ngIRCd is a portable IRC daemon written from scratch. It is easy to configure, supports server links (even with original ircds) and runs on hosts with changing IP addresses (such as dial-in networks). Currently supported platforms are AIX, A/UX, Darwin/Mac OS X, FreeBSD, HP-UX, IRIX, Linux, NetBSD, SunOS/Solaris, and Windows with Cygwin.
123 Flash Chat Server is a full-featured chat server for high-load Web sites. It features a range of customization options, and can be smoothly integrated with the database of almost all leading CMS or forum systems including Joomla!, phpBB, skadate, and vBulletin. It includes plain text chat and video chat options, and is scalable enough to fit the needs of small business and large enterprises. A free 10-user edition is available. It's based on a Java server and a Flash client, but also has various alternative clients based on technologies such as HTML/AJAX, so it can run on many platforms, including iPhone and iPad. It features avatars, smilies, Flash emotions, voice messages, entering multiple rooms, dynamic skins, loading external avatars and profiles, and a media player. The HTML 5 client significantly improves the chat performance in terms of loading speed, video layout, and user interface.
Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client, meaning that one or more clients can attach to and detach from a central core, much like the popular combination of screen and a text-based IRC client, but graphical. In addition to this unique feature, it aims to be a comfortable chatting program.
BitlBee allows users to talk to people on the major instant messaging and microblogging networks (including MSN, Google Talk, AIM, and Twitter) from within any IRC client by emulating an IRC server. Virtual channels are created with all of the user's contacts in them, who can be talked to in the channel or in a query. Also, one can participate in group chats and chat rooms like they were normal IRC channels.
centericq is a text mode menu- and window-driven IM interface that supports the ICQ2000, Yahoo!, AIM, IRC, MSN, Gadu-Gadu, and Jabber protocols. It allows you to send, receive, and forward messages, URLs, SMSes (both through the ICQ server and email gateways supported by Mirabilis), contacts, and email express messages, and it has many other useful features. An internal RSS reader and a LiveJournal client are also provided.
dircproxy is an IRC proxy server ("bouncer") designed for people who use IRC from lots of different workstations or clients, but wish to remain connected and see what they missed while they were away. You connect to IRC through dircproxy, and it keeps you connected to the server, even after you detach your client from it. While you're detached, it logs channel and private messages as well as important events, and when you reattach it'll download those logs to you using ordinary IRC protocol.
PircBot is a Java framework for writing IRC bots quickly and easily. Its features include an event-driven architecture to handle common IRC events, flood protection, DCC chat, file resuming, ident support, multiple servers, and more. Its comprehensive logfile format is suitable for use with pisg to generate channel statistics. Full documentation is included, and the Web site contains a 5-minute step-by-step guide to making your first IRC bot.