Original author(s)Samuel Marshall
Stable release
2.5 / July 29, 2012; 11 years ago (2012-07-29)
Written inJava[1]
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, OS X, Linux
Size5.5 MB
Available inEnglish
TypeIRC client
Websiteleafdigital.com (English)
leafdigital.com (Japanese)

LeafChat is a free IRC client for Microsoft Windows and Unix-like operating systems, licensed under the GNU GPL-3.0-or-later. A donation is requested.[2]


Each channel is inside a tab which can be easily selected between while chatting. Most networks' servers are supported for connection; multiple networks can be connected to simultaneously.[3] Users can add their own scripts and command shortcuts, and the software detects net splits.[2]


TUCOWS circa 2004 showed LeafChat with a popularity of about 1/4, but a rating of four (of five) stars.[4] Beginning in 2004, IRCReviews gave the software five stars (of five), as an Editors's Choice, describing it as "powerful, good looking, and scriptable."[2][5] In a 2010 review of version 2, LeafChat was described as "very well done", with a "killer" scripting API which was "convenient and easy", though the reviewer found some user-interface defaults "annoying", and ruled out using LeafChat due to perceived variable count limitations.[1] In a 2011 summary of four popular IRC clients, Techbuzz India described LeafChat as "one of the best" open-source clients with a "clean and simple" interface, and noted its ability to connect to multiple servers simultaneously.[6] The Simple Genetic Algorithm project at SourceForge suggested LeafChat (due to its zero cost) for its online IRC live developer support, and thoroughly outlined its setup.[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b Ottinger, Joe (April 5, 2010). "LeafChat 2: excellent IRC client, but it's still only a start". Enigmastation.com. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  2. ^ a b c Quin, Liam. "IRC Clients: Microsoft Windows: leafchat". Ircreviews.org. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  3. ^ "Download leafChat Free". Mac.softpedia.com. January 21, 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4. ^ Marangoni, Robert; Cucca, Alessandro; Marangoni, Roberto (2004). Motori di ricerca: come cercare e farsi trovare sul web. Hoepli Informatica. p. 236.
  5. ^ Quin, Liam. "IRC Clients: Microsoft Windows: leafchat". Ircreviews.org. Archived from the original on 2004-03-02. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  6. ^ "IRC – The Most Popular Internet Chat". techbuzz.in. October 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  7. ^ "Support » sga IRC Chat Setup Guide (For Windows)". The Simple Genetic Algorithm project. SourceForge.net. Retrieved 2012-11-19.