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Help Resources

mIRC and IRC are used by a diverse and active community and you will find many websites with guides, examples and resources dedicated to both. We have listed a few below that we think you might find fun or useful.

Getting Started with mIRC


If you are new to mIRC, we recommend that you visit the Getting Started with mIRC page which takes you step by step through the process of downloading mIRC to sending your first channel message.

Help File and FAQs


If you need help with using mIRC, mIRC comes with a thorough help file that covers all of the basics. We recommend that you read the first few sections of this help file.

If you are looking for more detailed information, the next step would be to look in the IRC and mIRC FAQs. There is also a good introduction to IRC at IRC Prelude.

If you are thinking of running your own channel, you should read: How to run a channel.

Discussion Forums


The mIRC Discussion Forums are a great place to ask questions and share your thoughts with other mIRC users. Thousands of people have posted all kinds of questions and answers there.

Scripts, Addons, DLLs and Tutorials


The mIRC Scripting Language can be used to extend mIRC in a variety of ways, from managing your channels more easily to playing games. If you are looking for ways to extend mIRC or are learning how to script and need examples, you can find resources on sites like Hawkee or on the mIRC Discussion Forums in the Scripts and Popups section.

Searching IRC and finding channels


The thousands of channels that make up IRC are spread across hundreds of IRC networks, so finding channels that match your interests can often take time. The following IRC search engines can help: Search IRC, Netsplit and GoGloom.

You can also find more information at: How to find a channel.

Popular Networks


The largest IRC networks can have as many as tens of thousands of users and channels at any one time, while smaller networks that cater to specific interests may have only a few hundred users. Some currently popular networks are: DALnet, EFnet, Freenode, GameSurge, IRCHighWay, IRCnet, QuakeNet, Rizon, SwiftIRC, Undernet and Ustream.

IRC Quotes


You can browse through some recent IRC quotes at: Bash and QDB.

Features


Although most features are covered in the help files and FAQs, the following pages provide more details about: SSL Connections, Microsoft Agent, Color Codes and Chat Links.

Servers


If you are an experienced IRC user and are thinking of setting up your own IRC server, you may want to read: Running an IRC Server.

Some of the more popular IRC daemons are: Bahamut, DICE, Hybrid, InspIRCd, OfficeIRC, Ratbox, Undernet and Unreal.

Technical and RFCs


The IRC protocol is defined in a number of documents, many of which were written a long time ago and have not been updated since. Although IRC has evolved significantly since then, with many different IRC server implementations extending and adding features, the documents are still very useful.

If you have a website that you think would be suitable for listing on this help page, please contact us.