IRCnet Server List
IRCnet wildcard DNS records for a subset of countries
Most national IRCnet servers only allow connections from the specific nation.
If you are not sure which servers you can connect to at all, use
There are many outdated documents on IRCnet nodes all around the internet. The table below was last updated on 2018-10-31 and will probably be relatively up-to-date compared to other resources.
|Country||Address||IPv6-only address, if any|
|Germany||irc.de.ircnet.net or random.ircd.de||irc6.de.ircnet.net|
|Poland||irc.pl.ircnet.net or polska.irc.pl||polska6.irc.pl|
If in doubt, use the International server.
The “International” wildcard DNS record contains all IRCnet servers which are accessible independent of the country your IP address is registered in. This means that you should be able to connect to IRCnet by at least one of them. They will perhaps be less stable than a local server, and will be the target of DDoS attacks more often, which may perhaps result in them going down more frequently.
These are all known (well, to me) wildcard DNS records of IRCnet nodes by
country. There are many stale DNS records and some countries might not even
have wildcard DNS records at all. If in doubt, pick your servers from the
tu-ilmenau list or the
#ircnet, which are always guaranteed to be kept up-to-date
The following web-gateways are available for IRCnet:
These web frontends are suitable for finding a server you have access to using the
Important Tips for Connecting to IRCnet servers
- Many IRCnet servers allow none or few connections from users outside their domain, so try a server in your own country or at least close to you.
- Even after you connect, the traditional
/linkscommand to get a server list will only show about 1/3 of the servers, since many servers are “masked” and not shown. So for example, although there are about 16 servers in Finland (.fi), unless you’re already on a .fi server,
/links *.fiwill show only the first one. You would need to do something like
/links *.fi *.fito see them all.
Other IRCnet Server Lists
The following are all external links and will take you away from our site. We keep these lists because IRCnet lacks an official web site, so these sites have different degrees of stability and accuracy. (EFnet and IRCnet are the oldest networks. They actually predate notions of network founders and ownership, and are by necessity an ad hoc collection of servers with minimal central administration, so phrases like “official” can often be more about vanity than reality.)
IRCnet Server List: another semi-official site This list is run by the admins of an IRCnet server, and is automatically refreshed by a computer script several times a day. It is thus guaranteed to be as complete as possible. It’s sorted by domain, which is the same as the country except for a few exceptions such as the US servers. Read through the “description” column and avoid those marked as “routing servers” which won’t allow you to connect. Like with the previous list, you would need to add the servers manually to your client.
Some IRCnet websites
(Last updated: January 2015)
- Austrian website: www.irc.at
- German websites: BelWue, FU Berlin, MAN-DA
- Polish website with tech docs, maintained by Beeth
- irc6.net I-line request website: www.irc6.net (IPv6 only)
- The “official” IRCnet website (not updated since 2004) ircnet.org
- ircd software website: www.irc.org
- twitter account run by an operator