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Help Resources

mIRC and IRC are used by a diverse and active community and you will find many websites with guides, examples and resources dedicated to both. We have listed a few below that we think you might find fun or useful.

Getting Started with mIRC

If you are new to mIRC, we recommend that you visit the Getting Started with mIRC page which takes you step by step through the process of downloading mIRC to sending your first channel message.

Help File and FAQs

If you need help with using mIRC, mIRC comes with a thorough help file that covers all of the basics. We recommend that you read the first few sections of this help file. The help file is available in the following formats: HTML, CHM, PDF, and DOC.

If you are looking for more detailed information, the next step would be to look in the IRC and mIRC FAQs. There is also a brief history and overview of IRC on Wikipedia.

If you are thinking of running your own channel, you should read: How to run a channel.

Discussion Forums

The mIRC Discussion Forums are a great place to ask questions and share your thoughts with other mIRC users. Thousands of people have posted all kinds of questions and answers there.

Scripts, Addons, DLLs and Tutorials

The mIRC Scripting Language can be used to extend mIRC in a variety of ways, from managing your channels more easily to playing games. If you are looking for ways to extend mIRC or are learning how to script and need examples, you can find resources on Wikichip or on the mIRC Discussion Forums in the Scripts and Popups section.

Searching IRC and finding channels

The thousands of channels that make up IRC are spread across hundreds of IRC networks, so finding channels that match your interests can often take time. The following IRC search engines can help: Netsplit, IRCDriven, or irc2go.

You can also find more information at: How to find a channel.

Popular Networks

The largest IRC networks can have as many as tens of thousands of users and channels at any one time, while smaller networks that cater to specific interests may have only a few hundred users. Some currently popular networks are: DALnet, EFnet, GameSurge, IRCnet, Libera.Chat, QuakeNet, Rizon, Snoonet, SwiftIRC, and Undernet.


Although most features are covered in the help files and FAQs, the following pages provide more details about: SSL Connections, Color Codes and Chat Links.


If you are an experienced IRC user and are thinking of setting up your own IRC server, you may want to read: Running an IRC Server.

Some of the more popular IRC daemons are: Bahamut, Charybdis, Hybrid, InspIRCd, OfficeIRC, Ratbox, Undernet and Unreal.

Guides, Technical information, and RFCs

The IRC protocol is defined in a number of documents, many of which were written a long time ago and have not been updated since. Although IRC has evolved significantly since then, with many different IRC server implementations extending and adding features, the documents are still very useful.

If you have a website that you think would be suitable for listing on this help page, please contact us.