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 7.0.8

[CHANGED] Actions in the Total Sublime style are no longer colored red.
[CHANGED] Improve performance and reliability of the Equinox style.

[FIXED] Fixed certain Twitch content appearing inline with chat when it wasn't supposed to.
[FIXED] Fixed inability to read labels in the server list and user list when dark appearance is enabled.
[FIXED] Fixed inability to restore purchases.

For the release notes for version 7.0.7, see this link:

Ratings and Reviews

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.

Future Development


Textual has been a mature IRC application for a few years now. However, the iterative updates, performance improvements, and new features continue to modernize IRC. This is the only client I’ve used which makes IRC feel modern and intuitive. Textual 7 comes with several new enhancements and features that will make the upgrade immediately beneficial. However, the primary motive for upgrading and purchasing the full version is to support further development.

As a multi-year Textual owner, I continue to be impressed with it day-to-day.

The premier IRC app for the Mac


Want to connect to IRC servers with a Mac? Then get Textual, it’s simply the best application to use. Advanced features, a solid roadman for the future, and years of past support. Works just fine through bouncers as well (I currently use it with ZNC).

For those complaining about the upgrade fee, considering there hasn’t been one charged in years, you have no right to complain. 6 will still be supported for 2 more years. Want to see further development? Support the developers. Textual is worth every penny.


Codeux Software, LLC
8.6 MB
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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