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IceChat is an open source IRC Client developed by Snerf in July of 2000, first named sIRC. This version still exists and works with very minimum features.


sIRC Screenshot

It was then recoded from scratch and renamed to VClient in August of 2001 to Icechat.


VClient Screenshot

To this date, Icechat has now managed to have its on in-built VBS script engine as well as many everyday IRC features. The best feature, It’s FREE! Ice chat is compatible with Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista and also Windows 7, it has also been tested on 64bit XP, Vista and Windows 7.

IceChat also has some very unique features that make it a special IRC Client. A few features to be noted include but not limited to built in emoticons, which can de disabled if the user wishes, a Favorite Server Tree, IRCv3 capabilities and built in virus scanners.

Since the beginning of IceChat, it has now gone through multiple rewrites and is now cross-platform friendly. It now has mirc scripting abilities, VB Scripting and multi-language support. IceChat has now had over 30,000 downloads with a few Beta testers to make sure the release version doesnt have any major bugs.

IceChat is now in version 9, which started in January of 2009 in C# and was yet again a rewrite. The latest release of v9 was released February 9th, 2013.

Icechat currently has its own support channel on the Freenode IRC network at #IceChat

Category: Clients, IRC, Software
  • rob says:

    I really don’t see the need for clients and ircd’s to be rushing on to this ipv3 band waggon already. irc hit it’s biggest climax of success years ago and is now on a rapid decline ever since. Improving what already works and doesn’t need fixing is a pointless task… why fix something that doesn’t need fixing basically. No network is ever going to remain big enough to warrent these changes that are going to so dramtically improve our irc experience anymore yet the people still feel the need to mess about with history, success and make it something it will never be anymore.

    May 26, 2013 at 1:31 pm
    • rob says:

      sorry meant ircv3 not ipv3 lol

      May 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm

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