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PIRCH98 running in Windows XP.
Developer(s) Northwest Computer Services
Stable release (January 1, 2001 (2001-01-01))
Development status discontinued
Operating system Windows
Type IRC client
License Shareware[1]
Website (archive)

PIRCH or pIRCh is a shareware IRC client[2] published by Northwest Computer Services. Its name is an acronym — PolarGeek's IRC Hack.[3]

The last version of the program, known as PIRCH98, was released in 1998.[2] PIRCH has in the past been considered to be the number two Windows IRC client behind mIRC.[2]

PIRCH inspired the creation of Vortec IRC due to a lack of software updates.[4]


In 1999, Joe Barr of LinuxWorld referred to Pirch as a "nice Windows client."[5] Forrest Stroud's 1998 review of Pirch stated it has "great selection of features and is an IRC client that will especially appeal to novice IRC users", such as the capability of simultaneous multiple server connections. But Stroud noted, "PIRCH is relatively slow in listing channels for servers and also lacks the capability to filter the number of channels based on the number of users or the ability to sort based on the name of a channel."[6]


  1. ^ "Pirch Download". Archived from the original on 2002-10-04. 
  2. ^ a b c Charalabidis, Alex (1999-12-15). "Windows IRC Clients: Pirch". The Book of IRC: The Ultimate Guide to Internet Relay Chat (1st ed.).  
  3. ^ Boyce, Jim (October 1998). Using and Upgrading PCs (2nd ed.).  
  4. ^ Kirkland, John. "About Vortec IRC". Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  5. ^ Barr, Joe (1999-06-15). "Opinion: Get online for (free) Linux support!". CNN (from LinuxWorld). Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  6. ^ Stroud, Forrest (July 13, 1998). "Pirch (". 

External links

  • Official site. (archive)
  • PIRCH98 (archive)

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