Free IRC client for Windows 8: IRC Messenger [x86/x64]

Windows 8 IRC Messenger

Windows 8 only: We previously looked at FooIRC, which as the name hints is a IRC client for Windows 8 and it comes bundled with many great features, but the app cost about $1.50. Despite the fair price for what you get, there are also some other free alternatives like, for example, IRC Messenger. IRC Messenger Windows 8 app doesn’t offer all the features that can be found in traditional Windows desktop applications or as many found in FooIRC. However, it is an easy to use app, it has all the basic options to connect and it uses the chat service, and with the price tag of free, you can not ask for more.


  • Simple clean interface
  • Common command alias’s implemented (/me /join /oper, etc)
  • Full Implementation of RFC1459
  • Support for simultaneous server connections
  • Support for simultaneous channel connections


IRC Messenger has a clean user interface that matches Windows 8 “Modern” design and it is simple to use, that is, of course, if you are already used to IRC programs. If not, it could be a bit tricky finding the options or simply connecting to a server. Additionally, there are some essential features that are missing from this app such as: No SSL, keyboard shortcuts to switch between servers or automated commands upon server connections. And this Windows Store app does not have support for Windows RT — For Surface and other PC with ARM-based chipset.


  • Category: Social
  • Supported processors: x86, x64
  • Languages: English (USA)
  • Publisher: TwinDrills
  • Age rating: 12+
  • Price: Free
  • Download: Get it from the Windows Store

Supported architectures

  • x86/x64 (Windows 8)
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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and