Textual is the world's most popular application for interacting with Internet Relay Chat (IRC) chatrooms on OS X.

First appearing in 2010, Textual has since evolved and matured into the top IRC client for OS X; relied on and trusted by thousands of people.

Beautiful Interface
• Textual includes two elegantly designed dark and light variants of the user interface which have been refined all the way down to the very last pixel.

• Textual supports very powerful modern technologies such as native IPv6, the latest IRCv3 specifications, client-side certificate authentication, and much, much more in an easy to navigate, clutter free environment.

Privacy is valued
• Textual protects your privacy by leveraging widely accepted, proven technologies such as Off-the-Record Messaging (OTR) to ensure that the only people reading your conversations are those that you intend to.

• Textual takes customization to the next level with styles created using well documented, open web standards in addition to addons built using a multitude of programming languages such as AppleScript, Objective-C, PHP, Python, Perl, Ruby, Shell, and Swift.

Textual also includes…

• Address Book for tracking when friends are online & offline
• Auto-completion for nicknames, commands, and channels
• Bold, color, italic, and underline text formatting
• Built in support for converting text emoticons to emojis
• Growl and native Notification Center support
• Inline media embedding (Show images inline with chat)
• Inline nickname colorization
• Per-channel notification controls
• Powerful ZNC integration for power users
• Powerful filters that can perform commands in response to input
• Powerful, customizable, rule-based ignore matching
• Quick navigation using fuzzy searching
• Rich array of keyboard shortcuts
• SOCKS4, SOCKS5, and HTTP proxy support (with or without SSL)
• Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL)
• Support for sending self-signed certificates for authentication
• Support for validating and specifying trust for untrusted certificates
• Viewing multiple channels at the same time
• iCloud support for syncing connections and preferences

…and much, much more!

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What's New

Version 7.0.10

• [ADDED]: Added inline video support for public Nest camera clips.
• [ADDED]: Added setqueryname command which can be used to rename query windows.
• [ADDED]: Added preference beneath “Only inline images and videos” in the Inline Media section of Preferences that when disabled, disables embeddable video services such as Vimeo, YouTube, and others.
• [ADDED]: Added “Enable Off-the-Record Messaging” preference to the Off-the-Record Messaging section of Preferences which can be used to disable Off-the-Record Messaging support.

• [CHANGED]: The timer command has been rewritten from scratch. The new command supports repeating timers. It also supports listing, stopping, and restarting timers. Type “/timer help” for more information.
• [CHANGED]: The lagcheck and mylag commands now outputs time in milliseconds.
• [CHANGED]: The correct syntax for many commands is now shown when a command is used incorrectly.
• [CHANGED]: Query windows are no longer renamed during nickname changes if one is already opened for the new nickname.
• [CHANGED]: “Begin Session” no longer appears in log files unless at least one item is logged during the session.
• [CHANGED]: Support for echo-message has been disabled until message-tags is more widely supported.
• [CHANGED]: The per-channel preferences labeled “Show inline media” and “Disable inline media” are now saved internally as separate flags. When the global preference to show media inline with chat is toggled, the per-channel preferences no longer behave as an inverse of the user's intent.

• [FIXED]: Fixed main window segmented controller appearing clipped on the right side.
• [FIXED]: Fixed app becoming unresponsive when displaying certain prompts together.

See for history of changes.

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
6 Ratings
6 Ratings

Keeps crashing High Sierra


Pending resolution, 2/5. It doesn’t (seem to) just work.
On my High Sierra, it keeps crashing, don’t want to spam the devs with “Send report”! :(

Developer Response

amacvar, I would love to help you with whatever problem you may be experiencing. Can you please send an e-mail to at your earliest convenience. Thank you.

Best product and good support too!


Solid irc client. Support on Textual channel on Freenode is excellent.

Developer Response

macOS-veteran-user, I would love to help you with whatever problem you may be experiencing. Can you please send an e-mail to at your earliest convenience. Thank you.

Beautiful, amazing client


This client is everything I’d hoped for, and more. Its scripting support is great, it has first class support for features that are annoying on other clients (bouncer, encryption, certificate auth, etc), and it’s the perfect client to take advantage of Mac’s amazing Unicode support (which I LOVE). The authors didn’t try to make IRC into something that it’s not (like a file sharing client, or something you can run in your browser, etc) There’s nothing earth shattering about any of the features, but when they all come togehter, it just felt like the client I’d been searching for all these years.

The price was spot on too … it doesn’t take long to get your money’s worth - the developers have proven their commitment to this software, so when the recent v7 upgrade came out (again, reasonably priced), I bought it right away - like other people said, to support further development.


Codeux Software, LLC
8.8 MB
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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