Servers

Unreal

The most widely-deployed IRC server software today, Unreal implements many new features and also participates in the IRCv3 Working Group.

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InspIRCd

One of the most modular and flexible IRC servers, InspIRCd is heavily involved in the IRCv3 Working Group.

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Charybdis

Charybdis is a modern, well-used IRC server, implementing many of the IRCv3 features and specifications.

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ircd-seven

Being the server software of choice for freenode, ircd-seven is a reliable server software that implements some newer standards.

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Bahamut

Being written by and for DALnet, Bahamut is a very stable IRC server that doesn’t follow newer standards.

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ircd-ratbox

Being well-used on EFnet, ircd-ratbox is a stable and fast IRC server that doesn’t follow newer standards.

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ngIRCd

ngIRCd is a lightweight IRC server designed primarily for use in small or private networks.

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ircu2

Developed by and for the Undernet community, ircu2 is relatively well-used and does not follow newer standards.

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ircd-hybrid

One of the most widely-used servers for a time, ircd-hybrid helped introduce the very widespread TimeStamp server protocol and folows some newer standards.

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IRCd

The original IRC server, IRCd spawned a number of the servers listed here. Not maintained today and having spawned the (in)famous RFC2812, we list the compatibility of this server mostly for context and historical interest.

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