documentation: IRC

Normal IRC services run on port 6667.

Secure IRC (over SSL)

The secure IRC port is 6999. It is preferred that you use the secure port instead of the standard one, as all traffic will be encrypted (therefore your conversations cannot be read by anyone sniffing your packets).

Using the secure port may require special configuration of your IRC client. (but it's worth it.) I list the most common client configuration instructions below. If you can setup your IRC client to automatically connect to on the secure port and join channels, then you'll only need to do this once and benefit from it everafter. If you have trouble, ask me or another geek to help you.

You can confirm that you're connected to the secure port by looking for the following line in your clients status window on connect:

*** You are connected to with TLSv1-AES256-SHA-256bits

The part in bold refers to the encryption algorithm being used. In this case, it's the AES encryption algorithm with a key size of 256 bits. You don't really need to know about this.


Enter the command:

/server -em 6999

-e will enable SSL encryption on the connection. -m will simply start the server in a new window, which is probably want you want.

To automate this; add this to your REMOTE scripts:

On *:Start: {
  server -em 6999 

For more information, see the mIRC manual, or use google because it might be a bit unhelpful. Or use a better client ;)


Enter the command:

/sslserver 6999

To automate this right-click on the network tab (after connecting as above) and click on Open This Network at Startup. Make sure that there is now a tick next to the option (otherwise you may have turned it off!). That's it.


Trillian doesn't support SSL IRC connections.


For manual connections, use the command

/connect -SSL 6999

To automate this, put an entry in your servers block in your irssi config file (.irssi/config):

    address = "";
    chatnet = "axdf";
    port = "6999";
    use_ssl = "yes";
    autoconnect = "yes";

For more information, see the irssi documentation.