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Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Reason: Move channels to it's own article, List of IRC channels for example. Make things slightly more readable by adding more context, less examples.

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a system that facilitates transfer of messages in the form of text. The chat process works on a client/server model of networking. IRC clients are computer programs that a user can install on their system. These clients are able to communicate with chat servers to transfer messages to other clients. IRC originally was a fork of UNIX Talk, which was an older method of communicating between two UNIX machines (UNIX Talk itself was a modification of UNIX Wall). IRC was designed to allow multiple users to talk at the same time, which was a limitation of early UNIX Talk daemons. IRC has since become so much more.

A timeline of anti-IRC rhetoric

  • 1998: IRC? lol anon, why don't you use ICQ instead, it's much better.
  • 2002: IRC? lol anon, just install MSN, stop being such a nerd.
  • 2006: IRC? lol anon, with Skype you can make phone calls for free.
  • 2010: IRC? lol anon, Chat is all you need, everybody is there already.
  • 2014: IRC? lol anon, you should try WhatsApp, you can even send voice messages.
  • 2018: IRC? lol anon, that's prehistoric! you should checkout Discord and Slack, so much better.


Here's a regex that will find you a chan-related IRC channel name. Use it to search IRC logs or *chan board posts:


For example,

   grep -iEoha '#\/\w+\/[x21-x7E]*' *rizon* | sort | uniq

will search a set of files with rizon in the name.

List of /g/-associated channels

#installgentoo @ irc.installgentoo.com

#wiki @ irc.installgentoo.com - Official IRC channel for this wiki

#/g/punk @ irc.rizon.net - /cyb/erpunk channel with /cyb/ interests. Also, general chat.

#/g/sicp @ irc.rizon.net - Programming channel with some off-topic chatter. Also home to the guys who set up the gentoomen book library torrent.

#/g/chad @ irc.rizon.net - C Programming with decent amount of off-topic chatter (trust me). Bridged with Telegram for additional terribleness.

#/g/tech @ irc.rizon.net - IRC channel for technology and general discussion! | 4.20% pure autism, 12.5% pure ( ≖‿≖)

#/g/wdg @ irc.rizon.net - Web Developement General. Web dev stuff.

#/g/bots @ irc.rizon.net - IRC bots, mostly made by people from /g/! Type .bots in the channel to get a listing.

#pasta @ irc.rizon.net - Largely /g/ inhabited channel, with shitposters, traps, technology, autism, and more! Please note that we already know that cuck is dead, it has been for months.

#anarchy @ irc.rizon.net - No gods, no masters. A channel for freedom, a channel without oppression. Enjoy no OP telling you what you can and can't say | Read the #anarchy manifesto here: https://paste.teknik.io/1371

#Developers @ irc.rizon.net

#technology @ irc.freenode.net

#techloligy @ irc.rizon.net

#perwl @ irc.rizon.net

#/g/speakersquadron @ irc.rizon.net There are no rules. That also goes for the administration. No one's ever been banned.

#/g/technology @ irc.rizon.net - General tech channel, with some occasional off topic.

#/tech/ @ irc.rizon.net - The official IRC channel for 8chan's /tech/ board.

#8chan @ irc.rizon.net - Semi-official IRC channel for 8kun, formerly 8chan/8ch.

#/g/ftp @ irc.rizon.net - IRC channel for /g/'s FTP server and illegal hentais.


#rice @ irc.darenet.org - Ricing in a friendly, censorship-free community.

#rice @ irc.rizon.net - Ricing.

#pantsumen @ irc.rizon.net - /g/ culture, anime, drugs, and ricing.

#homescreen @ irc.rizon.net - Homescreen general, for mobile phone ricing.



Hexchat - Windows + Linux (Free & Libre fork of X-Chat on Windows)

Limechat - Windows & OS X

Quassel - (Windows, Linux, OS X & Android) Client-Server based IRC client. Replaces the need for a bouncer.


irssi - Linux/Unix Terminal Client

weechat - Linux/Unix Terminal Client

BitchX - Linux/Unix Terminal Client


erc - Emacs client


ZNC - Linux/Unix, OS X, Windows (cygwin)

bip - Linux/Unix IRC proxy/bouncer





Need to Know IRC Commands


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


       The /me is an action message.
       Type /me 'does anything'
       Example:  /me waves hello


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


       /nick changes your nickname
       Example:  type /nick newnickname (limit 9 characters)


       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 take 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 luv2quilt


       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 bossmom


       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 lotType /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 Basic IRC Commands

See Also

/g/'s unOfficial IRC List