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Getting Started with mIRC

It usually only takes a few minutes to get started with mIRC. The following guide will take you through the first few steps of downloading and using mIRC.

Before you can start using mIRC, you will need to download and install it. If you have already done that, you can skip this step.

You can download mIRC by clicking here. A download window should appear, similar to the one below. You should click the Run or Open button.

Internet Explorer Download Window

Once the download has completed, the mIRC installer will appear. You should follow the steps in the installer and install mIRC.

Run mIRC by double-clicking on the mIRC icon on your desktop or in your Windows Start menu. You should then see the Connect window below which you can use to connect to IRC.

You will need to enter something for your Full Name and Email Address. These do not have to be your real full name and email address.

You will then have to choose your Nickname and Alternative nickname. These are the names by which other people will know you on IRC.

You can then click the Connect button and mIRC will connect to your chosen server. In the example below, we are connecting to the DALnet server.

mIRC Connect Window

Once you have connected to a server, your mIRC Favorites window will pop up. This window stores a list of your favorite channels and allows you to join them quickly and easily.

You can type in the name of a channel, such as #mIRC, or you can select a channel from the list. You can then click the Join button and mIRC will join your chosen channel.

mIRC Favorites Folder

In the window below, we have joined channel #mIRC on the EFNet IRC network, and my nickname is Jiminy. There are 79 people on the channel.

You can now type in a message, such as "Hello to all you good people! :-)", press the enter key, and hopefully you'll receive a few greetings in return!

mIRC Channel Window

The next step is to get a list of the active channels on this network by opening the Tools menu and selecting the Channels List menu item.

mIRC Tools Menu

This will open the Channels List window below which you can use to get the list of channels. In this example, we want to look for trivia channels, so we have typed in the word trivia.

mIRC Channels List Window

You can now click the Get List button and mIRC will get the list of active channels from the network.

Some of the larger networks, like EFnet, may have thousands of channels, so be patient - it can sometimes take a few minutes to get the full list.

Once the listing has finished, you can double-click on channels to join them, or right-click for other options.

Congratulations! You have just connected to an IRC network, joined a channel, and sent your first message! You also retrieved a list of the active channels on a network.

The world of mIRC and IRC are now yours to explore. Good luck and have fun :-)