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4 stars out of 5
· 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.

1 stars out of 5
· 1/3/2016
Never updated

No updates in monthes

1 stars out of 5
· 7/26/2015
Not updated

Doesn't appear to be updated since Sept of 2014. Dev stated in April he was working on it but nothing yet.

5 stars out of 5
· 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.

1 stars out of 5
· 4/10/2014
No support for self-signed certificates

No toggle option either.

4 stars out of 5
· 3/15/2014
Solid W8 IRC client

This is a pretty good IRC client. Works well docked to the side. One big flaw is that chat connections you change don't autosave. So you go to edit or make a new connection, and if you just connect or don't hit save you have to enter it all again. It looks nice and works well, but not the best feature set. It's also a bit confusing how to start another connection while connected to one.

2 stars out of 5
· 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.

2 stars out of 5
· 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.

1 stars out of 5
· 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.

5 stars out of 5
· 3/25/2013
Excellent, almost perfect.

This is the best IRC client for WinRT so far. Everything works great, it even lets you choose where you want to store your logs. It is fairly easy to use, with or without a keyboard. It also has an option to let it keep running in the background at all times, which is good if I let my Surface sleep and want it to continue receiving messages. I will say I'd like a setting where it makes a soft chime or similar if IRC Explorer is in the background and someone says something in the channel.

stars out of 5


  • 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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