Alright people how's it going? HK18 here with a tutorial on IRC Client programs.
Okay, now since last time people really didn't give a shit about this (minus some people), I decided to write up a tutorial or sorts. So I want you (yes you) to read below and learn how to use an IRC client. Let's get to it then, shall we?Hey asshole! What in the bloody hell does IRC mean?! And why should I use it?!
Nice of you to ask! IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat (IRC for short). They're programs/applications/add-ons that you can install on your operating system/browser/smartphone. IRC is designed for group communications, but it allows private messaging, data/text/file transfer as well as file sharing.
Why you should use it? Because it's really easy to use! It's like the easiest thing to use ever! It doesn't take that much of your HDD to install one. They're small programs/applications/add-ons. What's even better? Most of them are cross-platform! That means you can use them on Windows, Linux, Mac and so on.
If you want more detailed information about IRC check out the link below:
Internet Relay ChatAlright! You convinced me! Where do I get them AND how do I install AND use them?! Which ones do you use?!
I was getting to that point right now! There are various IRC Clients out there! Some are free and for some of them you have to pay to use them. Down below I will mention only the most popular ones or the ones that I've used in the past.
What IRC Clients I use: NetTalk, ChatZilla and AndChat
ChatZilla - Add-On for Mozilla FireFox.
HexChat - XChat fork. It's also free.
HydraIRC - Open-source IRC client with an attractive and easy to use interface.
IceChat - Frosty IRC client!
Mibbit - Free Web based IRC client.
mIRC - Free trial, you need to buy it after the trial.
NetTalk - Easiest IRC Client to use.
Opera - The Opera web browser has a built-in IRC Client.
WeeChat - A fast, light and extensible IRC chat client
These are the desktop clients. Now I will continue with the mobile clients.Android
AndChat - While there are many IRC Clients for Android based devices... I found AndChat to be the best one, so it's only natural that I recommend it!iOS
I don't own an iPhone, iPod (newer versions) nor an iPad. You will have to find one for yourself.Windows Mobile
Same I don't own any device which has Windows 8 on it.NetTalk tutorial:
Alright people, here I will show you how to join a server/channel using NetTalk. You can get the program in the link above in this same post.
Now once you downloaded it, start it up and look for this icon (it's in the left upper corner):
Click on it and a new window should open up:
In this window the only important thing to you is IP or server name
. You are going to type in that box the following: irc.esper.net
Click next, another window will pop up:
The only real important things in this window are Nick-name
. Choose your nickname and password, then click next again which will open up the final window:
Here you type various commands that NetTalk can execute upon joining a server. Right now you will only need to type this in that big box: $join #KunioKun
Click complete and EsperNet should launch and you should find yourself in the Kunio-kun channel! That's it! You've joined your first IRC channel yay!ChatZilla tutorial:
Now it's time to learn how to join a server/channel using FireFox's add-on IRC Client, ChatZilla! Get the add-on in the link above, which is in this same thread, install it and we shall get started.
We first start by enabling your Menu Bar
in FireFox (if you already have it enabled, then skip this part). Right click on the top part of FireFox, a info box should show up. In that box you will look for Menu Bar
. Click on it and the Menu Bar should appear on the top half of FireFox.
Now onto the ChatZilla tutorial. Once you got the Menu Bar, look for Tools (it's located between Bookmarks and Help), once you got it click on it. Something like this should show up:
Click on ChatZilla. A new window will open up:
This is ChatZilla's main window. Here you can change your nickname by clicking on the box under *client* (for me it's Xian because that's the nick I use when I'm using ChatZilla). A new info box will show up and you will click on Change nickname...
You can type in your new nickname in the window that will pop up. Now for the channel/server stuff you will now look for the IRC tab:
Click on it and then click on Join Channel (or just CTRL + J to open it up) which will open up yet another window:
In here you will input exactly what is shown in the screenshot. If you're done then press Join.
Now it will connect you to EsperNet, but not to #KunioKun. Do no freak out! You have to open the Join Channel window again (CTRL + J) and in the Channel box type: #KunioKun
Click Join and it should allow you to join #KunioKun.AndChat tutorial:
Coming soon to a tutorial shop near you!