Last updated April 12, 2015.
What is Internet Relay Chat (IRC)?
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Communicating via IRC is beneficial because....
The fastest and simplest way to access freenode irc is via http://webchat.freenode.net. If you are connecting through an app, it's on irc.freenode.net.
To learn more about how to actually get connected to IRC, here is a link with useful information on finding a good client and connecting to IRC at http://groups.drupal.org/node/2326. You can also watch this video, Using IRC (Internet Relay Chat), which explains what IRC is, how to connect, and some basic usage and protocols. The intention of this book page is to help you understand how to interact with other users once you get connected to IRC.
There are a few simple IRC commands that should you should familiarize yourself to navigate various IRC channels. To join one of the groups listed on the previous page, type
/join #group where #group is the name of the group you want to participate in. To disconnect from the server, use
Register your nick with freenode
When you log into IRC you're going to want to register your name with NickServ so no one else can use your nick, and others can gain familiarity with you by you using the same nick. Learn how to register your nick at http://freenode.net/faq.shtml#nicksetup.
As a courtesy to the Druplicon (see below) and other members of the chat room, please do not include "Drupal" or any variation of it in your IRC nickname.
Use the same IRC nick that you use with drupal.org
Most people use their Drupal user name as their nick in IRC. If that name is already taken on freenode, then append a dash or numerals to the name. Most IRC clients will automatically append an underscore to your nick upon joining if that name is already taken. Having a familiar nick allows for consistency between IRC and your Drupal persona.
If you are using a different name on IRC than on Drupal.org, you may wish to use an IRC cloak. Information on obtaining one is here: http://groups.drupal.org/node/5403
Recommended IRC clients
Below are a couple of recommended IRC clients.
- Webchat: An online IRC client that requires no local software installed
- Hexchat: An open source clone of Xchat which is completely free and cross platform
- LimeChat: An open source cOS X IRC cllient which is completely free and cross platform
- irssi: A terminal based IRC client for UNIX systems
- ChatZilla: A clean, easy to use and highly extensible Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client.
- Pidgin: IM all your friends in one place. Connect to AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MXit, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, Yahoo!, and Zephyr all at once.