for X-Chat 2.0.x
1. Check if you already got ActivePerl 5.8 installed on your system
(Control Panel -> Software). If so, continue with step 3.
2. Download the current version of ActivePerl 5.8 from this site: Activestate
ActivePerl Download Page and
installier it. (Left-click on the link
saying "MSI" to the side of the latest version of Perl
-> [Save]. After completion of the transfers click on [Open] .)
Download as well as the installation of ActivePerl take some time.
Please be patient. You only need to download and install ActivePerl
once and can, in order to update X-Chat
or GemX, start at step 3.
3. Check if you already got the current gtk+ runtime library installed
on your system (Control Panel -> Software). If so, continue with
step 3a. Else download and install it from the XChat download link
posted in step 3a. This step can be ommited if you want to use the
official version (Download links on the Pre-Requisites page
3a. Check if you already got XChat >= 2.8.0 installed (Control
-> Software). If so, continue with step 5.
4. Download the current version of XChat >=2.8.0
and install it with its default settings. For download links, refer to the page "Prerequisites".
5. Exit XChat 2.8.0 in case it's running.
6. Download the current version of GemX: GemX
for Windows and
Please note: When you have used XChat 2.x or even GemX for XChat
2.x before, do not install the "Enhanced default serverlist".
Install this on a first-time installtion only, or if you are missing
servers in your list. After installing the "Enhanced default
serverlist" you need to re-configure to which server X-Chat should
connect on start, as well as any non-global settings, like special
nicknames in certain networks.
6. Start XChat 2.x
Although XChat is comparably
safe, especially compared to mIRC, it cannot be assured that problems
exist in current versions of XChat, that are fixed in later versions.
You should therefore re-check regulary, approx. once per month, if a
newer version is available and install it if necessary as described
from in step 4.
note: I continously work on
GemX to correct bugs and implement new features.
New versions are
automatically uploaded to this server,
sometimes multiple times a day. It is therefore recommended to update
oftenly. Your settings are preserved. Proceed as described from step 5
note: Chatting using a
Chat-client, regardless of which one, exposes you to the risk of
getting virii and
This is independent of XChat and GemX, it also applies to users of
BitchX, OpenChat, Xircon, Pirch, mIRC,...
You should therefore install a resident
virus scanner, that means one that permanently scans for virii on file
creation/opening and not only when running a manual/scheduled scan of
your system. This note applies in general to all machines running
Windows, regardless of the use of Chat-clients.
Be cautious. There is absolutely no
reason to embed pictures in a Word-Document for sending it to others,
except the sender is intending to spread macro-virii. Never open files
that have double extensions (e.g. .txt.shs)!
For Linux download the ZIP-archive containing the script files and add
them to your system manually (Read INSTALL.TXT):
*ix Version Mirror 1
Start XChat 2.x