IRC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Help Files

Over the years, we’ve accumulated many collections of frequently asked questions about IRC:

The IRC Prelude

 This is a **must-read if you are new to Internet Relay Chat** (IRC). This **very short help file** by the #IRChelp operators covers the basics of IRC and will get you going in no time! 

FAQ from the alt.irc newsgroup

 This is the **authoritative list of FAQ** (frequently asked questions) for IRC newbies. Please read this first before asking any questions! This file covers stuff like what is IRC, how is IRC set up, how to use a client, how to connect to a server, how to choose and join channels, and more than 20 other topics. 

The IFAQ (Inordinately Frequently Asked Questions)

 This is sort of a **sequel to the IRC FAQ** above, addressing more obscure questions such as how to find somebody by their email, how to get your own server or get it linked, how to become an IRC op, how to get scripts, and over 20 others. 

#IRChelp Channel FAQ

 This is the last FAQ but it's actually the **most up to date** one. This is the list of questions we are asked most often on the #IRChelp channel. If you're the type who likes to lurk and learn on the channel, you're probably better off reading this. 

IRC Primer

 This is the "bible" of IRC, a **very long but thorough discussion** of everything you ever wanted to know about IRC. The content is similar to the FAQs above, but it is presented more like a book with organized chapters and sections. 

IRC Tutorial

 If you prefer to **learn by doing** instead of reading some long user manual, this **medium-length step-by-step tutorial** is for you. It shows you how to master IRC, one command at a time. 

IRC Command Cosmos

 This **advanced user guide** is designed to supplement the "standard" guides above. It is very up to date and has a **Undernet/mIRC emphasis**, but it's useful to everybody. 

The New IRC Channel Operator’s Guide

 This **advanced channel operator's guide** is very long and detailed, providing most of the information you need to run a stable, successful channel. You really should read all the above guides first, especially the IRC Tutorial.  [IRC Operator Guide](/irchelp/ircd/ircopguide.html)

 Another unorthodox guide, this offers a fascinating glimpse into the "Twilight Zone" world of **IRC operators**, also known as IRCops or opers. This has very little to do with channel ops or the maintenance of a chat channel. The guide is written by an oper ostensibly for other opers, but its real audience is the average user. 

General Information

IRCd (server management)