Thursday, April 9, 2009

Basic IRC Commands

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 line 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 channel. In the following I will describe the more common commands used in everyday IRC life. Just as you are able to surf the net with a few tricks to help make things easier, IRC is very similar.

Basic IRC Commands


Type /server (port) - to connect to an IRC server. Example: /server 6667

What it looks like:   [18:44] *** Connecting to (6667) [18:46] *** Looking up your hostname... [18:46] - [18:46] *** Checking Ident [18:46] - [18:46] *** Found your hostname [18:46] - [18:47] *** Got Ident response[18:44] -


Type /join #channelname -- to join a channel of your choice. Example: /join #fana

What it looks like:   [18:44] *** Now talking in #fana [18:44] *** Topic is 'Welcome to #fana... be nice and Enjoy the room!! ®© [ENGLISH]'[18:44] *** Set by Hamzah on Sun Jul 23 16:10:34

/me The /me is an action message.

Type /me 'does anything' Example: /me hugs cutegirl

What it looks like:   * Hamzah hugs cutegirl


Type /msg nickname (message) to start a private chat. Example: /msg Hamzah Hey tat, how are you?

What it looks like:   -> *Hamzah* Hey zah, how are you?


/nick changes your nickname Example: type /nick newnickname

What it looks like: I typed /nick HamzahAway   *** Hamzah is now known as HamzahAway


A notice is used to send a short message to another person without opening up a private window.

Type /notice nickname (message) Example: /notice badnick Please change your nickname for this family channel.

What it looks like:   -> -badnick- Please change your nickname for this family channel.


Type /part -- to leave the current channel Type /part #fana -- to leave #fana if you are in. Type /partall -- to leave all the channels you are in


Type /ping nickname. What this command does is give you the ping time, or lag time, between you and the person you pinged. Lag can be explained as the amount of time it takes for you to type your message and for others to read your messages. Unfortunately, lag is always a part of IRC, although most times. it's not a problem, just a nuisance. Example: /ping FDisk

What it looks like:   [19:04] -> [FDisk] PING [19:04] [FDisk PING reply]: 0secs


Similar to the /msg, except it forces a window to pop open. Type /query nickname (message) Example: /query FDisk Are you there?

What it looks like:   <Hamzah> Are you there?


Type /quit to leave IRC altogether. This disconnects mirc from the server. Example: /quit Time to sleep

What it looks like:   *** Quits: Kijang (Quit: Time to sleep)


Unfortunately, there will be times when you don't want to talk to someone, or else someone may be harassing you. By typing /ignore nickname 3, you will not receive anymore messages from that person. Example: /ignore FDisk 3

To Unignore them, type /ignore -r FDisk 3

What it looks like:   *** Added *!*bossmom@* to ignore list *** Removed *!*bossmom@* from ignore list


Type /whois nickname to see a bit more information about another user. You'll see what server another person is using, or what their ISP is. Pretty helpful when you don't recognize a nickname that wants to chat. You may recognize the IP, (Internet Protocol) and then feel more comfortable carrying on a conversation. You'll also be able to see what other channels a person is in, which might be a good indicator if you really want to talk with them or not. Example: /whois Hamzah

What it looks like:   Hamzah is hamzah@ * Hamzah Elhazet Hamzah on @#syntax @#tegalgubug @#fana Hamzah using - Swift Communications Hamzah has identified for this nick Hamzah has been idle 35secs, signed on Mon Apr 06 13:05:50 Hamzah End of /WHOIS list.


This opens up a DCC/CHAT window to another user. What's nice about these is that you can continue to chat even if you get disconnected from your server. Word of Caution: Do NOT accept dcc/chats nor dcc/gets from anyone that you don't know. Type /chat nickname. Example: /chat walrus

What it looks like:   Chat with walrus Waiting for acknowledgement...


There's one more very helpful command, and probably the one you'll use a lot when first starting out. In fact, I still use it quite a lot, and that's the built-in help menu of mIRC. Type /help, you'll see the the mIRC Help Menu open up. You can do a search from there, or you can type /help topic. Either way, a TON of information at your fingertips.

Example: /help /join


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