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ngIRCd: Next Generation IRC Daemon

“… serving white hat 6667!”


ngIRCd is a free, portable and lightweight Internet Relay Chat (IRC) server for small or private networks, developed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

The server is quite easy to configure and runs as a single-node server or can be part of a network of ngIRCd servers in a LAN or across the internet. It optionally supports the IPv6 protocol, SSL/TLS-protected client-server and server-server links, the Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) system for user authentication, IDENT requests, and character set conversion for legacy clients.

The name ngIRCd stands for next-generation IRC daemon, which is a little bit exaggerated: lightweight Internet Relay Chat server most probably would have been a better name :-)

Advantages and strengths

ngircd --help
ngIRCd 27~rc1-CHARCONV+DEBUG+IDENT+IPv6+IRCPLUS+PAM+SNIFFER+SSL+SYSLOG+TCPWRAP+ZLIB-x86_64/pc/linux-gnu Copyright (c)2001-2024 Alexander Barton (<>) and Contributors. Homepage: <> This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. -d, --debug log extra debug messages -f, --config <f> use file <f> as configuration file -n, --nodaemon don't fork and don't detach from controlling terminal -p, --passive disable automatic connections to other servers -s, --sniffer enable network sniffer and display all IRC traffic -t, --configtest read, validate and display configuration; then exit -V, --version output version information and exit -y, --syslog log to syslog even when running in the foreground (-n) -h, --help display this help and exit


After installing ngIRCd (which is best done with the package manager of the operating system or directly from the source code, see and adjusting the configuration in the ngircd.conf file, the IRC server can be ready for use after just 5 minutes - only a few lines need to be changed there, the rest is optional and can be used with the default values.