Version: 2.2.2 || Release Date: 2011-02-01 || License: Commercial with demo ($29.95) Developer: Conceited Software | App Owner: drudge

An advanced, easy-to-use IRC client for Mac OS X. Connect to thousands of IRC networks and find people to talk to about any topic!

Features include:

  • Complete OS X integration and Aqua look-and-feel
  • Combine View allows you to select multiple chats and view them in a single view
  • Optionally embedding of images, YouTube videos, Google Video, and audio files
  • Spotlight Integration
  • Interface/Agent architecture (allows detaching)
  • Rules defining specific IRC behavior
  • Dynamic content display with Styles
  • Cross-session history capabilities
  • Automated flood protection and auto-reconnect
  • Aliases, Shortcuts, Highlights
  • Cocoa Plug-ins, AppleScripts...

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27 Opinions

how's linkinus the best irc client? ok, the features are nice and unmatched by most other clients but the app itself is unbelievable buggy and uses ludicrous amounts of system resources (especially ram).
the support for it is also pretty lame (last update was >4months ago, no response to bugreports) this is unacceptable since the app is seriously buggy.
don't get fooled by the nice look and feature list, use the 30days trail until it ends before you consider buying it.

Great app, but using 160mb of actual ram after an hour of use is a little ridiculous for an IRC client. More than my browser and even itunes; crazy. Ran noticeably slower after being open for a while too. Tone down the memory usage and it'll be awesome, until then I'm sticking with xchat aqua.

After being used to mIrc on my Windows machine for so many years, Linkinus (xchat aqua is a decent freeware alternative,but not quite "right" in my opinion) caught my attention after trying almost every Mac IRC client I could find.

I actually bought the app and don't regret it: It's easy to configure, looks great and has lots of nice features.

the best IRC-client for mac that is! one of the few mac-apps I've actually bought! ;D

This is a great client. I happily paid to support this, and would do so again if need be. A big plus is the adherence to the post-10.5 window schema. Another big plus is that Conceited didn't leave we few remaining 10.4.11 users behind.

The only thing I'd like to see added is the ability to separate sound behaviors by channel. My office uses IRC extensively -- a channel for general development chatter and a few others related to production. I would like to be able to mute the dev channel in the background but use a different sound for production alerts and never allow it to mute.

@asymmetric ; This has been updated in a recent Update

The 1st mac app I ever bought & the best IRC app on any platform hands down !!!
I have tried them all & not one is even in the same league as Linkinus.
NL has put together an amazing product & a great team of guys. The best $20 I ever spent on my mac ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ highly recommended.

personally i use irssi from a remote sever (ssh -> screen -> irssi is the way to go)
but i would say this is one of the better gui irc clients.
considering it can run in the background on your mac, if they ever do make an iphone/ipod touch edition, i hope the main version lets you have a bnc set up to your device.

Best IRC client I've used yet, on any platform.

The developers clearly have excellent attention to detail, and know where to apply the optimisations, unlike Colloquy. Now we need an iPhone version... heh. But well, without background apps, I'm not convinced irc on the iPhone is practical. Which sucks.

it can't display colors properly :/

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