UnrealIRCd is an Open Source IRC Server, serving thousands of networks since 1999. It runs on Linux, OS X and Windows and is currently the most widely deployed IRCd with a market share of 42%. UnrealIRCd is a highly advanced IRCd with a strong focus on modularity, an advanced and highly configurable configuration file. Key features include SSL/TLS, cloaking, its advanced anti-flood and anti-spam systems, swear filtering and module support. We are also particularly proud on our extensive online documentation.
- UnrealIRCd 6 is the stable series since December 2021. All new features go in there.
- UnrealIRCd 5 is the oldstable series. It will receive bug fixes until July 1, 2022 plus another 12 months of security fixes.
- For full details of release scheduling and EOL dates, see UnrealIRCd releases on the wiki
How to get started
Use the wiki!
IMPORTANT: We recommend you follow our installation guide on the wiki instead of the steps in this README. The wiki has more detailed information and is more easy to navigate.
Please consult the online documentation at https://www.unrealircd.org/docs/ when setting up the IRCd!
Step 1: Installation
Simply download the UnrealIRCd Windows version from www.unrealircd.org
Alternatively you can compile UnrealIRCd for Windows yourself. However this is not straightforward and thus not recommended.
Do the following steps under a separate account for running UnrealIRCd, do NOT compile or run as root.
Step 1: Compile the IRCd
- Now change to the directory where you installed UnrealIRCd, e.g.
Step 2: Configuration
Configuration files are stored in the
conf/ folder by default (eg:
Create a configuration file
If you are new, then you need to create your own configuration file:
conf/ and call it
Then open it in an editor and carefully modify it using the documentation and FAQ as a guide (see below).
Step 3: Booting
./unrealircd start in the directory where you installed UnrealIRCd.
Start -> All Programs -> UnrealIRCd -> UnrealIRCd
Documentation & FAQ
You can find the documentation online at: https://www.unrealircd.org/docs/
We also have a good FAQ: https://www.unrealircd.org/docs/FAQ