Palaver is a modern IRC client for iPhone and iPad featuring a unique user interface which makes using IRC a pleasure. It fits you and your mobile devices perfectly. You can use Palaver on the large screen of the iPad or on the road with your iPhone. Palaver was made with the modern IRC user in mind and features IRCv3 support, ZNC integration, push notifications, and much more.

• Quick and intuitive interface.
• Auto-completion for nicknames, channels and commands.
• Customizable highlight and mention notices with alerts and vibrations.
• Complete SASL support for securely identifying to networks such as Freenode.
• Wide range of themes and styles to choose from.
• ZNC integration
• Push notifications (with a module for ZNC, see:
• Synchronisation of preferences via iCloud.
• IRCv3 compliant.

What’s New

Version 2.8.3

- The timestamp format now respects locale, if you have the system set to 12-hour time this will be represented in Palaver. You can `/set ui.time_format HH:mm:ss` to force 24-hour time in Palaver.
- Long pressing a URL in a query buffer will now allow you to copy and share the URL.

Bug Fixes

- Prevent a potential crash while using the djb2 nick colour hash algorithm when receiving long messages.
- Persist automatic night threshold preference, this setting was not being saved and thus had no effect.
- Handle invalid IRC Colour codes in received messages.
- Improve automatically switching between light and dark themes based on brightness while the system keyboard is open.

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

rootphreak ,

The latest update screwed things up for ZNC users.

The latest update (2.7.0) seems to have added your nick as a prefix for server messages and it's especially noticeable with ZNC altering your away status when you start the app. This is not normal at all. As such, Palaver recognizes these as notifications since like a typical IRC client, you want to be notified when your nick is mentioned. By connecting to a number of networks at once through ZNC, you are shown that your nick was mentioned a large number of times (mine being 22 times). You have to view the server messages for each network in order to clear them which is a big annoyance. After dealing with this multiple times, you sort of stop caring if any of these notifications came from an actual person mentioning your nick in a channel.

As of now my options for dealing this is currently: a) waste time clearing these out every time I launch the app, b) completely disable notifications which means I won't be told when someone mentions my nick, or c) use a different iOS IRC client. Until this issue is fixed or turned into a configurable option, I'm going with c).

To repeat myself, this has nothing to do with ZNC and is very much a client-end thing, and a strange one at that.

Developer Response ,


We started badging the network console when you receive unknown events as it was unclear to users where these went. Looks like a few slipped through that shouldn't cause the badging and we've now ignore away and unaway like messages. Palaver 2.7.1 will be out shortly making this change.

We've added a configuration option in 2.7.1 to disable this feature entirely if desired, please email us or reach out on IRC if you need any help.

Please enjoy Palaver 2.7.1.

avihsnis ,

My preferred for 2+ years

It does pretty without skimping significantly on functionality. kudos for proactively supporting ZNC. I considered this the best IRC app on iOS over 2 years ago and after taking a long hiatus that hasn't changed. well done.

nordr ,

Really the only professionally-done IRC client for iOS

Other than IRCCloud, which requires a subscription, this is it. It’s well-designed. It has all the features you’d expect. It supports ZNC. I’ve tried other apps, and they don’t hold a candle to Palaver. Kudos to the dev.


35.1 MB

Requires iOS 10.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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