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Troy · 8/19/2015
Best IRC app on the store

Now that the app has has some time to mature, it has become one of the best IRC apps on the store. Does not appear to have Windows 10 Support at the moment.

Rafael · 8/6/2015
Finally a good client

I've been waiting for a good client to show up on the store ever since Windows 8 was released. A client which could connect over SSL, stay connected in the background and have a good snapped view. I've been holding off on getting this until I saw this newest update. It works great and suits my needs for the most part.

Aaron · 7/30/2015
Pretty Awesome IRC Client

Really, this is easily one of the best IRC Clients for windows 8. it is fully featured, and has a lot of options for configuring things to your liking. I cant really say anything bad about it. I like it

Yunyu · 4/10/2014
No support for self-signed certificates

No toggle option either.

paul · 10/31/2013

This app crashes if I switch to another app for more than a few minutes. It is the best IRC app in the store, though, which is a darn shame. Dev did not respond to my complaint, either.

Junior · 9/1/2013
Keeps getting ping timeouts when it is minimized.

This would have been an awesome if it didn't get ping timeout errors every time I minimized the program. That annoys the rooms that I am in and will result in me getting banned. I also would really like a feature to search the text on the screen like Ctrl+ F does on mIRC. I'll be going back to that until some fixes are made. Another thing that is kind of annoying is that you can't get to the main server setup menu unless you disconnect from all servers.

Serra · 5/3/2013
Can't connect to ZNC Bouncer

Looks like it would be perfect, but I can't connect to my ZNC Bouncer. Keep getting an error about endpoint connections.

Mark · 1/24/2013
Not great for Desktop

This app seems like it would be a good one for IRC Chat users on Windows Phone. Trying it on a full desktop, being limited to seeing only one chat window at a time is very limiting compared to what else is out there.

Reviewer 2402 · 6/7/2015

Great IRC client. Hooks up to ZNC just fine. When docked, I can open up links in desktop Chrome. I like the built-in themes (maybe there could be more). The interface is very easy to use and uncluttered. I bought it after about 15 minutes with the free version.

Robo · 8/2/2015
Best IRC app 2015

Update: It's working fine now... must be because IRC Explorer Lite wasn't installed on this machine? Very odd... IRC Explorer Lite was too good, and far better both UI and configuration-wise than a number of the already-available, but 2002-styled IRC clients out there, that I just had to buy this. Unfortunately, this one seems to be a different version than the lite one, and is not working :/ I await a response on Twitter, and hope that this app is upgraded to Windows 10 so I don't have to pay again...



  • Supports up to 5 background sessions
  • DCC Chat, Get, & Send support
  • SSL support with the ability to ignore certificate errors
  • Supports various IRCDs (i.e.: Bahamut, ircu, ircd-seven, UltimateIRCd, & UnrealIRCd)
  • Server management (i.e.: add, edit, & remove)
  • Basic IRC commands (i.e.: /msg, /me, join, /part, /raw, /notice, /list, /query, /whois, & /ctcp)
  • SASL & standard NickServ authentication
  • Nickname (Tab) completion
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Control codes (i.e.: bold, italic, underlined, reverse, colored, & plain text)
  • Colorized nicknames
  • Supports multiple encodings
  • Identd server
  • Multitasking support (i.e.: multiple windows)
  • Themes
  • Custom tile & toast notifications
  • Logging
  • Ignore support
  • Custom aliases
  • Inline emoji

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Version notes

IRC Explorer v2.2.1.0 - Release #25 Core feature changes: • Fixed a critical issue which caused IRC Explorer to break multibyte encodings. • Fixed an issue which caused the commands popup to display when trying to copy clickable/tappable nicknames. • Revamped logging engine now supports real-time logging. • Added a configuration entry point for the timestamp format of logged messages. • Added support for replaying local logs in channels, private queries, and DCC chats. (UserVoice request) • Minor UI tweaks and bug fixes.

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