hydrairc.jpgFor absolutely years and years I have been using mIRC as an IRC client, well to be precise a highly modified version that worked very well when I was in Unreal Tournament clans.

After all this time, I fancied a change and wondered what other alternatives there were. I then stumbled across someone using HydraIRC.

HydraIRC is an open-source IRC client with an attractive and easy to use interface. It supports DCC Chat and File transfers, Connecting to multiple servers, Dockable Floating Tabbed Windows, Autohiding Windows, DLL Plugins, Channel Monitoring, Message Logs, Event Viewer, Themes, Color schemes, Buddy groups, Audible and Visual Notifications , Reg-Exp Highlighting, Favorites and much more.

Once I got my head around the different way you set up certain instructions for the software, I was totally in love with this application. The problems I had such as having many channels (rooms) open at once and missing out on some of the conversation is now no longer an issue as ‘Channel Monitor’ lists all channel messages in one window. You can also change the layout to suit your own preferences by dragging and dropping.

The only downside so far is the development progress. The last update was way back in April 2006, however the program runs fantastically on Windows Vista and has really inspired me to make more use of IRC all over again. For any mIRC users looking for a change, HydraIRC may be a great option for you.

Link: HydraIRC

James Woodcock

James is a Freelance Journalist, Copywriter, Author, Blogger & Podcaster specialising in gaming, gadgets and technology both retro and modern. Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications. Available for hire, view my portfolio for more information.

4 thoughts on “HydraIRC – Fantastic IRC Client Software

  • February 24, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    “last update was in April 2006” – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Glad you’ve moved from mirc..no idea why people dislike pc security..

  • February 24, 2007 at 1:17 pm

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    Indeed! Hence why I added “however the program runs fantastically on Windows Vista and has really inspired me to make more use of IRC all over again.” :d

  • March 13, 2007 at 5:40 pm


    Thanks for the writeup, glad to see you like my software. I’ll get round to updating it sometime soon but right now I’ve got another project on the go. Keep checking irc://irc.efnet.org/#hydrairc and the website from time to time to keep an eye on things.

  • June 25, 2007 at 2:33 am

    Exactly what I’m looking for – an IRC program that works fantastically with Vista.
    Thanks so much for caring enough to make this post to your blog and for recognizing that compatibility with Vista is such a necessary prerequisite for an ever increasing number of people now.
    Cheers! :)


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