The IRC sevice, even though it was launched some time ago, it's still used by a lot of people. That's because chatting using IRC channels is very simple and convenient and allows communicating with several users at the same time and also exchanging files. But in order to benefit from all the features that IRC offers, you first need an IRC client. There are numerous clients on the market, but none of them is as good as the well known mIRC application. This program carries a strong tradition in the world of IRC, as it is the first application created for this service.
The program is a Windows application which supports almost any version of this operating system and it's also very simple to use. Most IRC clients nowadays are filled up with useless features that only make their interface more difficult to use but this is not the case with mIRC, as it only offers the average user the features he needs.
After installing and running the program, one will be asked to enter a username, email address and other personal information. Optionally, one can also customize the functionality and the look and feel of the application or he can do this later on. After entering all the required personal information, the user can connect to the chosen IRC server. There is a large list of servers available, from all over the world. The next step in using the IRC service is to connect to a channel.
mIRC can list all the available channels for a certain server but also offers the user the possibility to manually enter one, in case the channel is not listed. After connecting to the channel, one can start chatting. For making it easier to see certain messages, for example, the ones that refer to your name, mIRC uses various colors for each type of message.
Besides chatting with buddies, mIRC also allows receiving and sending files to them. The maximum size of a file is not limited, as in the case of the email service. Using the options section of the program, the user can customize the software's functionality and can also choose different colors for the text displayed in chat rooms. Advanced users can take advantage of the script editor included in the program, but this requires knowledge about creating scripts, otherwise it may be difficult to use.
It allows connecting to any server and any chat room, featuring a large list of available servers from all over the world. Besides that, all the messages are color-coded, allowing you to easily spot a certain type of message. Furthermore, a script editor is included for advanced users.
The menu system includes a lot of features and this may seem overwhelming for a beginner. mIRC is the oldest and most complex IRC client around, offering all the features required by an average user.
mIRC Editor’s Review Rating
mIRC has been reviewed by Jerome Johnston on 11 May 2012. Based on the user interface, features and complexity, Findmysoft has rated mIRC 5 out of 5 stars, naming it Essential