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Hubot IRC Adapter


This is the IRC adapter for hubot. For discussion about this adapter, join #hubot-irc on

Installation and Setup

NOTICE: This bot is now upgraded to Hubot 2.3. You should specify 0.0.8 as your hubot-irc dependency for older versions of Hubot (<2.3.0).

  • Download and Extract Hubot 2.3 from the Hubot Downloads page
  • Run npm install hubot-irc --save in the extracted Hubot 2 directory to add the hubot-irc adapter to your dependencies.
  • Install dependencies with npm install
  • Set your environment variables like: (Windows Users substitute set for export)
    • export HUBOT_IRC_NICK="hubot-new"
    • export HUBOT_IRC_ROOMS="#hubot-irc"
    • export HUBOT_IRC_SERVER=""
  • Run hubot with bin/hubot -a irc


You will need to set some environment variables to use this adapter.


% heroku config:add HUBOT_IRC_NICK="hubot"
% heroku config:add HUBOT_IRC_ROOMS="#hubot,#hubot-irc"
% heroku config:add HUBOT_IRC_SERVER=""

Non-Heroku environment variables

% export HUBOT_IRC_NICK="hubot"
% export HUBOT_IRC_ROOMS="#hubot,#hubot-irc"
% export HUBOT_IRC_SERVER=""

Testing Local Changes

gem install foreman
git clone
cd hubot
# this next line makes a deployable version of the bot for heroku or local deployments
make package 
mv hubot/ ../testbot
cd ../testbot
- modify package.json to include the version of hubot-irc to test with either an official release or from your local repo
    for an example see this
- modify Procfile, change adapter (-a option) to "irc" and change the name (-n option) of the bot
- make sure you followed the usage section from above to set the environment variables (Non-Heroku section)
foreman start

...and that is it


Here's the most direct way to get your work merged into the project.

  1. Fork the project
  2. Clone down your fork
  3. Create a feature branch
  4. Hack away and add tests, not necessarily in that order
  5. Make sure everything still passes by running tests
  6. If necessary, rebase your commits into logical chunks without errors
  7. Push the branch up to your fork
  8. Send a pull request for your branch


Copyright © Fernando Ortiz. MIT License; see LICENSE for further details.

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