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Ircle is a Mac program that lets you use IRC (Internet Relay Chat). IRC enables you to talk, in real time, to other Internet users around the world. IRC is organized in channels on a specific topic. You can also talk privately with someone. On average there are about 20,000 users and 5,000 channels on IRC worldwide.

What's New

Version 4.0a5:

New in this version:

  • 90% new code, compared to ircle 3.1.2. Moving towards object oriented model and MVC architecture.
  • Supports UTF-8 all over. This means ircle can display foreign script systems, and you can type in any foreign script as well.
  • Much larger text buffer (uses MLTE from Apple now).
  • Removed (*a lot of*) heritage code for OS 9, OS X 10.0 through OS X more...


Mac OS X 10.3 or later

*Previously available here

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Derekcurrie Member IconComment+715


At this point in time, the ircle.com website is throwing errors. You can't get there from here. This would suggest that Ircle is now abandonware.

But it's really good abandonware! You can still obtain it around the net if you search for it, just not at the ircle.com website, unless hopefully they fixed it.

I am successfully using Ircle version 3.5a6 on a MacBook Core 2 Duo 2 GHz on OS X 10.7.5. I can't kill it. Everything works. It's 'good old reliable'. I have v4.0a5, but went back to v3.5a6 for reliability.

My other IRC client is Colloquy, which works fine and is preferable for newbies.

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Version 4.0a5
Bedouin Member IconComment+95

If you liked Ircle's interface and Mac-centric style Colloquy is your best bet. Just saying try it. I was using XChat for years until I just gave Colloquy and its interface a chance.

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Version 4.0a5
Sherlockbones Member IconComment+54

Why is 4.0a5 listed as new, on the dev's web site it's listed as being released in 2009

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Version 4.0a5

I downloaded that version in 2009.

It doesn't appear to have been touched since.
I suspect it is showing up here due to a glitch on MacUpdate.

Ircle 4.0a5 definitely isn't new.
(It also has some bugs that make it almost unusable.)

Matreya Member IconComment+27

I gave up on ircle a LONG time ago.... registered Linkinus this morning.

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Version 3.5a6

I like Colloquy very much right now.

Corpsecorps Member IconComment+761


2006 to 2008 to get from 3.5a1 to 3.5a6?

So can we can expect betas in 2009, and the final release by 2011?

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Version 3.5a6

2011 here... Evidently not.

JoelSchmidt2 Member IconComment+0

I see the problem. it does indeed download a 3.5a1 DMG, but if you actually check the version of the ircle app, it says it is 3.5a2.

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Version 3.5a2
Lettuce Member IconComment-1

Would be even better if the download link actually downloaded a2, instead of a1.

Don't bother going to the homepage just yet, either. The link nfor a2 downloads… a1.

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Version 3.5a2
XboxDruggie Member IconComment+0

Yeah.. I paid for a license too back in the way back day... when the interface was akin to OS 9. Times have changed and unfortunately Ircle has adapted into the greatness of OS X and the wonders of fully carbon aqua goodness.

Onno what is up? Do you just not care about Ircle anymore?

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Version 3.5a2
ohsnap Member IconComment+1

Back in the day I actually bought a license. It's still good.

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Version 3.5a2
Razz Member IconReview+26

Ircle remains the best IRC client for the Mac. This baby installs and runs every time for me.

Things I like: 1. It works reliably. 2. Access to IRC commands from the console. Most Mac IRC clients do not provide this or provide a very limited command capability. 3. Full DCC, Xserve, and CTCP capability 4. Video capability 5. Automated functions 6. Scripting 7. It's small footprint. Many IRC clients are bloated.

Things I don't like: Too many windows to clutter the screen. On the other hand, I have a big screen so it doesn't bother me as much as when I had a smaller screen. Other clients go too far the other way by putting too much in one window, using tabs, etc. Maybe an option to use tabs would be nice.

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Version 3.5a1
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Version 4.0a5
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Current Version (4.x)


Downloads 29,316
Version Downloads 1,368
Type Internet / Chat
License Shareware
Date 27 Feb 2011
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free