Colloquy
Colloquy
2.4.3

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Colloquy free download for Mac

Colloquy2.4.3

22 March 2014

Lightweight IRC chat client.

Overview

Colloquy is an advanced IRC & SILC client which aims to fill a void left by unglamorous clients. By adhering to OS X interface conventions, Colloquy has the look and feel of a quality Mac application.

Features:

  • AppleScript: A powerful dictionary for easy scripting.
  • Fast & Solid IRC Core: Powered by the Irssi engine.
  • Fast & Solid SILC Core: Powered by the SILC Toolkit.
  • Plug-In Love: Unlimited extensability through Plug-Ins.
  • Tight Ship: IRC over SSL for the paranoia.
  • Styled For You: Pick the look for your conversations, powered by WebKit.
  • Colors of the World: Fully compatible with mIRC colors.
  • Unintrusive Interface: Sleek multi- or single-window modes with tabs or a drawer.
  • File Transfer Medly: Full DCC transfer support with resume and passive DCC.
  • They're Your Buddies: A buddy list for your IRC friends.
  • Multiplicity: The freedom to chat on multiple servers.
  • Open Minded: Open source, like it should be.
  • Much, Much More! Just a better experience all-around.

What's new in Colloquy

Version 2.4.3:

Fixes:

  • Growl mistakenly being used instead of Notification Center on OS X 10.9
  • A crash when wrapping text onto new lines
  • A crash when closing a conversation that had been reordered
  • Changes to Spell Check settings not being remembered across launches
  • SSL connections sometimes taking a long time to connect
  • /itunes not always working with some versions of iTunes

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How would you rate Colloquy app?

56 Reviews of Colloquy

Tachy0n
10 August 2018
Version: 2.4.3

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macOS 10.13.6… It’s the beginning of the end. The IRC parts seem to work, but I can’t customize the channel styles anymore. If you click on a color, the color picker never appears. If you try to change the background image, the dialog box never appears. I suppose I could try finding a .plist somewhere and editing the values manually, but that’s a chore.
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Tachy0n
10 August 2018
Version: 2.4.3
macOS 10.13.6… It’s the beginning of the end. The IRC parts seem to work, but I can’t customize the channel styles anymore. If you click on a color, the color picker never appears. If you try to change the background image, the dialog box never appears. I suppose I could try finding a .plist somewhere and editing the values manually, but that’s a chore.
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Edgarpalmer
09 June 2015
Version: 2.4.3
Linkinus seems to have gone away and Colloquy would be a good replacement but it downloads epub and mobi formats as garbage. Unless I am missing something.
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dachkater
22 March 2014
Version: 2.4.3
"iTunes got an error: Can't get class of file track id XXXXX of user playlist id XXXXX of source id XXXXX." Their bug tracker is dead, Trac considered very 00's, time to upgrade. Get that shit up at Github or something, seriously.
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1.5
Ajd
25 December 2013
Version: 2.4.2
I've been a big fan of Colloquy for some time, it's always been a far more polished product than its competitors. Sadly, since switching to Mavericks it's been highly unstable and the developers behind Colloquy aren't known for their updates. Time to find an alternative :-(
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4
Timta2
16 November 2013
Version: 2.4.2
I really love this application but you would think that after all of these years of non-functioning search and find features that they would either fix them or remove them from the interface. I thought there was something wrong with my computer until I saw all of the complaints and tickets on the developer's site. Kind of disappointing as search/find are kind of important for an IRC client that can store thousands of lines of text. Everything else is great, it's easy on the eyes, works well, and is stable.
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5
Donmontalvo
27 September 2013
Version: 2.4.2
Good stuff, recommended, happy camper. Why not distribute through Apple App Store? :)
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5
Jazzyguy
14 March 2013
Version: 2.4.1
I have SNAK but this is a very nice and reliable Irc application. It seems smooth and is supported by SMUG.It is a rather simple IRC client and is easy for beginners to use.
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Alex1986
24 February 2013
Version: 2.4
The developer has just released 2.4.1 version. This is the changelog: - New - Notification Center support Mask-based ignore rules Support for ZNC partyline - Changed - Display unhandled mode changes Searching the web uses the default browser instead of assuming Safari Various performance enhancements with displaying large amounts of chat - Fixed - Permanent ignores are permanent again Issues that could cause the bouncer plugin to not work Issues that would cause toolbar icons to not show up on Retina screens Remove a sleep that slows down initial launches (Thanks to Danial Jalkut for the patch!) Remove unused buttons (Thanks to Danial Jalkut for the patch!) CTCP TIME shows up in user-local time instead of GMT Potential issues with styles that append elements together visually
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Pixeltrance
03 April 2012
Version: 2.4
Please note that the 2.4 update is Lion only. You can still download 2.3 on the developers homepage if you still have refused to downgrade from Snow Leopard to Lion.
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0.5
Livings124
15 March 2012
Version: 2.3
Long-standing bugs remain unfixed, leaving Growl broken since 2009 and closing windows extremely buggy and unreliable. Developers are rude to users contacting them. Project is essentially abandoned. I would look for an alternative.
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Knowhowe
12 September 2010
Version: 2.3
I've long been using the IRC prog in the SeaMonkey browser package to access my favourite trivia quiz - irc-//dalnet/#trivia But no more since I discovered Colloquy. For the non-nerd user such as I this is just perfect, I love it. Its ease of use has opened up the world of IRC for me. Thanks very much!
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5
Bedouin
23 July 2010
Version: 2.3
I was a die hard X Chat Aqua user after years of using BitchX in UNIX. I tried Colloquy when it first came out and -- first whatever reason, didn't like it. It seems to have matured since then and merged the classic IRC interface with a genuinely Mac feel. It's become my default IRC client now, and I suspect it uses less resources than X Chat Aqua did.
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4
New-User
05 May 2010
Version: 2.3
This is, for me, the only usable free IRC client on the mac. It's like the Safari of IRC clients, completely native and at home on the OS, where-as others feel like poorly done translations. It's had its share of bugs and stability problems in the past, but the current versions have been smooth sailing for me for a while now. There's always room for improvement in most any software. I give it 4/5, definitely in the best of its class.
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5
Mrgando
25 July 2009
Version: 2.2.1(4132)
This application is amazing, the price can't be beat, and it's packed with cool features. Low on memory usage too, the "automate" on connect has always proven very useful for me. Also the stability has always been rock solid for me. Thank you for this, and keep up the good work. _NG
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Greyman
12 January 2009
Version: 2.2.1(4132)
Stability in the current version is gone. if system looses network connectivity the application crashes. Also private messages are no longer opening a new tab. Having to resort back to older build.
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Greyman
12 January 2009
Version: 2.2.1(4132)
Stability in the current version is gone. if system looses network connectivity the application crashes. Also private messages are no longer opening a new tab. Having to resort back to older build.
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Terrio
10 January 2009
Version: 2.2.1(4132)
Won't start up on 10.3.9 -- crash log reads: dyld: /Users/xxxx/Downloads/Colloquy.app/Contents/MacOS/Colloquy Undefined symbols: ChatCore undefined reference to _NSBaseURLDocumentOption expected to be defined in AppKit ChatCore undefined reference to _NSCharacterEncodingDocumentOption expected to be defined in AppKit ChatCore undefined reference to _kCFStreamPropertySSLSettings expected to be defined in CoreServices ChatCore undefined reference to _kCFStreamSSLAllowsAnyRoot expected to be defined in CoreServices ChatCore undefined reference to _kCFStreamSSLValidatesCertificateChain expected to be defined in CoreServices Acid undefined reference to _kCFStreamPropertySSLSettings expected to be defined in CoreServices Acid undefined reference to _kCFStreamSSLAllowsAnyRoot expected to be defined in CoreServices
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Greyman
09 January 2009
Version: 2.2(4129)
System is 10.5.6 and I only use colloquy for silc servers. Current version 1/9/2009 crashes on start-up. even tried with it generating a new preferences file. Please fix this going back to older version till this is fixed.
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5
Gndzapp
07 December 2008
Version: 2.1(3761)
Use it daily, still my favorite IRC client!
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john-7
24 December 2007
Version: 2.1(3761)
Can't even get it to add an SILC server in the latest version (2.1). The join room button seems broken as well... manually joining in the console seems okay. Had to delete preferences twice so far as it crashes on start. Same experience on two different computers on Leopard. Someone, please write a STABLE SILC client! I'll pay for it!
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Foobaz
18 September 2007
Version: 2.1(3720)
Version 2.1(3720) of Colloquy fixes a lot of bugs and is far more stable and less resource-intensive than earlier versions. I tried it and ended up switching back to Colloquy from X-Chat.
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john-7
01 June 2007
Version: 2.1(3590)
I take it back -- This doesn't even deserve three starts. Just had to trash my prefs because Colloquy keeps crashing on launch. SILC support is barely functional. Buddy lists don't work right. Iconography in the Connections window is insane... I still have no idea how to tell if something is connecting or not. What on earth is the lightning bolt arrow supposed to mean? Garbage garbage garbage! I'm going back to irssi.
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john-7
16 May 2007
Version: 2.1(3590)
Colloquy is a mixed bag. On the plus side, it looks nice, works nice (mostly) once you have it set up, and most importantly for me, it has SILC support. Unfortunately, it has a number of issues. Appearance preferences usually do not update unless you restart the app. There's a bug in tab handling if you use the tabbed window mode (dragging a new tab to the left side jumps it to the right). It crashes on me once a day or so. It doesn't give much indication of how a connection attempt is going, especially on startup. It keeps creating a transcripts folder even though I have logging disabled. Etc etc... If you need SILC, this is definitely your best bet as nothing else exists beyond irssi-silc or gaim. If you don't need it, well... it is still probably your best bet. Just get used to the annoyances. It's a shame there isn't a more solid IRC client for the Mac. I'd happy pay $15-25 for one if there was.
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Simen
05 March 2007
Version: 2.1(3590)
It looks nice, and is easy enough. But it is so slow... When I write the application hang for like 5-6 seconds, maybe like one or two times each minute. Not good enough, totally useless for me.
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8bit-Wintermute
20 January 2007
Version: 2.1
I switched to this from X-Chat Aqua. It's mac-like enough. The only things that bug me are the growl-style popups that are a bit annoying, and I wish the nick column could automatically be as wide as it needed to be instead of me having to go back into the options to keep changing it. Other than that, this is the best mac client I've used for IRC. It sits at 2% cpu use on my dual core iMac BTW not 65%
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Leoncahun
18 January 2007
Version: 2.1
The app is nice, though it should be easier to switch views (tab-based view, drawer-based view, etc). However, what is a problem is the amount of cpu-cycles this puppy draws. In Activity Monitor it jumps up and down, crossing the 65% level (on a 2GHz Core Duo)! Come on, that's an IRC app (and I am talking about being connected to _one_ server, and _four_ channels at a time; not like 20 servers, and 80 channels). Bottom line: this app warms up my Macbook Pro more than Safari under heavy use; comparable to Aperture preparing some slideshow-previews, or stuff. I dont think that's acceptable.
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4.25
Po60t
24 June 2006
Version: 2.1
The best looking, most mac-like IRC client available for OSX. I love the customisability of Colloquoy. There are some nice themes from Adium that would look good in IRC. Some features I would like to see in the next version. -fserve support, !triggers and stuff. -handle the user list in a draw like Conversation with the Sidebar Window interface. -set colour of your name. (maybe you can do this already?) -Fix file transfer. If you clear a finished transfer, the feedback of the remaining downloads stops updating even though the file is still DL. If you want to refresh you have to keep clicking the clear button. Otherwise it is a pleasure to use.
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Atgmac
27 March 2006
Version: 2.1
I love this app! Keep up the good work.
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3.75
Reverb
14 June 2005
Version: 2.0 (2D16)
Pretty good, still a bit rough around the edges. For example, it slowed to a crawl and eventually crashed when I was in a room of 200+ users. But definitely one of the best free IRC clients for OS X.
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Anonymous
16 May 2005
Version: 2.0 (2D16)
the dcc section is since the tiger-version totally corrupted! continued files dont work after finish!!!
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4.25
Anonymous
15 May 2005
Version: 2.0 (2D16)
best irc client ever! but i miss an option to auto continiue!
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Anonymous
06 May 2005
Version: 2.0 (2D14)
Seems tolerably fast now. This is certainly nicer looking than MacIrssi, but I'll likely be switching back once/if that's fixed for Tiger
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Huck
26 April 2005
Version: 2.0 (2C11)
If you're using 10.4, you'll probably run into crappy problems that are only fixed by repeatedly deleting preferences. The nightlies work correctly on 10.4. Get it here: http://www.colloquy.info/downloads/nightly.zip It does have a lingering bug with certain applescripts, but seems otherwise okay.
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5
Anonymous
21 April 2005
Version: 2.0 (2C11)
Great. Finally a easy to use, clear, clean and simple irc client. Yesss!!
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5
Anonymous
17 April 2005
Version: 2.0 (2C11)
Very, very well done. That says it all...
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4.5
Anonymous
13 April 2005
Version: 2.0 (2C11)
fast,sleek,efficient, best irc client i've ever tried.
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5
Anonymous
02 March 2005
Version: 2.0 (2C11)
Best IRC and SILC client for the platform. And the only one that looks like it belongs on the platform. Developer: good job.
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Anonymous
25 February 2005
Version: 2.0 (2C11)
so where is the Jaguar version 1 ??
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5
Anonymous
15 February 2005
Version: 2.0 (2C11)
In time, this will be the application all other IRC-Clients are measured against - on any platform. I have been grabbing the nightly builds of this app for a while now, and are pleased to see it is being actively developed. The way it takes advantage of core osx technologies should be an inspiration for all developers out there - from the usage of Growl notification-bezels to the styling by xslt/css. The applescript-library of this app is huuge. While some IRC poweruser might still find it a bit lacking in a few areas, i think this one deserves the 5 stars in all areas. Last but not least, it is open source, so you can checkout the code by SVN your self if you think you can contribute.
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3.75
Anonymous
03 January 2005
Version: 2.0 (2C11)
in lager rooms colloguy is extreamly slow... uselessly in lage rooms
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3.5
Anonymous
09 December 2004
Version: 2.0 (2C11)
I don't know what happens to this application, but now is extremely low, after using it a few minutes. Hope the authors fix this problem. All other things are fine.
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Anonymous
17 November 2004
Version: 2.0 (2C11)
Best one out there. thanks for not forgetting about 10.2 users
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Anonymous
10 November 2004
Version: 2.0 (2C11)
I don't think developers should release software with cryptic build numbers. It really is better to stick to the widely understood x.x.x convention. If Colloquy isn't ready for a 2.0.1 designation, for example, then it probably isn't ready for public consumption and should be seeded longer among beta testers until it *is* ready. Or if it is ready for public consumption (which it appears to be), just release it as 2.0.1, 2.0.2, etc. But hey, that's just my opinion. ;)
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4.25
Anonymous
24 October 2004
Version: 2.0 (2C10)
Looks to be shaping up nicely, and I recommend it to any OS X user new to IRC, but it's still lacking in a few important respects, enough to still seem a bit too 'basic' to those who've been using IRC for years. Make scripting a wee bit easier, have better online documentation (especially where scripting is concerned), and better integrate server-consoles (currently, they don't follow the themes one uses, and they also seem to lack certain things I consider vital, like ping-times and notification on reception of ping.) For now, I'm sticking with X-Chat Aqua, but I can see myself switching to Colloquy when the time comes.
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Anonymous
23 October 2004
Version: 2.0 (2C10)
I think this is the best IRC client out there by far. Its user interface is simply sexy and all the commands are intuitive. Keep up the good work!
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4.25
Anonymous
22 October 2004
Version: 2.0 (2C10)
Damn nifty IRC client... Good to see the speed improvements, since that is/was the main thing keeping me using MacIrssi.
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5
Anonymous
15 September 2004
Version: 2.0 (v2B101.1)
Very nice client! Easy to use, lots of options, and very nice interface! I used X-Chat Aqua before, and I recommend this software over X-Chat Aqua. The price is also very nice. ;)
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Gorman
26 June 2004
Version: 2.0 (v2B101.1)
I've been using IRC for years and years, and more years. Before I "switched" to Mac a year and a half ago, I had always used Xircon for IRC. I always liked the feel of it more than mIRC and others. Once I started using OS X, I found that X-Chat was very similar to Xircon, so I stuck with that. I had seen Colloquy around the 'net a few times, but I always ignored it, figuring I'd feel the same way about it that I felt about mIRC during my Windows days. I finally decided to try out the nightly build of it out of pure curiosity. Well, I'm a changed man. Thanks to its extreme level of customization, I was able to get it working and looking exactly the way I wanted. Once I felt comfortable using it, I started discovering how unique of an IRC client it truly is. From the buddy list to the alerts to the CSS/XSLT based customization, Colloquy is amazing. It's not just the best IRC application I've used, but it's one of the best applications I've seen on OS X period. That's saying a lot. To top it all off, it's free and open-source. I can't thank the developers enough for working so hard to create Colloquy. It's amazing as is, and I can't wait to see how it continues to evolve. They'll definitely see a donation from me soon! Make sure to grab the newest nightly build ( http://colloquy.info/downloads/nightly.zip ) and some third-party styles for it ( http://colloquy.info/community/index.php?ColloquyStyles )!
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Anonymous
06 June 2004
Version: 2.0 (v2B101.1)
Colloquy is great, but after a while, whenever I press "Connect", the icon just grays out, and then does nothing...
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Anonymous
25 May 2004
Version: 2.0 (v2B101.1)
IP's and server messages can be shown by opening the console window, and you can highlight the topic by "Get Info"-ing on a channel. :)
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Anonymous
25 May 2004
Version: 2.0 (v2B101.1)
Colloquy is a great program; however 2B101 is a somewhat old build and missing a lot of features. Get the latest build at http:/​​/​​colloquy.info/​​downloads/​​nightly.zip instead.
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4.25
Phobia
04 October 2003
Version: 1.0.1
Good stuff, xenon :-)
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3.25
Slavya
04 July 2003
Version: 1.0.1
Can not disable the join «who is»... Mega flooding
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3.5
Anonymous
14 May 2003
Version: 1.0.1
My favourite client in terms of ease of use. Has nice features, but also sorely lacks others. Is more aimed at a newer IRC user. My bad points: Lacks support for many irc commands, does not allow topic text to be selected, doesn't show IPs or other server messages. Multiple chat windows can get cluttersome.
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4.25
Anonymous
16 March 2003
Version: 1.0.1
other than lack of dcc chat, this works just fine. But the DCC chat thing is kind of frustrating.
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Anonymous
16 March 2003
Version: 1.0.1
Great Design, a little lacking in features.
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