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Internet Relay Chat: Client Protocol (RFC2812)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003411D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-10
Document File: 63 page(s) / 76K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

C. Kalt: AUTHOR

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC2812: DOI

Abstract

This document defines the Client Protocol, and assumes that the reader is familiar with the IRC Architecture. This memo provides information for the Internet community.

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Network Working Group C. Kalt Request for Comments: 2812 April 2000 Updates: 1459 Category: Informational

Internet Relay Chat: Client Protocol

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2000). All Rights Reserved.

IESG NOTE:

The IRC protocol itself enables several possibilities of transferring data between clients, and just like with other transfer mechanisms like email, the receiver of the data has to be careful about how the data is handled. For more information on security issues with the IRC protocol, see for example http://www.irchelp.org/irchelp/security/.

Abstract

The IRC (Internet Relay Chat) protocol is for use with text based conferencing; the simplest client being any socket program capable of connecting to the server.

This document defines the Client Protocol, and assumes that the reader is familiar with the IRC Architecture [IRC-ARCH].

Table of Contents

1. Labels ..................................................... 3 1.1 Servers ................................................ 3 1.2 Clients ................................................ 3 1.2.1 Users ............................................. 4 1.2.1.1 Operators .................................... 4 1.2.2 Services .......................................... 4 1.3 Channels ............................................... 4 2. The IRC Client Specification ............................... 5 2.1 Overview ............................................... 5 2.2 Character codes ........................................ 5 2.3 Messages ............................................... 5

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RFC 2812 Internet Relay Chat: Client Protocol April 2000

2.3.1 Message format in Augmented BNF ................... 6 2.4 Numeric replies ........................................ 8 2.5 Wildcard expressions ................................... 9 3. Message Details ............................................ 9 3.1 Connection Registration ................................ 10 3.1.1 Password message .................................. 10 3.1.2 Nick message ...................................... 10 3.1.3 User message ...................................... 11 3.1.4 Oper message ...................................... 12 3.1.5 User mode message ................................. 12 3.1.6 Service message ................................... 13 3.1.7 Quit .............................................. 14 3.1.8 Squit ............................................. 15 3.2 Channel operations ..................................... 15 3.2.1 Join message ...................................... 16 3.2.2 Part message ...................................... 17 3.2.3 Channel mode message .............................. 18 3.2.4 Topic message ..................................... 19 3.2.5 Names message .................................

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