ngIRCd - Next Generation IRC Server
(c)2001-2013 Alexander Barton and Contributors.
ngIRCd is free software and published under the
terms of the GNU General Public License.
-- README --
ngIRCd is a free, portable and lightweight Internet Relay Chat server for
small or private networks, developed under the GNU General Public License
(GPL; please see the file COPYING for details). It is simple to configure,
can cope with dynamic IP addresses, and supports IPv6 as well as SSL. It is
written from scratch and not based on the original IRCd.
The name ngIRCd means next generation IRC daemon, which is a little bit
exaggerated: lightweight Internet Relay Chat server most probably would be a
better name :-)
Please see the INSTALL document for installation and upgrade information!
It is not the goal of ngIRCd to implement all the nasty behaviours of the
original ircd, but to implement most of the useful commands and semantics
specified by the RFCs.
In the meantime ngIRCd should be quite feature complete and stable to be
used in real IRC networks.
Implemented IRC-commands are:
ADMIN, AWAY, CHANINFO, CONNECT, DIE, DISCONNECT, ERROR, GLINE, HELP, INFO,
INVITE, ISON, JOIN, KICK, KILL, KLINE, LINKS, LIST, LUSERS, MODE, MOTD,
NAMES, NICK, NJOIN, NOTICE, OPER, PART, PASS, PING, PONG, PRIVMSG, QUIT,
REHASH, RESTART, SERVER, SERVICE, SERVLIST, SQUERY, SQUIT, STATS, SUMMON,
TIME, TOPIC, TRACE, USER, USERHOST, USERS, VERSION, WALLOPS, WEBIRC, WHO,
III. Features (or: why use ngIRCd?)
- well arranged (lean) configuration file
- simple to build/install, configure and maintain
- supports IPv6 and SSL
- no problems with servers that have dynamic IP addresses
- freely available, modern, portable and tidy C-source
- wide field of supported platforms, including AIX, A/UX, FreeBSD, HP-UX,
IRIX, Linux, Mac OS X, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, and Windows with Cygwin.
- ngIRCd is being actively developed since 2001.
More documentation can be found in the "doc/" directory and the homepage of
the ngIRCd: .
The homepage of the ngIRCd is: ; you will find
the newest information about the ngIRCd and the most recent ("stable")
If you are interested in the latest development versions (which are not
always stable), then please read the section about "GIT" on the homepage and
the file "doc/GIT.txt" which describes the use of GIT, the version control
system used by ngIRCd (homepage: http://git-scm.com/).
If you find bugs in the ngIRCd (which might be there :-), please report
them at the following URL:
There you can read about known bugs and limitations, too.
If you have critics, patches or something else, please feel free to post a
mail to the ngIRCd mailing list: (please see
for details) or join the ngIRCd
IRC channel: .