Long Live IRC

Find Linux Journal on irc.freenode.net, #linuxjournal. Join us in the room any time for some quick help, support or witty banter.

New to IRC? From Wikipedia, Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is, "a protocol for live interactive 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 transfer, including file sharing.Client software is available for every major operating system that supports Internet access."

Once in a chat room, these user IRC commands will help you get around:

  • /? - List Commands
  • /ABOUT - Displays information about the chat room
  • /CHANNEL or /CH [channel] - Change channels
  • /CHANNEL by itself to list channels and subjects
  • /CLEAR - Clears the screen by sending a bunch of blank lines
  • /DO [action] - Displays an action like "Yourname [action]"
  • /HELP - Displays this help screen
  • /INFO or /I - Displays info about logins, users on,current time
  • /LIST or /L - Lists people on this channel
  • /LISTALL or /LA - List people on all channels
  • /MSG - Displays a list of messages
  • /PAGE or /P [user] - Pages a user
  • /QUIT or /Q - Exit the chat room
  • /RECENT or /R - Lists recent users of the chat room
  • /ROLL or /.#d% - Rolls #, % sided dice
  • /SET [variable] [value] - Sets a variable
  • /SET by itself for a list of variables
  • /SHOW or /S - Displays status of user variables
  • /WHISPER or /WH [user][message] - Sends a message to a specific user
  • /YELL or /Y[text] - Send a message to all users on all channels

See you in #linuxjournal soon!


Carlie Fairchild is the publisher of Linux Journal.


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Pol Bishop's picture

None of the messengers nowadays can replace the feeling of chatting like it was in mIRC. I agree you with you friend, it was great time to remember.

Long live IRC indeed

Tom_Dwan's picture

It is a great program, I still remember the time we spend, but it was a long time ago...

Any OS

handyman2's picture

Does any os can access on IRC?


Carlie Fairchild's picture

Client software exists for various operating systems, as well as web-based. Many different clients are available for the various operating systems, including Linux, Windows, Unix, Mac OS, and mobile operating systems such as Android and iOS.

In the footer of this very page you can access Linux Journal's IRC room via the web, not needing to load any software on your end at all. Give it a try.

Carlie Fairchild is the publisher of Linux Journal.

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