Basic IRC Commands for Beginners

Just as you are able to surf the net with a few tricks to help make things easier, IRC is very similar.
Below are some of the common IRC commands that we often use:

/join Type /join #channelname — to join a channel of your choice
Example: /join #Makati

/me The /me is an action message. Type /me 'does anything'
Example: /me waves hello What it looks like: * Jhong waves hello

/msg Type /msg nickname (message) to start a private chat.
Example: /msg jhong Hey tat, how are you? What it looks like: -> *jhong* Hey tat, how are you?

/nick /nick changes your nickname Example: type /nick newnickname (limit 32 characters)

/notice A notice is used to send a short message to another person without opening up a private window. Type /notice nickname (message)
Example: /notice badnick Please change your nickname, this is a family channel. What it looks like:
-> -badnick- Please change your nickname, this is a family channel.

/part Type /part — to leave one channel Type /partall — to leave all the channels you are in.

/ping Type /ping nickname. What this command does is give you the ping time, or lag time, between you and the person you pinged. Lag can be explained as the amount of time it takes for you to type your message and for others to read your messages. Unfortunately, lag is always a part of IRC, although most times it’s not a problem, just a nuisance.
Example: /ping luv2quilt What it looks like: [19:04] -> [luv2quilt] PING [19:04] [luv2quilt PING reply]: 0secs

/query Similar to the /msg, except it forces a window to pop open. Type /query nickname (message)
Example: /query Sofaspud^ Sooo….what’s new? What it looks like: soooo….what’s new?

/quit Type /quit to leave IRC altogether. This disconnects mirc from the server.
Example: /quit Going out for dinner…nite all What it looks like: *** Quits: saca (Leaving)

/ignore Unfortunately, there will be times when you don’t want to talk to someone, or else someone may be harassing you. By typing /ignore nickname 3, you will not receive anymore messages from that person.
Example: /ignore luv2quilt 3 To Unignore them, type /ignore -r luv2quilt 3 What it looks like: *** Added *!*[email protected]*.dialup.netins.net to ignore list *** Removed *!*[email protected]*.dialup.netins.net from ignore list

/whois Type /whois nickname to see a bit more information about another user. You’ll see what server another person is using, or what their ISP is.
Pretty helpful when you don’t recognize a nickname that wants to chat with you. You may recognize the IP, (Internet Protocol) and then feel more comfortable carrying on a conversation. You’ll also be able to see what other channels a person are in, which might be a good indicator if you really want to talk to them or not.
Example: /whois bossmom What it looks like: luv2quilt is [email protected] * Enjoy the Journey…….. luv2quilt on @#bossmom luv2quilt using Seattle.WA.US.Undernet.org the time for school is during a recession. luv2quilt has been idle 18secs, signed on Sun Jul 23 18:47:26 luv2quilt End of /WHOIS list.

/chat This opens up a DCC/CHAT window to another user. What’s nice about these is that you can continue to chat even if you get disconnected from your server. Word of Caution: Do NOT accept dcc/chats nor dcc/gets from anyone that you don’t know. Type /chat nickname.
Example: /chat oddjob^ What it looks like: Chat with oddjob^ Waiting for acknowledgement…

/help There’s one more very helpful command, and probably the one you’ll use a lot when first starting out. In fact, I still use it quite a lot, and that’s the built-in help menu of mIRC. Type /help, you’ll see the the mIRC Help Menu open up. You can do a search from there, or you can type /help topic. Either way, a TON of information at your fingertips.
Example: /help Basic IRC Commands

Note: The commands listed above are mainly for mIRC. These commands might not work with other clients. Don’t have an mIRC yet? You can download RAVE mIRC script HERE or use the official mIRC client from THIS LINK.


Article: Basic IRC Commands for Beginners
Author: Jhong
Date: October 2, 2015