Welcome to the IceChat Web site.
IceChat is a popular IRC (Internet Relay Chat) Client that can be used in Windows Vista upto and including Windows 10. It has been tested on 64bit versions of Vista to Windows 10.
IceChat is a very user friendly program that can be setup in a matter of minutes. IceChat is capable of connecting to multiple servers and channels all at once, with ease, so you can easily chat with your friends in your favorite channels.
For those people that wish to do more then just chat with IceChat, there are numerous different ways to customize the look and feel of IceChat. It starts with simply changing a theme, to writing your own custom commands (aliases) and making your own custom popups, using the IceChat Editor. IceChat 9 can also be enhanced with plugins.
IceChat has some unique features that set it apart from other similar programs. Most users truly enjoy the built in Emoticons. But for those select few that do not, this feature can be disabled. The Favorite Server Tree is truly fantastic, and because IceChat is built around its multi-server capabilities, it is an essential part of IceChat that makes it that much easier to use.
IceChat started in development in 2000, and has gone through many changes in its interface, design, and of course its many features. IceChat 9.16 is the latest version, released in July 2017.
IceChat is FreeWare, meaning anyone can use it, at no cost. IceChat 9 is open sourced, written in C#, and available at Github, while IceChat 7 is not. The source code for IceChat 7 is not available.
IceChat 7.8 has been released to deal with the problems with Windows 8. IceChat 7.8 has not been tested on Windows 10. To make sure that IceChat works in Windows 10, please install IceChat 9.
The built-in VBS (Visual Basic Scripting) script engine in IceChat 7 is powerful and can be made to do just about anything, and even allowing users to create their own activeX dll's for advanced scripting solutions. There is no VBS Script engine with IceChat 9, because it is not compatable with 64bit versions of Windows. There is a test plugin started to attempt to use the VBS Script Engine, and requires IceChat 9 to be compiled in 32bit mode, but is far from completed. So far, it has been successfully tested with some simple scripts made in IceChat 7.
This web site was launched on November 11, 2003.
IceChat 9 Changelog -- A list of all the updates for the IceChat 9 life cycle
IceChat 7 Changelog -- A list of all the updates for the IceChat 7 life cycle
IceChat 9.21 has been released. A few minor fixes and the ability to search for nicks in the nicklist starting with typed character. You can read the full change log for all the updates.
IceChat 9.20 has been released. Attempting to have the updater detect if you are running the 4.5 build, and will update with those binaries, and then some other little fixes. You can read the full change log for all the updates.
IceChat 9.17 has been released. Fixed the /ignore command to just allow a nick. Added some more Plugin events, and fixed an issue where a character would cause the channel window to blank. You can read the full change log for all the updates.
IceChat 9.16 has been released today. Fixed the splitter bars, added a few more color settings, and updated the /ignore command. You can read the full change log for all the updates.
IceChat 9.15 has been released today, with a few more bug fixes. You can read the change log for all the updates.
IceChat 9.14 has been released today. Many IRCv3 fixes and additions, and a few other bug fixes. You can read the change log for all the updates.
IceChat 9.13 has been released today, to fix the font problem introduced in version 9.12 You can read the change log for all the updates.
IceChat 9.12 has been released today. A lot of minor fixes and updates. You can read the change log for all the updates.
The IceChat 9 Google Plugin has been updated, because the previous version was causing IceChat to hang. You can download version 1.2 here.
There have been ongoing problems with the SVN at Codeplex, where IceChat 9 has had its code hosted for many years. Codeplex has contacted us and said they see no fix in the future. As a result, we can no longer update our code at Codeplex. So we will now only be updating the source code at Github.
IceChat 9.10 has been released today. IPv6 servers should connect more consistently now. A few more commands added and a few bug fixes. You can read the change log for all the updates.
IceChat 9.08 has been released today. Couple of bug fixes. You can read the change log for all the updates.
IceChat 9.07 has been released today. Few more bug fixes, the main issue fixed was that SASL Authentication was not working on some networks. You can read the change log for all the updates.
IceChat 9.06 has been released today. Few more bug fixes, one main one with url's not showing properly at times. Also while in Windowed Mode, and clicking X to close the program, does not close all the windows automatically. You can read the change log for all the updates.
IceChat 9.03 has been released today. There was a major bug found with the new reconnect timer option found. You can read the change log for all the updates.
IceChat 9.02 has been released today. Many fixes and changes have been applied since 9.0. You can read the change log for all the updates.
Today a new IRC Indexer service was started at www.ircindexer.net. The project has been worked on for the past year, and was launched today, trying to make an acceptable remake of the popular SearchIRC website, which has been taken offline.Note: this site is no longer available.
IceChat 7 has been updated to 7.8. The main issue fixed is proper Windows 8 compatibility, with a couple other minor bug fixes.
IceChat 9.0 is released today. There have been a lot of updates, additions and fixes since RC8.3. We felt it was about time IceChat 9 was released as a 'stable' version, and here it is. You can read the change log for all the updates.
We had asked our Facebook users on our Fan Page, if anyone could make a video on the basics of IceChat 9, and someone made a great one. Check out the help page to view it.
August 2013, and this year marks the 13th anniversary since IceChat was started. It certainly has been a long journey. With IceChat 9 still in development, IceChat continues to supply its users with a unique program.
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