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Choose an IRC Client

An IRC client is required to connect to an IRC server. To get started Choose IRC Client from this list.

Choose an IRC Network

There are many IRC networks and channels to choose from. Many clients will have a default list of networks. To find a network and some channels there are many available to search from as well.

Choose an IRC Channel

Once connected to a network you can query the server for a list of channels using the `/list` command. Once you find a channel that you like you can join it with the `/join` command (eg- `/join #channel`).

Basic Commands


  • `/join` - Joins you to a channel. *Example:* `/join #channel`
  • `/list` - Lists channels on the network
  • `/msg` - On most clients this will send a private message to the given nickname. *Example:* `/msg nickname hello`
  • `/nick` - Changes your nickname. *Example:* `/nick 0`
  • `/part` - Leaves the channel *Example:* `/part #channel`


For networks that provide services there are typically 2 bots that you will find for nickname and channel services, Nickserv & Chanserv.


Register your nickname

To register your nickname you would generally type something such as /msg nickserv register <password> <email>

Login to your nickname

The easiest way to login to your nickname is to use the Nickserv's identify command, however SASL is typically an option too.

To use the identify command type something such as /msg nickserv identify <password>.


Register a channel

If you have a channel on IRC you can register the channel to protect it from other people taking over. To register your channel you would typically type something like /msg chanserv register <channel>.