IRC Channel Lists

How to find a channel

On IRC, channels are where people meet and chat. You may know them as “chat rooms”. These are a few pointers for finding channels:


Having trouble getting a channel list? Do you get disconnected when you try, or maybe see errors like “List output too large, truncated”? This is a very common problem, either try switching to another server on the same network, or just use the web search features below. For more information on why this happens, see our channel list troubleshooting guide.

Web-based Channel Lists

Multiple network channel search:

These external sites each boast 100000s of channels on 100s of nets. This is the best way to find public channels that match your interests. Select the link to go to those sites directly, or just type in a keyword into either of the blanks below and we will submit your request for you. If you need to come back, remember to use the “BACK” button on your browser, or bookmark this page for easy reference.

For each search site below, just enter channel name or topic keyword and select “Search”:

EFnet Channel Search

To search EFnet only, use our IRCHelp EFnet Channel search below or the semi- official channel search [ext. link]. To list all channels (over 12000!), leave the search string empty. Do not include wildcards like asterisks (). For example, just enter foo and it will find #ThaiFood, #*foo__-fighters, etc.

Enter channel name or topic keyword: Number of users: minimum 2 351025 50100200 maximum 2 351025 50100200 9999 (if you want bigger channels, set the minimum to 25 or more)

Search by channel: name topic name or topic

IRCnet Channel Search (external link) Similar to our EFnet list above, but for IRCnet only.