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IrcTK is a little IRC framework for developing IRC-based applications.

The framework is designed to be simple and easy to use. In an effort to ease the flow of development, changes you make to your application source are automatically reloaded by the framework so during the course of development you don't have to disconnect and reconnect as changes are made.

Plugins are a breeze to write. Simply decorate functions with the provided methods. Plugins may be tied to a hook or an event, such as 'PRIVMSG'. A confirguable thread pool manages dispatching of plugins to ensure the applications are fast and responsive.


Simply download and install via pip: pip install irctk

Alternatively easy_install may be used: easy_install irctk

Writing Your First App

First you'll want to make a configuration file for you application. You can save this as whatever you'd like, for this example we'll save ours as settings.cfg. Several parameters are expected in order to set up the connection. For instance your settings.cfg might look something like this:

PORT = 6667
SSL = False
NICK = 'hax0r'
REALNAME = 'A Python Bot'
CHANNELS = ['#voxinfinitus']

Next you'll want to create a new file and call it or some other cool name. He you'll import the framework bot object, called Bot(). Assign this object to a local variable, e.g. bot.

from irctk import Bot
bot = Bot()

Remember the configuration file you just wrote? Using our instance of the bot class you'll load it up with the following line:


Plugins are realized in a slightly different way than some other IRC bots. Although they are still loaded into the execution loop, there is no respository of plugins. Instead you can hook in any function you like to the execution loop by using a decorator:

def test_plugin():
    return 'Testing... 1, 2, 3!'

These commands may live anywhere you like. So if you prefer to split them out into a separate file, that's no problem.

Finally you will want to run your app. To do so simply add the below code to the bottom of your module:

if __name__ == '__main__':

What To Do Next?

State is exposed by recieving an argument in the definition of the plugin function. Internally the framework will examine the plugin's function, as it's recieved, to determine if it takes arguments. In such a case a special dictionary of the plugin's state as found when called, is sent to the call of the plugin's function.

This state object provides a convenient interface for handling how the plugin behaves. For instance, we might define a plugin function that shows us this state:

def show_state(context):
    '''This plugin function receives the state from the framework as
    `context` this allows us to do a lot of cool things!

    `context.args` is always any arguments passed to the plugin when called
    from IRC. For instance in the case of, `.foo bar`, context.args will be

    `context.line` is a dictionary containing the parsed IRC line as found
    when the plugin was called.

    if context.args: # if the plugin was called with argument variables
        bot.reply(context.args, context.line) # show those arguments
        return str(context.line)              # show us the parsed line
        return str(context.line)

In the above example, bot.reply is a special method of the bot instance which will automatically format a reply to the correct recipient, i.e. either a user who has sent the bot a private message or the channel the plugin was called from.

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