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Internet Relay Chat (IRC)

Updated 5 months ago

Internet Relay Chat (or IRC) is an open standard for chatting on the internet. It’s been around forever, and it’s great! And we’re using it here as part of our platform.

Getting Started

To kick things off, visit your address’s page and then click the "Create IRC account" button. You’ll then receive a password that you can use to connect.


Use common sense when chatting with others. Prioritize kindness. Show compassion. Remember that all policies apply on, like our Code of Conduct, Terms of Use, and Acceptable Use policies. Just don’t be an asshole and you should be fine.


To use IRC, you need a client that can connect to the server. There are many clients available, all with different features.

You can point any client at (port 6667 for a plaintext connection, or port 6697 for a secure connection). Be sure to configure your connection with a server password (using the same password provided when you created your account) to authenticate when connecting. If you don’t include a password, Penelope will disconnect you. 😟

If you keep getting disconnected when you join, be sure to confirm that you’re connecting with the correct name (your address), and that you’re including the correct server password in your client configuration. Also note that you won’t be able to connect from two different clients at the same time (the second connection won’t be able to authenticate because your nick is in use by the first). So if you’re experimenting with different clients, be sure to disconnect from one before trying another!


If you can’t or simply don’t want to use IRC, you can still participate! We’ve set up a bridge that connects Discord to our IRC server, because we’re totally nerdy like that.

If you’d like to hop on, just navigate over to your address page and pull up your options. You’ll see a button to connect to Discord there.

Hiding your IP address

If you are connecting through IRC and you’d like to hide your connection details, you can request a vhost or virtual hostname. Just pop into #general and type this:


You could use something else, if you’d like (anything will work as long as it looks like a valid hostname). Feel free to be creative.


Here are some of the popular channels on the server:

  • #general, general chatter about anything
  • #random, random or off-the-wall stuff
  • #help, customer service and support
  •, chat about services
  • #web, web development stuff
  • #email, all about email
  • #dns, for the nerds
  • #mastodon, discuss Mastodon ( or in general)
  • #firehose, notices, announcements, inbound webhooks, and other noisy (but interesting) stuff

You can also create your own channels or join some that others have created. To view a list of all channels in use, type /list.


IRC uses “slash commands” to do things. You can view a complete list of commands, but here are a few that you’ll want to know:

  • /join #channel joins a channel
  • /part #channel leaves a channel
  • /msg [person] [message] sends a private message (e.g. /msg adam wanna hear a joke?)


If you somehow weren’t registered with NickServ when you first set things up (maybe you joined before we set up this slick automatic setup thing), you can register by sending a message to NickServ like this: /msg NickServ register [password] [email]. NickServ will let you know if that worked.

Need more help? Contact us at any time.