IRC Networks and Server Lists

By PhyberBX, Apatrix, and Jolo

Original version at http://www.irchelp.org/irchelp/networks/, please do not mirror or distribute.

This site highlights just some of the over 800 independent IRC networks out there, each with its own channels and people. We do not seek to be comprehensive, that would be overwhelming for us to maintain and for you to read through. Instead, we hope to give people some suggestions to start, as well as to equip them with the knowledge of how to find other places on their own.


The IRC Prelude

New to IRC? Confused about clients, servers, and networks? See this short introduction to IRC.
If you already know the name of the network and you're just looking for servers within that network, see our comprehensive list of servers such as for [EFnet](servers/efnet.html), [Undernet](http://servers.undernet.org/), [IRCnet](servers/ircnet.html), [DALnet](servers/dalnet.html), and several dozen [others](servers/index.html). If you're having trouble connecting esp. to EFnet, see our [IRC Connection Problems Guide](connectprob.html). 

IRC Networks

Browsing for a new network to explore? Want to compare the policies or characteristics of different networks? Look over our list of IRC networks, organized into the following 5 groups:

Connection Problems?

Having trouble connecting to a specific network? The IRC Connection Problems Guide covers the most common problems, with emphasis on EFnet. The DALnet Refugee Guide is designed to answer FAQs from DALnet users moving to other networks. If you’re just looking for the network’s home page or server list, the following multi-network sites might help too.

Multi-network IRC server/channel lists

There are several sites which provide huge lists of servers or channels that you can search, including SearchIRC.com and Netsplit.de. You can compare different networks by statistics such as number of users or channels, or you can search for channels across all networks using keywords. These sites break down the traditional barriers between networks and let you find what you’re looking for quickly and easily.

Server Maps

Depictions of the geographic locations of servers and how they are linked up to form various IRC networks.

Add your network

Application instructions for opers/admins to add their network to these lists. Updates for existing entries are also welcome.

Miscellaneous

Some other networks-related pages:


Note: Feel free to link to any of these pages, but no part of these documents may be mirrored or distributed in any form, either partly or in whole. Comments and critiques are based on our personal views and are not necessarily shared or condoned by the maintainers and owners of this site.

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