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InspIRCd Wiki » Installation » Source


There is two methods of obtaining the source code. You can either download the latest release or clone the source code from our Git repository.

Release Tarball

The most common way to install InspIRCd will be using a release tarball. To obtain this, first visit the downloads page. Here, you can obtain tarballs for release versions.

If you plan to build on a headless server, then you will probably need to use commands similar to the following to download and unpack the source:

tar xvf ./InspIRCd-X.Y.Z.tar.bz2

**Note** if you are using a system which does not ship with GNU wget, such as Mac OS X, then you
will need to replace `wget` in the above example with `curl --remote-name`.

### Git Repository

If you want to use the latest bleeding edge code then your best bet is to use [Git](
to clone the InspIRCd repository. 

This can be done using the following example:

git clone git://
git checkout insp12 # Optional, switches to the 2.1 branch.
git checkout insp21 # Optional, switches to the 2.1 branch.

Note the source code in Git is often less stable than the source code in a release version. Make sure to tread carefully when using it.



To start, execute the ./configure script in the root directory of your InspIRCd install. You will be automatically prompted to answer a series of questions regarding the configuration of your server.

A number of options for non-interactive configuration are also available. These options vary between versions so you will need to check ./configure --help for a list of commands.


Execute the make command to build the InspIRCd binaries. This should take about 10 minutes on a modern computer. Once make has finished executing, run make install to sort the InspIRCd files into the target directories that you set in the configure step.

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