Welcome to #irchelp

/I-R-C/ n. [Internet Relay Chat] - IRC provides a way of communicating in real time with people from all over the world. It consists of various separate networks (or "nets") of IRC servers, machines that allow users to connect to IRC. IRC is very similar to text messaging, but designed around communicating with large groups of users instead of one on one.

We are a group of dedicated volunteers who've been supporting IRC users since 1993. This website is affiliated with the #irchelp channels on the EFNet, Libera.Chat, and IRCNet networks.

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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.

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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. 

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Learn how to protect your computer from risks on and off of IRC, including social engineering, trojan horse attacks, and denial of service attacks.

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There are a lot of questions people frequently ask about IRC, and we've collected them into several lists of FAQs.

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IRCD, or Internet Relay Chat Daemon, is the family of server software that powers IRC.

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Our reference section holds technical documents, such as the RFCs, CTCP specification, DCC specification, and details of other extensions to the IRC protocol, as well as research papers on IRC itself.

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Freenode Verification: User Raccoon is Group Contact. sdaugherty and EmleyMoor are successive administrative contacts. As it is written, so it shall be. /done