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On this page we explain how to download mIRC, install it and
use it for the first time.
IRC offers you a wide range of possibilities on chatting and downloading
files. One warning up front: copying/downloading copyrighted material
(ie. movies, mp3's and applications, etc) is most likely not legal in
Although IRC look complicated, it really isn't, specially after
reading this article!
Any questions left after reading this page, then take a look
at these pages: mIRC Frequently
Asked Questions (FAQ) or How
to download files with mIRC! Ofcourse; don't forget the forum either!
Note: read the disclaimer!
Note: This text is partially based
on text found on the mIRC
website (with Tjerk's permission) and has been adapted by Barrierman (VCDnMPG
website) and your webmaster to clarify the use of mIRC. Sometimes
we focus on the use #VCDnMPG on the network EFNET.
What is IRC and what is mIRC?
IRC (Internet Relay Chat)
is a virtual environment where people from all over the world meet
and chat. Basically IRC is a large collection of chat-rooms.
IRC chatting is like chatting
with a keyboard: you type messages. Each IRC users
will have to use a small application for IRC access, like for example mIRC.
This little tool connects you to a central server within the IRC network.
All servers within the IRC network are inter connected,
s messages you type will be relayed to all the other servers, so everyone
can see you typing (if they are in the same chatbox). Chatboxes are
public, but you can also have private chats with friends and relatives.
mIRC is one of those applications that allow you to
get in the IRC network,
written by Khaled Mardam-Bey. It's easy to use and has a lot of handy
mIRC can be downloaded from
IRC has more possibilities than
just chatting, it will also allow you to download files as well.
Using mIRC (download app. 1 Mb) is therefor most definitly
worth the use!
The next steps will show you how to download mIRC,
install it and get it to work.
We'll guide you trought the process step by
step. There are other explanations available on the web, for example: http://www.dse.nl/~hanswim/.
How and where to download mIRC?
As with most application that you can find on
the internet, mIRC is also downloadable as a little file that installs
the application for you. It's all a matter of finding the proper version.
mIRC has been written for the more recent Windows versions,
like Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT and Windows XP. There is no version
Macintosh, Linux and/or other operating systems!
Now go to the download
page on the mIRC website and download the most recent version.
On this page you will see, below a banner saying "mIRC
x.yz, for Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP, NT etc." (where
x.yz = version number), you will see diffrent files (they are all the
same though!) which can be downloaded from diffrent countries. Pick one.
It doens't really matter which country you take. Some folk say that a
country close by has a higher transfer rate, but that isn't always true.
The next thing to download is the most recent serverlist.
Again, go to the homepage
of mIRC, below the header "New collection of
IRC servers." you will find the most recent servers.ini file.
Dowload it there or by clicking right here: servers.ini.
Save the servers.ini file somewhere on your harddrive
and make sure you don't forget where you put it.
OK let's do the real installation. Locate the file
you just downloaded and double click it to start the installation.
mIRC: The first installer screen
A similar screen appears, asking you to agree to the
user licencse agreement.
The next window asks you where to put mIRC, ususally
the default location is just fine.
mIRC: where shall I put mIRC?
mIRC is now being installed
(image on the left). The image on the right indicates that the installation
has been completed.
Make sure you uncheck "Read
mIRC Help file" and "Launch mIRC" and
mIRC: installation in progress
Now it's time to update the servers.ini file. Copy the downloaded servers.ini
file (if you lost the file: download
the file here), into the mIRC directory.
The default directory is C:\Program
Files\mIRC or with older mIRC versions: C:\mIRC.
OVERWRITE the existing servers.ini file.
OK,the first steps have been taken, mIRC
Using mIRC for the first time
Start mIRC (you will find it in the windows
The mIRC window appears
with a welcome message:
mIRC: Welcome at mIRC!
On the lefthand side in the window, uncheck the
"Visit the mIRC website at" and close this window by clicking the little
cross in the upper right corner.
A window called "mIRC Options" appears.
Copy the settings you see below, natturally replace "Your
Name" with your own name. See the little table below:
|EFnet, EU, BE, Brussels
|your own name
|your email address
|your alias or nickname
|an alternative nickname
mIRC: Options window
In this window you can choose a different IRC Server if you want to. By default
it will try to use a nearby DALnet server. DALnet is
one of the larger IRC networks. For Europe, EFnet is of
importance as well. So the selection of "EFnet" is
optional and you can select any other server. This text focusses on EFnet other
networks work similar.
Note: You do
not have to use your realname and/or email address!
If you prefer to be unknown then that's OK, just make sure the email
address looks as if it was a real one.
Also, check the 'Invisible
mode' option, in the lower part of this window. This might
save you some unwanted crap.
No, in the tree on the left, goto "Identd".
Check "Enable Identd server" and enter a random "UserID" for
example your firstname.
mIRC: Identd settings
that are behind a firewall and/or NAT router: make sure port
113 is mapped to your PC!!!
Now go back to the "Connect" screen
(again in the tree on the left) and verify again NETWORK and SERVER!
Now click "OK" and
the options window will dissappear.
In the mIRC window, you can now click
the "Connect" button to connect to the IRC,
or use the meny option "Connect" from the "File" menu.
mIRC: Connect button
A lot of text appears to be passing the
in the window and after a few seconds a window will open ("mIRC
Channels folder"): You're connected to the IRC now.
mIRC: Finally - contact!
Now it's time to explore some of the possibilities.
The next step
So what did just happen? Take some time
and look around.
If everything went right; mIRC is now
connected to the IRD network.
The IRC server of your choice did send some information, found in the
large status window.
The window called "Channels
Folder" has also appeared. Here we see some popular IRC
channels, try one!
Double click the channel you want to try (or
single click a channel and click the "OK" button).
mIRC: Available Channels
When opening a channel (you joined
a new window opens.
mIRC: Joined a channel
On the rightside you will see the nicknames
of the people on this channel. Your own nickname will appear here too.
The left part of the window is the chat-area. Take a look and see what people
are chatting about.
If you want to leave a channel then simply close the window.
tip: Optimize screen colors
By default, mIRC uses a white background.
However, you might want to use a black bacjground. All colors in fact
can be changed. Go tot the menu "Tools" - "Colors" (or
In this window you can change all colors;
mIRC: Color settings
All the text parts are obviously - simply
click the text and choose a color. Less obvious is selecting the background
color. Click below the "Whois
text" text and choose a color. You'll notice that the background
changed color. Some text might not be visible anymore (for example "Normal
text" when selecting a black background). If this made
you decide to leave the colors alone, then click "Cancel".
If you have a new color palette designed to your needs and you want to
apply it, click "OK".
Next steps ...
As you have just seen: chatting isn't
that difficult in IRC.
Naturally we still have a lot to learn,
so keep playing a bit with it and try some other channels.
The list of available channels
(the 'Channel Folder') is incomplete!. Use the "/list" command
in a open channel to get the entire list (which is HUGE). You can use
CTRL+F to filter particular text parts in this list. Double click a channel
in this list to open it.
In the "Commands" menu
you will find the most commonly used commands. The list command can
be found here too.
Again: leave a channel by closing the
You can leaven the IRC server (EFnet for
example) as well by clicking the "Disconnect" button.
mIRC: disconnetc server
To reconnect, click the "Connect" button:
mIRC: Connect again
In the "File" - "Options" menu
you can choose a different IRC server if you want to.
Each network has a large amount of channels,
so looking for the channel you want might be pretty tricky and be like
looking for a needle in a haystack..
Related articles: mIRC
FAQ, How to download using
Additional questions on mIRC/IRC? Check