XChat is a free and powerful IRC chat program, especially popular for Linux. XChat allows you to join multiple IRC channels (chat rooms) at the same time, talk publicly, private one-on-one conversations etc. Even file transfers are possible.

X-Chat Azure is Mac OS X native front-end for XChat that will allow one to experience its amazing features using a Mac native user interface.

X-Chat Azure comes with built-in support for 41+ locales and xchat 2.8 core features.

What’s New

Version 1.18.11

Fix typo in menu.
Remove plugin autoload crash.

Ratings and Reviews

astrutt2002 ,

I love xchat azure!

I’ve used this package for years.

Just updated to the new version, it’s better, but there are some new bugs.

shift apple command key { and } no longer change tabs in macOS High Sierra. It worked AOK before.


Single Click on a url now opens the url twice in the browser.

Previous version of xchat aqua/azure did not have these 2 bugs.

MaximusCub ,

Latest release very broken

I really love that somebody is taking on releasing this X-Chat Azure, but the quality of the latest release is quite bad.

#1 When I open X-Chat Azure and the auto-connect occurs (skipping the network list at startup), my first auto-join channel becomes the first tab, but it has no text entry box. It seems this style of tab is perhaps meant for being a server tab? I'm not sure. Either way, I had to put a dummy channel as my first in auto-join so that I can actually chat in all the channels in my auto-join list.
#2 When switching channel tabs, the new tab is always scrolled one or two lines above the end of the buffer, rather than right at the end. Means you need to mousewheel every time to scroll fully to the end to see tha latest messages. (minor annoyance, but a definite regression). I have my channel tabs at the bottom, so I wonder if that has something to do with it.
#3 When someone whom I have never chatted with before (thus have no previous chat log for) sends me a /msg the new tab will open and be red indicating a new message, but switching to the new tab will not display the message at all. It will also not un-highlight. Closing the window and reopening with /query <nick> will open the tab and show the message that I had received.

Bond Pard ,

Ruined by appstore policies

This was good software until the current dev became hellbent on distributing it through the appstore rather than traditional means. Adding it to the appstore meant adhering to Apple's "guidelines", which effectively strip down fully functional computer software, into measly sub-par, semi-functional "apps". Before this abomination took hold, X-Chat Aqua was decent software; rather than fixing up the codebase and bringing it on par with Linux/Windows, we have this. The app sandboxing reduces all plugin functionality to moot, what is the point of having Python/Perl plugins when 98% of the system remains inaccessible?
The last usable, reliable, stable release is Aqua 0.17.3 from 3 years ago, without the disgusting restrictions; the last time X-Chat could be called "software", not an "app"... Atleast fork the project to have a functional build without the ridiculous policies, or are we just waiting for Hexchat to make this completely obsolete?
Don't believe me? Go to the Github page and see for yourself how many orders of magnitude better the Aqua version really is.


YunWon Jeong
5.4 MB

macOS 10.12 or later, 64-bit processor


English, Albanian, Amharic, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Walloon

Age Rating


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.