An IRC client is the vehicle that connects you to the global
network of IRC servers. A variety of applications are available,
so, whether you are on
Windows, Linux, MacOS, or one of dozens of other operating
systems, or even on your smartphone, find out which client
is best for you.
IRC is organized into numerous independent networks, all with different audiences, geographical reach, and management. Besides the major networks, there are also many smaller networks that serve either a niche audience or a small geographical region.
Learn how to protect your computer from risks on and off of
IRC, including social engineering, trojan horse attacks, and
denial of service attacks.
There are a lot of questions people frequently ask about IRC, and we've collected them into several lists of FAQs.
IRCD, or Internet Relay Chat Daemon, is the family of server software that powers IRC.