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IRC Tutorial: Getting on IRC

Chatzilla screen open on query window (IRC-Client)

Image via Wikipedia

Thanks to the administrators at dark hoods we now have our own IRC chat room

Server: irc.grayhoods.org
Port: 6667 or 6697 for SSL
Channel: #HackoBlog

In this tutorial I hope to get new users on to IRC

What is IRC?

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of real-time Internet text messaging (chat) or synchronous conferencing. It is mainly designed for group communication in discussion forums, called channels, but also allows one-to-one communication via private message, as well as chat and data transfers via Direct Client-to-Client.

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Relay_Chat

The first thing you will need is a client the client will allow you to join IRC Channels (chat rooms) kind of like a web browser.
Here are A few,

MIRC (Windows)
http://www.mirc.com

Hydra (Windows)
http://www.hydrairc.com

Trillian (Windows)
http://www.ceruleanstudios.com

Miranda (Windows)
http://www.miranda-im.org

Pidgin ( Linux/ Windows)
http://www.pidgin.im

Konversation ( Linux)
http://www.konversation.kde.org/

X-chat ( Linux/ Windows)  more help for Xchat
http://www.xchat.org/

ChatZilla ( Linux/ Windows)
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/16

and many more, go have a look around the net for a while there is no rush. Now you need to know the address, for this example we will join irc.grayhoods.org using ChatZilla.

(commands can be different in client and servers please see the appropriate documentation)

The command is usually /attach(address goes hear ) (port number) or with /SERVER in most IRC clients so go a head and type it in.

As it is a default port we don’t need to specify the port, if you do however then it would look like this.

/attach irc.grayhoods.org 6667
or
/SERVER irc.grayhoods.org 6667

6667  is the default port in most IRC servers.

In some IRC client you specify the address in a dialogue box in that case the address is  irc.grayhoods.org and the port would be 6667

Now you have joined the server its now time to register you nick name.

To create or change a nickname just type.

/NICK “crazy_nickname”

No quotes and remember no spaces either.

OK on the Gray Hoods server we have NickServ to protect nick names so once you have  a nick name that is not already registered type this command.

/msg NickServ register “Password” “email@domain.com”

No quotes and put your password and email in there OK!

To re-identify yourself on return visits just type.

/msg NickServ IDENTIFY password

OK now we have registered the crazy_nickname lets join a channel.

Type /list for a list off all the channels when you find one you like type /join #chan_name, the main Hack o Blog channel is #HackoBlog so go ahead and type

/join #HackoBlog

OK and that’s it, Important notes don’t annoy people, harass people, steal nicknames, spam, or be annoying at all you will get slapped or banned. AND DON’T FEED THE BEARS!

I might add a Mibit widget at some point.

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2 responses to “IRC Tutorial: Getting on IRC

  1. jim September 10, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    this is awesome man

  2. Pingback: Site Updates For The HackoBlog « The Hack o blog

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