Not intended as a guide for newbies, more like a "cheat sheet" for the somewhat experienced IRC user, especially one who wields some power over a channel.
- Joins the specified channel.
- Leaves the specified channel.
- Disconnects from current server with optional leaving message.
- Connects to the specified server.
- Lists all channels on the current network.
- Lists all servers on the current network. May be disabled "for security reasons".
- Changes your nick.
- Shows the nicks of all users on #channel.
/msg nickname message
- Sends a private message to a user.
/query nickname message
- Sends a private message to a user and opens a private chat window.
- Prints "yourname action"
/notice nickname message
- Sends a notice to the specified user. Like a /msg, but usually makes a sound.
- Shows information about the specified user. This action is not visible to the specified user.
- Shows information about a user who has quit.
- Attempts to resolve the IP address of the specified user. Doesn't work on all networks, doesn't work all the time.
- Pings the specified user. This action is visible to the specified user.
Nick Management (NickServ)
All nickserv commands begin with
/msg NickServ. Depending on your client or network,
/ns may not work. for berevity i will use the shorthand.
/ns register password [email]
- Registers your current nick with NickServ with the chosen password and binds it to an e-mail address (optional).
/ns identify password
- Identifies your nick to NickServ using the password you set. If you have a nick that's been registered, and you don't i
/ns recover nickname password
- Kills (forcibly disconnects) someone who has your registered nick.
/ns ghost nickname password
- Terminates a "ghost" IRC session that's using your nickname.
/ns set password yournewpassword
- Changes your password. NOTE: Under no circumstances should you change your nick to the letter O followed by 8 digit
set a mode with:
/mode #channel +/-attribute [data]
- Disallows external messages.
- Only op/hops can set the topic.
- Sets the channel as invisible in /list.
- Sets the channel as invisible in /list and /whois.
- Sets the channel as closed unless the person was invited.
- Sets a password for the channel which users must enter to join.
- Sets a limit on the number of users who are allowed in the channel at the same time.
- Prevents users who are not opped/hopped/voiced from talking.
- Sets the channel so only registered nicks are allowed in.
- Sets the channel so only registered nicks are allowed to talk.
- Strips formatting from messages, rendering them as plaintext.
- Blocks messages containing color codes.
- A user must be invited to join the channel.
- No nick changes permitted in the channel.
All ChanServ commands begin with
/msg ChanServ. Depending on your client and network,
/chanserv may not work. I will use the shorthand in these examples.
/cs identify #channel <password>
- Identifies you as the channel's founder and gives you founder-level privileges.
/cs set #channel mlock modes
- Locks the channel's modes. Just + unlocks all.
/cs set #channel secureops [on|off]
- Keeps everyone except aops, sops, and the founder from becoming ops.
/cs set #channel keeptopic [on|off]
- Maintains the topic even if everyone leaves.
/cs set #channel enforce [on|off]
- Restores op/halfop/voice if a person with op/halfop/voice gets de-opped/halfopped/voiced.
/cs set #channel leaveops [on|off]
- Whether or not to allow the first person who join the channel to get ops.
/cs register #channel password description
- Registers the current channel to you with ChanServ and sets its password and description.
/cs drop #channel [dropcode]
- Un-registers the current channel to you with ChanServ.
/cs set #channel founder [nickname]
- Sets the current channel's founder.
/cs set #channel password [newpass]
- Changes the current channel's password to newpass.
/cs set #channel desc [description]
- Changes the current channel's description.
/cs set #channel url [address]
- Associates a URL with the channel.
/cs set #channel [email@address]
- Associates an email address with the channel.
/kick #channel nickname [reason]
- temporarily remove user from channel
/mode nickname +/-attributes [data]
- Setting people's modes (for current channel only)
- temporarily remove user from channel
- User is owner of the current channel (prefix ~ on UnrealIRCd, usually @ elsewhere)
- User is an admin (SOP) on the current channel (prefix & on UnrealIRCd, usually @ elsewhere).
- User is an operator (AOP) on the current channel (prefix @).
- User is a half-op on the current channel (prefix %).
- User has voice on the current channel (prefix +).
/mode #channel +b hosts
- Hosts take the following form:
- Hosts take the following form:
/whoto find the information necessary for a ban.
*is a wildcard and can replace
userid, parts of nickname or
hostnameor a segment of a
- Will prevent anyone with the nick joe from joining.
- Will prevent anyone whose nick contains myg0t from joining.
- Will prevent anyone with the nick mark and the userid elc from joining.
- Will prevent anyone with the host c-123-24-76-213.ga.isp.net from joining.
- Bans everyone. Don't do that.
/cs access #channel add [nickname] [level]
- Adds nickname to the channel's access list at the specified level.
/cs access channel del [nickname]
- Removes nickname from the channel's access list.
/cs access #channel list
- Displays the channel's access list.
/cs access #channel count
- Displays how many entries are in the channel's access list.
These may vary from network to network. For example, some networks do not go by tens and use 3, 4, 5, 10, etc.
- Full access to ChanServ functions, automatic opping upon entering channel.
- Makes the person an SOP, automatic opping upon entering channel.
- Makes the parson an AOP, automatic opping upon entering channel.
- Automatic half-opping.
- Automatic voicing.
- No special privileges.
- May not be opped.
- May not join the channel.
Any nick not on the access list has an access level of
AOPs and SOPs
- Are automatically ops and can give themselves ops.
- Can give/take op/halfop/voice to/from other channel members.
- Can unban themselves.
- Receive memos sent to the whole channel.
- Can invite themselves to the channel.
- Can do everything AOPs can.
- Can give and take AOP privileges.
- Receive memos sent to the channel's SOPs.
- Can add (but not remove) AKICKs.
Viewing and setting privileges
- Viewing AOP and SOP lists
/cs aop #channel list
/cs sop #channel list
- adding a AOP or SOP
/cs [AOP|SOP] channel [ADD|DEL|LIST|CLEAR] [nick | entry-list]
People on the AKICK list are automatically kicked and banned when they enter the channel. Bans made as a result of AKICK must be removed manually.
/cs akick #channel add host [reason]
- Adds host to #channel's AKICK list [for reason].
/cs akick #channel del host
- Removes host from the AKICK list.
/cs akick #channel list
/cs akick #channel view
- Displays the AKICK list.
it's possible to color your text in irc. in most clients you can use control c then foreground,background (background is optional). examples: red text
^c4. black text on a blue background
^c1,2. here's a full list of the color codes:
|09||light green (lime)|
|10||teal (a green/blue cyan)|
|11||light cyan (cyan / aqua)|
|12||light blue (royal)|
|13||pink (light purple / fuchsia)|
|15||light grey (silver)|
@keven-mate there's nothing in the itc spec about mentions. most clients just highlight on the user's handle. but that's client implementation specific. convention is to start with the username then some separator. eg
username: whatever- an underlined colon was very popular in the late nineteen hundreds irc servers i frequented.