How to use IRC guide

NCC10281982B - 2006-11-27 08:25:29 in Internet
Category: Internet
Reviewed by: NCC10281982B   
Reviewed on: December 4, 2006

With any luck, this little guide will help everyone that has been asking questions about IRC, more specifically, the IRC Channel.


What is IRC?
For those that don't know, IRC is an acronym for “Internet Relay Chat”. The first IRC network came on line during the summer of 1988 when Jarkko "WiZ" Oikarinen created the first IRC client and server at the University of Oulu, Finland. Two years later, EFNet was brought on line, and quickly became one of the largest IRC networks. Today, there are thousands of IRC Networks, large and small.


IRC Clients
While there are a variety of IRC clients available, the focus of this guide will be the use of mIRC, a Windows based IRC client. There are many different clients available, some of the more popular ones include BitchX, XChat, Trillian, BeserIRC, Klient, ChatZilla (found in Mozilla Web Browser), and even the Opera Web Browser has IRC support in v7.50+.


Using mIRC
The first thing to do is obviously to download mIRC. At the writing of this guide, the current version of mIRC is 6.12.

After downloading mIRC, the next set would be to install it. It's a simple process, and takes just a couple of minutes. If you need help on installing mIRC, please refer to the mIRC documentation found here.

Now that you've gotten mIRC downloaded and installed, its time to start up mIRC, and get it set up so you can connect to the network we use, as well as the channel.

The first thing you will see when you start up mIRC, is the mIRC Options page.


mIRC Options Screen

Fill in the full name, using anything you want. You can use your real name, your forum name, or whatever.

Below that is your email address. I strongly suggest that you do not enter your email address in here. You need to enter something, and it needs to be in the format of an email address. What you use is up to you.

Below that is Nickname, enter in here what you want to be known as in the IRC Channel. You should use the name part from your email address as your nickname. Best thing to do here is to use your forum nick for both. This also helps so people know who you are. For example, if you enter the email [email protected], then your Nickname would be foo.

mIRC Options Screen

The Alternative blank below that will be what your nick will be should someone else be using your name. - Don't worry, we'll show you how to register your nickname later on so only you can use it.

Now that we have those fields filled in, we want to move on to the Identd option.

Using mIRC

mIRC Options (Identd) Screen

Select the option for “Enable Identd server” and the option for “Use ID from email address”.

mIRC Options (Identd) Screen

If you have a socks4, or 5 Firewall or a proxy server, you can configure the appropriate settings under the Firewall option.

mIRC Options (Firewall) Screen

You can configure mIRC to connect when the program starts or if you become disconnected through the “Options” option. We'll be back to this options later to take a look at the preform commands.

mIRC Options (Options) Screen

Now, let's get you connected to the XGNet Network. But first, we need to add the server into the server list. First thing to do is still inside the mIRC Options screen (ctrl if you exited out) is to click on the Servers Option.

mIRC Options (Servers) Screen

You should see an Add button, under the IRC Server drop down menu. Click the Add button to bring up the add server screen.

Enter the following information:
Description: SkullBoxZ: Random Server
Port(s): 6667
Group: SkullBoxZ

Leave the password blank and click Add. The server is added to the server list, and is brought up when you return to the mIRC Options. To connect to the server now, click “Connect To Server”.

Using mIRC

mIRC Options (Servers) Screen

The mIRC Options will disappear, and mIRC will attempt to connect to the IRC Network. Once it has connected, a “favorites” list will appear. Uncheck the box at the bottom that says “Pop up favorites on connect, and then click ok to close the window.

mIRC Favorites Pop-up

You should now be looking at the main mIRC window again. You should see the “Message of the Day” (MOTD), server stats, your host name, and other relevant information.

mIRC Window - Connected to

Now, we'll join the channel. To do this, type:
/join #occ. Also you can use the /list command to see a list of channels on the network.

Congratulations, you are now inside the IRC Channel. You're now free to chat, or do whatever. That is of course, as long as you follow the channel and server rules.

mIRC Chat Window

The mIRC (and most other IRC clients) screen is divided into three sections. The center are is where the messages are displayed. On the right, you have a list of people in the room. And the bottom, under the chat area is the text area where you input your messages.


Ops and Voices
You're probably asking why some people have a “@” or a “+” next to their name. These symbols next to a name or nick represents the status or position of that person in the Channel.

mIRC Chat Window - Voiced and Oped Users

“@” designates an Op, or Operator. This is used primarily OCC Staff, and anyone else delegated to help moderate the OCC IRC Channel. Ops have the ability to kick users from the channel, or ban users for violations of the rules.

“+” designates a “voiced” user. For the purposes of the OCC IRC Channel, these people are dedicated members of the channel, who help others. They have been voiced to distinguish themselves from normal people in the chat. Keep in mind, this is only what the voiced “+” status represents in the OCC IRC Channel.

The actual intention of “+” status, is for what is called a “moderated IRC Channel”. In these types of channels, only Ops, and voiced people are allowed to talk. This is common at developer chats on networks such as and

Registering a Nickname
The registration process for the Worldeclipse servers is fairly simple. First, you must tell the authentication server that you want to register the nickname. To do this, type:

/msg NickServ REGISTER password [email]

After using the above command you will receive an email with instructions about how to continue registration.

Other IRC Commands
Here are a few of the commonly used commands for our IRC network, these commands may or may not work on other IRC networks you visit:

Additional IRC Resources

OverclockersClub Forums
New IRC Users
IRC Beginner
IRC Guide - German
IRC Junkie
IRC Newbies