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Oragono is a modern, experimental IRC server written in Go. It's designed to be simple to setup and use, and it includes features such as UTF-8 nicks / channel names, client accounts with SASL, and other assorted IRCv3 support.

Oragono is a fork of the Ergonomadic IRC daemon <3

Go Report Card Build Status Download Latest Release Freenode #oragono Crowdin and are running Oragono in production if you want to take a look.


  • UTF-8 nick and channel names with rfc7613 (PRECIS)
  • yaml configuration
  • native TLS/SSL support
  • server password (PASS command)
  • an extensible privilege system for IRC operators
  • ident lookups for usernames
  • automated client connection limits
  • on-the-fly updating server config and TLS certificates (rehashing)
  • client accounts and SASL
  • passwords stored with bcrypt (client account passwords also salted)
  • banning ips/nets and masks with KLINE and DLINE
  • supports multiple languages (you can also set a default language for your network)
  • IRCv3 support
  • a heavy focus on developing with specifications


To go through the standard installation, download the latest release from this page:

Extract it into a folder, then run the following commands:

cp oragono.yaml ircd.yaml
vim ircd.yaml  # modify the config file to your liking
oragono mkcerts

Note: For setting up proper Let's Encrypt certificates, we've got this manual entry.

Platform Packages

Some platforms/distros also have Oragono packages maintained for them:

Using Docker (BETA)

A Dockerfile and docker-compose recipe are available in the oragono-docker repository.

From Source

You can also install this repo and use that instead! However, keep some things in mind if you go that way:

devel branches are intentionally unstable, containing fixes that may not work, and they may be rebased or reworked extensively.

The master branch should usually be stable, but may contain database changes that either have not been finalised or not had database upgrade code written yet. Don't run master on a live production network.

The stable branch contains the latest release. You can run this for a production version without any trouble.


You'll need an up-to-date distribution of the Go language for your OS and architecture. You'll also need to set up a Go workspace. Typically, this is just a directory ~/go, with the GOPATH environment variable exported to its path with export GOPATH=~/go.

Clone the repository where go expects it to be and then run make, i.e.,

mkdir -p ${GOPATH}/src/
cd ${GOPATH}/src/
git clone
cd oragono
# check out the appropriate branch if necessary
# now, this will install a development copy of oragono at ${GOPATH}/bin/oragono:


The default config file oragono.yaml helps walk you through what each option means and changes. The configuration's intended to be sparse, so if there are options missing it's either because that feature isn't written/configurable yet or because we don't think it should be configurable.

You can use the --conf parameter when launching Oragono to control where it looks for the config file. For instance: oragono run --conf /path/to/ircd.yaml. The configuration file also stores where the log, database, certificate, and other files are opened. Normally, all these files use relative paths, but you can change them to be absolute (such as /var/log/ircd.log) when running Oragono as a service.


By default, logs go to stderr only. They can be configured to go to a file, or you can use systemd to direct the stderr to the system journal (see the manual for details). The configuration format of logs is designed to be easily pluggable, and is inspired by the logging config provided by InspIRCd.


Passwords (for both PASS and oper logins) are stored using bcrypt. To generate encrypted strings for use in the config, use the genpasswd subcommand as such:

oragono genpasswd

With this, you receive a blob of text which you can plug into your configuration file.


After this, running the server is easy! Simply run the below command and you should see the relevant startup information pop up.

oragono run

How to register a channel

  1. Register your account with /NS REGISTER <username> <email> <password>
  2. Join the channel with /join #channel
  3. Register the channel with /CS REGISTER #channel

After this, your channel will remember the fact that you're the owner, the topic, and any modes set on it!

Make sure to setup SASL in your client to automatically login to your account when you next join the server.


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