I've used mIRC (Windows) for years, and have some custom scripts, written in mIRC's own scripting language.

Is there an Ubuntu/Linux IRC Client which will allow me to use my scripts as-is?

Failing that, is there a "functions a lot like mIRC" Client available?

I've just tried Pidgin's IRC client, but it seems to be quite basic.
I couldn't see any way for it to tap into channel activity via scripts.

I don't want to use Wine... WineHQ reports it as having too many bugs for my liking, and anyhow, I try to avoid using Wine like I do Windows :)

  • Do not forget that Pidgin is a generalistic application, made to function with a wide variety of IM protocols - as such, IRC scripting is not the focus of Pidgin.
    – jhominal
    Oct 26, 2010 at 12:29

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Konversation is the most similar to mIRC. I used it for a bit, then xchat but now am solely using irssi. It is hands down the best route if you learn how to use it properly.

Once you have scripts/themes/plugins setup the way you want it feels so nice and much less cumbersome than the GUI based irc clients.

  • irssi documentation - irssi documentation and information from irssi site, good general info and base setup guides there.
  • irssi and screen - screen is another app which leaves a persistent session, multiple sessions running. This way you can run screen and have irssi run within a screen session so you can close your terminal and irssi remains running. Later if you want to open irssi back up you can reattach to your screen session. I run my irssi/screen on my media server that way from my desktop or anywhere else I can ssh to my media server, attach to screen running irssi and its right there for you.
  • irssi themes - Need to find the one you like. You can modify them easily too.
  • irssi scripts - There are some good ones here, depends on what you want to do though.
  • Thanks. I'll try all three... So irssi ia a terminal app; interesting
    – Peter.O
    Oct 26, 2010 at 15:35
  • see my updates for links.
    – Chris
    Oct 26, 2010 at 16:30
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    A belated comment (approx 1 year later) I finally tried irssi seriously, and I now agree with you that irssi is the best client. I've chosen to use tmux instead of screen, but they both do the same thing.
    – Peter.O
    Sep 24, 2011 at 2:44

No, there isn't.

Try irssi or XChat.

  • Thanks... I've subsequently read the mIRC site itself: It says: Linux has quite a few native IRC clients, although none of them are quite like mIRC. ... and it also said there are some very similar Clients for the Apple Mac (and named four of them).
    – Peter.O
    Oct 26, 2010 at 14:03
  • Also consider weechat
    – LFC_fan
    Nov 6, 2010 at 0:03

As of now, mIRC works fine in WINE, if you really need a mIRC script and can't be bothered to port it to some other client.


The solution I came up with and that works very well is to just run VirtualBox. Install a nice clean version of Windows XP and install MiRC and it works wonders.

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