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Icon Adium

Adium is a free and open source instant messaging application for Mac OS X, written using Mac OS X's Cocoa API, released under the GNU GPL and developed by the Adium team.
Based on the libpurple protocol library, Adium can connect you to any number of messaging accounts on any combination of supported messaging services and then chat with other people using those services.

Adium supports ICQ, Jabber, Google Talk, IRC, Twitter and others. As well as Skype, Steam, WhatsApp and others through Third-party plugins
See Bundled Services and Third-party plugins
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: The Adium Team
  • Modification Date: April 27, 2017
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.7.5 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 21.1 MB

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Icon Colloquy 2.4.3 (6011)

Traditionally, chat clients on the Mac have been anything but glamorous. Colloquy is an advanced IRC & SILC client which aims to fill this void. By adhering to Mac OS X interface conventions, Colloquy has the look and feel of a quality Mac application.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Colloquy Project
  • Modification Date: March 21, 2014
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 7.2 MB

Download iOS File Size: 10 MB $2 version 1.9.2 - April 1, 2018

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Icon Eggdrop 1.8.3

Eggdrop is the oldest Internet Relay Chat (IRC) bot still in active development. Originally created by Robey Pointer in December 1993 for use on a channel called #gayteen, it has spawned an almost cult like following of users.
It is a feature rich program designed to be easily used and expanded upon (using Tcl scripting) by both novice and advanced IRC users on a variety of hardware and software platforms.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: EggHEADS.org
  • Modification Date: February 4, 2018
  • Requirements: macOS

Download Source Code File Size: 1.8 MB

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icon Facebook Messenger 185.0

Texting and so much more.
Make video calls from your Mac. Video calling works with Chrome, Opera and Firefox.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Facebook
  • Modification Date: September 25, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.9 or higher in your browser or iOS 8.0 or higher

https://www.messenger.com Mac Video calling works only in Chrome, Opera and Firefox, not in Safari

Download iOS File Size: 247.2 MB

https://www.facebook.com/home.php iOS If you don't want to install Messenger on your iPhone, but still want to check or maybe send a quick message, go here. Add to home screen.

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Icon ICQ 3.0.17105

Simple way to communicate and nothing extra. New design, free sound and video calls, group chats and much more!
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: ICQ LLC
  • Modification Date: October 10, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher - requires phone number even for old accounts - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 38.1 MB

Download iOS File Size: 95.2 MB

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Icon identd for Mac OS X

"It seems that Mac OS X does not come with Ident daemon. Naturally this means virtually nothing unless you want to avoid a ~ character in your IRC nick."

1. Install the Ident Daemon.pkg

This will put the file com.shaunrowland.identd.plist in your /Library/LaunchDaemons/ directory
And will also put the executable identd in your /usr/local/sbin directory

you can load and unload that property list directly with launchctl
$ sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.shaunrowland.identd.plist
$ sudo launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.shaunrowland.identd.plist
if you get whining about permissions when loading and unloading try: $ sudo chown root:wheel /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.shaunrowland.identd.plist

2. You may also need or want to make and put a file named identd.user in your /usr/local/etc/ directory - put only the username you want to show up before the @ when a whois is done on you on irc

3. Enable port forwarding in your router and enable port 113 - if you have your own router connected to one provided by your service provider with your cable modem you will need to enable the router on your cable modem
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Shaun Rowland
  • Modification Date: September 9, 2012
  • Requirements: macOS - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 32 Kb - Ident Daemon.pkg

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Icon IRCCloud 4.4

Group chat for teams, friends, and communities.
IRCCloud is an IRC client with a future. Stay connected, chat from anywhere, and never miss a message.

Built on IRC — internet relay chat
IRC is an open and established platform for real-time discussions – it’s almost as old as email. We're building an IRC client that's bang up to date, supporting a thriving community and helping teams to collaborate more effectively.
  • License: Service, $5 month
  • Developer/Publisher: IRCCloud Ltd
  • Modification Date: September 6, 2018
  • Requirements: iOS 8.0 or higher

Download iOS File Size: 19.7 MB

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icon ircII 20170704

ircII is an IRC and ICB client that runs under most UNIX platforms. It comes in source form and is completely free of any charges or fees. The ircII project is a group of people who maintain the source code, incorporating fixes and new features.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Matthew Green
  • Modification Date: April 7, 2018
  • Requirements: macOS

Download Source Code File Size: 605 Kb

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icon irssi 1.1.1

Your text mode chatting application since 1999.

IRC built-in. Multi-protocol friendly for module authors.
Shipped-by-default Perl scripting with a wide range of available extensions.
Integrates into the UNIX stack: Your window manager, your terminal emulator, your remote connection, your terminal multiplexer, your IRC bouncer, your IRC adapter.
Irssi is free software licensed under the GPLv2, available for Linux, BSD, Solaris, Apple, Cygwin, …
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: The irssi Project
  • Modification Date: February 14, 2018
  • Requirements: macOS

Download Source Code File Size: 1.7 MB

Homebrew installation: Source Code  $ brew install irssi

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icon LimeChat 2.43

LimeChat is a full featured IRC client that can connect to multiple servers in a window. It is fast and stable. Also it has rich keyboard shortcuts for your comfortable operations.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Satoshi Nakagawa
  • Modification Date: January 27, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 2 MB

Download iOS File Size: 2 MB

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Icon LINE 5.10.1

Send free one-on-one and group texts to your friends anytime, anywhere!
Call your friends and family as often as you want, for as long as you want! Free international voice and video calls make it easy to stay connected with your loved ones.
Currently available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Mac and Windows PC.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: LINE Corporation
  • Modification Date: October 1, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.10 or higher - Requires a phone number or Facebook account - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 55.7 MB

Download iOS File Size: 336.7 MB

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Icon Messages 12.0

With Messages for Mac, you can send unlimited messages to any Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that uses iMessage, Apple's secure-messaging service. iPhone owners can use it for SMS and MMS messages, too.

Messages no longer supports Jabber/XMPP as of Messages 12.0 for Mojave
  • License: Comes with your Mac and iPhone
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: August 21, 2018
  • Requirements: macOS 10.14, Earlier versions come with earlier operating systems - 64-bit

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icon Pidgin 2.13.0

Pidgin is an easy to use and free chat client used by millions. Connect to Google Talk, ICQ, IRC, XMPP, and more chat networks all at once.
Supported chat networks:
Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, Zephyr
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Pidgin Project
  • Modification Date: March 8, 2018
  • Requirements: macOS

Download Source Code File Size: 9 MB

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Icon Psi 1.3

Psi is an instant messaging application for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X that connects to the free, open Jabber IM network (also known as XMPP), including Google Talk.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Justin Karneges
  • Modification Date: September 25, 2017
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 80.1 MB

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Icon Skype 8.32

Skype is the next phenomenon from the people who brought you KaZaA. Just like KaZaA, Skype uses P2P (peer-to-peer) technology to connect you to other users - not to share files this time, but to talk and chat with your friends.
Our software's quick and easy to install. Just download Skype, register (you can also use your Microsoft Messenger account) and within minutes you can plug in your headset, speakers or USB phone and call your friends. The calls have excellent sound quality and are highly secure with end-to-end encryption. You don't even need to reconfigure your firewall or router. It just, you know... works.
You can also use our SkypeOut function to make calls to friends who only have a landline or mobile phone anywhere in the world at local rates. You can even transfer files of up to 2 gigabytes.
  • License: Freeware, Skype to Phone North America $7/month, World $14
  • Developer/Publisher: Microsoft
  • Modification Date: October 5, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.9 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 95.5 MB

Download iOS File Size: 123.8 MB

Skype to Phone

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Icon Telegram 4.5.1

Why switch to Telegram?
Private - Telegram messages are heavily encrypted and can self-destruct.
Cloud-Based - Telegram lets you access your messages from multiple devices.
Fast - Telegram delivers messages faster than any other application.
Distributed - Telegram servers are spread worldwide for security and speed.
Open - Telegram has an open API and protocol free for everyone.
Free - Telegram is free forever. No ads. No subscription fees.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Telegram
  • Modification Date: October 22, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 23.1 MB

Download iOS File Size: 132.6 MB

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Icon Textual 7.1.0

Interact with Internet Relay Chat (IRC) chatrooms on macOS

Beautiful Interface - Textual includes two elegantly designed dark and light variants of the user interface which have been refined all the way down to the very last pixel.

Powerful Textual - supports very powerful modern technologies such as native IPv6, the latest IRCv3 specifications, client-side certificate authentication, and much, much more in a easy to navigate, clutter free environment.

Privacy is valued - Textual protects your privacy by leveraging widely accepted, proven technologies such as Off-the-Record Messaging (OTR) to ensure that the only people reading your conversations are those that you intend to.

Customizable - Textual takes customization to the next level with styles created using well documented, open standards in addition to addons built using a multitude of programming languages such as AppleScript, Objective-C, PHP, Python, Perl, Ruby, Shell, and Swift.
  • License: Demo, $8
  • Developer/Publisher: Codeux Software
  • Modification Date: September 4, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.9 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 13.6 MB

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Icon Viber 9.7.0

We connect people, no matter who they are or where they are from.
Make calls, send messages and much more - freely and securely.
Audio and video calls
High-quality calls for a quick "hello" or a much-needed face-to-face
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Viber Media
  • Modification Date: October 5, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.10 or higher - To activate Viber on your Mac you must first activate it on your phone.

Download Mac File Size: 111.7 MB

Download iOS File Size: 228.6 MB

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Icon WeeChat 2.2

WeeChat is a fast, light and extensible chat client. It runs on many platforms (including Linux, BSD and Mac OS).
WeeChat is:
- modular: a lightweight core with plugins around
- multi-protocols: IRC and Jabber (other soon)
- extensible: C plugins and scripts (Perl, Python, Ruby, Lua, Tcl and Scheme)
- free software: released under GPLv3 license
- fully documented: user's guide, API, FAQ,.. translated in many languages
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Sebastien Helleu
  • Modification Date: July 14, 2018
  • Requirements: macOS

Download Source Code File Size: 4.1 MB

Homebrew installation: Source Code  $ brew install weechat

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Icon WhatsApp 0.3.1242

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: WhatsApp
  • Modification Date: October 18, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.9 or higher - WhatsApp must be installed on your phone - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 138.1 MB

Download iOS File Size: 139.4 MB

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