• 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

Additional information

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.

Ratings and reviews

Average customer rating

180 ratings

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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

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.

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.

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.

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...

James · 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.

Brian · 2/17/2015
Best IRC Client In Existence!

I've been searching for a beautifully designed and functional IRC Client for the longest and I have to say, I've found it! Love the app. Keep up the good work and please don't stop developing!

Jeremiah · 11/8/2014
Finally a good IRC Client

I've been on the look out for a good IRC client. This one is slick. Looks very nice and runs smooth. Has most of every feature you would need. Unfortunately for me to replace my mIRC client I would need a button someone to "Tile" all of my channels so they are all visible at one time. The current way of "multitasking" is very limited. Although it does workout fine if you are only in 3 channels. I'm generally in about 6 or more. Keep up the great work.

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