XChat 2.8.9

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XChat 2.8.9


XChat is an app that has a simple interface, probably because it is used for Internet Relay Chat – a function that was more popular in the past. ICQ may decline a bit, but this doesn't mean that its functionality has diminished. The program can still be used for chat, CTCO and DCC file transfers and of course you can expand its functionality with the plug-ins that we mentioned. Besides that, you can also customize the interface in a lot of ways. From Preferences you can adjust the text font and its color, the Input box, the User list, the Channel switcher or the colors in general. You can also change the language of the app into several others, which makes it multilingual. Xchat gives you the utilities to change the Alerts, Sounds and some additional options too. All of this helps us to define this program as quite customizable.

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Right after you start XChat you will see that it gives a lot of servers for connecting. The list is very long and you will need some time to even scroll it, not to mention connecting to each one of them. Before you join one of the servers that are available you can choose your nickname or two other versions that will become available if one of the previous nicknames is used on the server where you connect to. You can also write your real name, if you want, or you can create a user name. There is the option to add servers that are not a part of the list with preset servers so that you can join anywhere on the Internet.


XChat can be remembered mostly for three features – the large list of servers that can be used, its great customization capabilities and the fact that it is totally free. There are some problems, like for example the simple interface, but such is the interface of almost all applications that are used for an ICQ client.


  • Customizable
  • Compatible
  • Free
  • Multilingual
  • Uses many servers


  • Simple interface
Reviewed by: Evgeni Vasilev


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