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ngIRCd: Next Generation IRC Daemon

“… serving white hat 6667!”

News & History

Latest news: ngIRCd on Mastodon or X.


The current stable version is Release 26.1 of January 1 2021, and Release 27~rc1 of April 13 2024 is ready for testing; please refer to the Download options.

ngIRCd is used as the daemon in real-world in-house and public IRC networks and included in the package repositories of various operating systems.


Development of ngIRCd started back in 2001: The server has been written from scratch in C, tries to follow all relevant standards, and is not based on the forefather, the daemon of the IRCNet.

It is not the goal of ngIRCd to implement all the nasty behaviors of the original ircd or corner-cases in the RFCs, but to implement most of the useful commands and semantics that are used by existing clients.

Caution: ngIRCd 20, 20.1, and 20.2 contain an error that could crash the server daemon when the configuration option NoticeAuth is enabled (which is not the default). ngIRCd 20 and 20.1 both contain an additional error that allows arbitrary users to crash the server daemon. All installations should be updated to version 20.3 (released August 23, 2013) or newer!

The NEWS-file and the ChangeLog are available online and in the archives.