I know for a fact that many readers don’t like the idea of joining ‘IRC channels’ - many seem to have the impression that IRC is something complicated which only power users are supposed to use. This is not true and with the right software, visiting an IRC channel can become as easy as logging onto a web site. mIRC is one such software which you can use to easily join many public and private IRC chat rooms.
mIRC can be downloaded free of charge from the official download page located here.
What commands do i need to know to join IRC servers and visit IRC Channels?
With mIRC installed, you only need to know two simple commands to connect to an IRC server and to join a channel; /server and /join.
Let’s say you want to connect to channel (room) #ircchannel on IRC server irc.ircserver.net.
The following command (entered on mIRC console) will connect you to the IRC server: /server irc.ircserver.net
Once you join the server, you can use the /join command to join the desired channel: /join #ircchannel
Better yet, to directly join the channel, simply type the link in the following format , paste it on your browser window and press enter: irc://irc.ircserver.net/ircchannel
Browser should prompt to open the link with mIRC and when opened it will directly open the channel window. Note that in this URL format, the protocol used is irc:// and the # in front of channel name is not used.
As another example, direct link to TorrentLeech IRC channel can be written as below:
(:7011 is the port number)
This method however won’t work with invite only rooms. You’ll most likely be given specific instructions to get yourself invited to such rooms.
mIRC – Developer Description
mIRC is a full featured Internet Relay Chat client for Windows that can be used to communicate, share, play or work with others on IRC networks around the world, either in multi-user group conferences or in one-to-one private discussions.It has a clean, practical interface that is highly configurable and supports features such as buddy lists, file transfers, multi-server connections, SSL encryption, proxy support, UTF-8 display, customizable sounds, spoken messages, tray notifications, message logging, and more. mIRC also has a powerful scripting language that can be used both to automate mIRC and to create applications that perform a wide range of functions from network communications to playing games.
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