 2.8.8, see this forum post for a list of changes or to leave comments.
Released a new version for Windows: 2.8.7f. Download | Changes | It includes a few small touch-ups, including a speed-up in loading scrollback logs.
Released another little bug-fix update of XChat for Windows: 2.8.7e. Download | Forum thread
Released a little bug-fix update of XChat for Windows: 2.8.7d. Enjoy...
XChat for Windows users are advised to upgrade to 2.8.7c due to a security issue. This affects people browsing the web with Internet Explorer while XChat is running. The problem does not exist if Firefox is your default browser.
After some complaining and whining from a few people about how long it's taking, we've finally released a new Linux version: 2.8.6, enjoy.
A major new version of XChat for Windows has been released today: 2.8.7. Some of the new features including screenshots are listed in this forum post. Update 15/Apr/08: This version has now been superseded by 2.8.7a. 14/Jun/08: This version has now been superseded by 2.8.7c.
Released XChat 2.8.5e, a smaller conservative release. A highlight in this version is being able to use OpenSSL again. It should also be noted that Windows 98/ME support has now been dropped.
XChat 2.8.5c is out today. This is a bug fix release, which includes a fix to the problem a few people reported, connecting to a sBNC or ZNC via SSL.
Released a minor update for Windows: 2.8.5b.
Released a new version for Linux/Unix today: 2.8.4, which has similar features (ability to move the tree and userlist) to the Windows release a few weeks ago (see youtube video below). See this forum post for a list of changes or to leave comments.
Released 2.8.5 for Windows. See this forum post for a list of changes or to leave comments. The most notable improvement is probably the moveable components, that is, you can move the userlist and tree around to different positions with the mouse [youtube video]. A release for GNU/Linux with similar features will follow soon.
Development is under way to standardise a IRC services protocol. We will be supporting an effort at irc-plus.org and I urge all IRC server authors to get involved. This is all designed to make registering nick-names and logging in to IRC easier for end-users. That is, with a GUI, without having to remember complicated commands.
Released 2.8.3e, a small update. (Change Log and Comments)
Oops. Forgot to mention 2.8.2 for Linux was released about two weeks ago.
Also today is 2.8.3e for Windows with improved alert settings.
Released a bug fix version: 2.8.3c. The automatic crash reporting that was added in previous versions has allowed us to fix lots of rare crash bugs, which should make this release one of the most stable yet. Update 19/3: Updated links to version 2.8.3c.
Released a new version for Windows: 2.8.3. It has been shrunk down to a small and efficient 0.9 MB! Also included are new features like combined tree/userlist and a few bug fixes. Full change log.
Released an update: xchat-2.8.1b.exe / Windows page.
This version has been shrunk down to only 1.14 MB! Changes and Comments.
Update 30/1: Updated links to version 2.8.1b.
A new XChat for Windows release is ready for download: 2.8.1.
For a list of changes and to add comments, try the forum link here. Changes and Comments.
Happy new year! Happy new XChat 2.8.0! Currently only available for Unix/Linux. A new Windows version will follow some time in the near future. Comments.
Development is underway on a new series: 2.8.x. Currently you can test 2.7.90 on Linux, feedback would be appreciated. The major addition in this version is system-tray integration. It's already quite stable and usable.
Released a new Windows release: 2.6.9. xchat-2.6.9b.exe | Change Log
2.6.8 for Linux/Unix has been released today! Check the highlights in the Change Log. Comments
Source tarball: xchat-2.6.8.tar.bz2 Fedora 5/6 RPM: xchat-2.6.8-0.i686.rpm
The forums are temporarily in read-only mode due to a server problem. We hope to have them back up as soon as possible. Update: All fixed and running again.
A few security web sites are reporting a 'Denial of Service' vulnerability in XChat <= 2.6.7 for Windows. This is incorrect, 2.6.7 is not affected, nor is 2.6.5, 2.6.3 or any recent version. 9/9/6 Update: Details.
A new Windows release, 2.6.7 is now available. The windows specific readme file has all the details.
Released a new Linux/Unix version today: 2.6.6. Some explanation on how to get spelling support is here.
Versions 2.6.4 for Linux/Unix and 2.6.5 for Windows are out!
Links: download | *ix changes | windows changes
Versions 2.6.2 for Linux/Unix and 2.6.3 for Windows are out! The RPM files are now for FC5.
Links: download | *ix changes | windows changes
Released updates 2.6.1 for Unix and 2.6.1c for Windows. Some improvements have been made in the 2.6.x series in usability, with this Quick Start Guide showing how easy it is to login to IRC now.