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IRC Networks and Servers

mIRC is an IRC client that can be used to chat with other people on IRC networks around the world. To use mIRC, you need to connect to an IRC network. An IRC network is made up one or more IRC servers that are all connected to each other. By connecting to any of the servers on a particular network, you will see the same channels and people.

IRC networks are created, owned, and run by thousands of independent individuals and organizations around the world and there are many hundreds, if not thousands, of such networks.

mIRC comes with a default list of IRC networks and servers. If you are using an old list of servers, you can update your servers by downloading the latest servers.ini file and saving it to the folder where you installed mIRC.

Connecting to an IRC Network

If you are new to mIRC, you can find a guide to getting started here. The guide introduces you to the basics of mIRC and IRC, including how to connect an IRC network, join a channel and send your first message.

If you have already installed mIRC, you can also connect to a network by clicking on chat links, like those listed below. You can learn more about chat links here.

Popular IRC Networks

The number of IRC networks is changing all the time, as networks are constantly being created and destroyed. Some IRC networks last for many years, while others disappear after a few months. Currently, some of the more popular IRC networks are:

DALnet

EFnet

Freenode

GameSurge

IRCHighway

IRCnet

QuakeNet

Rizon

SwiftIRC

Undernet

Ustream
http://www.dal.net

http://www.efnet.org

http://www.freenode.net

http://www.gamesurge.net

http://www.irchighway.net

http://www.ircnet.org

http://www.quakenet.org

http://www.rizon.net

http://www.swiftirc.net

http://www.undernet.org

http://www.ustream.tv
irc://dalnet

irc://efnet

irc://freenode

irc://gamesurge

irc://ircnet

irc://irchighway

irc://quakenet

irc://rizon

irc://swiftirc

irc://undernet

irc://ustream

More IRC Networks

The above list is far from complete. There are many more IRC Networks. You can find an up-to-date list of current IRC networks on Netsplit and SearchIRC.