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ngIRCd - Internet Relay Chat Server

This Quick Start document explains how to configure ngIRCd, the lightweight Internet Relay Chat (IRC) server, using some "real world" scenarios.

Simple Single-Instance Server

ngIRCd needs at least a valid IRC server name configured, therefore the simplest configuration file looks like this:

Name =

This results in the following warning in the logs when starting the daemon: No administrative information configured but required by RFC! -- which works, but is a bit ugly. So let's fix that by adding some admin info:

Name =
AdminInfo1 = Example IRC Server
AdminInfo2 = Anywhere On Earth
AdminEMail =

Please Note: The server Name looks like a DNS host name, but it is not: in fact it is not related to your server's fully qualified domain name (FQDN) in any way and can be an arbitrary string -- but which must contain at least one dot (".") character!

Add a Local IRC Operator

Some IRC commands, like REHASH which reloads the server configuration on the fly, require the user to authenticate to the daemon to become an IRC Operator first.

So let's configure an Operator account in the configuration file (in addition to what we configured above):

# ID of the operator (may be different of the nickname)
Name = BigOp
# Password of the IRC operator
Password = secret
# Optional Mask from which /OPER will be accepted
;Mask = *!

Now you can use the IRC command OPER BigOp secret to get IRC Operator status on that server.

Please choose a sensible password, and keep in mind that the name is not related to the nickname used by the user at all!

We don't make use of the Mask setting in the example above (commented out with the ; character), but it is a good idea to enable it whenever possible!

And you can have as many Operator blocks as you like, configuring multiple different IRC Operators.