Defined in :
- RFC 1459 ( Internet Relay Chat)
What is it?
IRC is a multi-user,
multi-channel chatting network. It allows people all over the internet
to talk to one another in real-time. It is a functional replacement and
improvement to 'talk.
IRC is based on a client-server model. You run a client program on your
own computer which connects you to a server computer on the Internet.
link to many other servers to make up an IRC network,
which transport messages from one user (client) to another. In this
manner, people from all over the world
can talk to each other live and
After connecting to IRC , you need to choose a nickname to connect to IRC Networks. These networks contain thousands of people with different locations and
interests. These people create channels where they can participate in discussion or may chat privately with individuals.
You need a IRC Client to connect to IRC Network.
- Windows : mIRC (shareware)
- Mac : Ircle (shareware)
- Unix : ircII
- Firefox : Chatzilla Plugin
Every IRC client has an input area where you can type what you want to
say or issue IRC commands. You issue IRC commands by typing on a new
something beginning with a / (forward slash) character. Anything
that does not begin with a / is assumed to be a message you are typing
to someone or some
- /LIST : Lists IRC channels, number of users, and topic for each.
/NAMES #channel-name : Shows the nicknames of all users on that channel.
- /WHOIS nickname : Shows information about the nick specified.
/AWAY away-message-here : Leave a message explaining that you are not currently paying attention to IRC.
/QUIT [optional farewell message] : Exits IRC
/JOIN #channelname : Changes your current channel to the channel specified.
- /ME does something : Performs an action on a channel.
/LEAVE [#channel_name] : Leaves the specified channel, or if no channel is specified,
leaves the current channel.
IRC Private Chat Commands
/MSG nickname message : Use the /MSG command to send someone a message that
only that person can read.
DCC CHAT : DCC stands for Direct Client Communication, where you and your friend's
client programs connect directly to each other, bypassing IRC servers and their occasional "lag" or "split" problems. Like /MSG, the DCC chat
is completely private.
IRC File Transfer Commands