Using Debian (Lenny) here all update to date and such and I'm looking to setup an IRC server (I've done it before)

Just wondering whats the easiest to setup. I'm looking for something thats also updated a lot and that has lots and lots of features :)


  • This is pretty vague, can you be more specific about your needs? Commented Jan 5, 2010 at 17:13
  • Just was looking for something easy to setup. I've used Unreal IRCD and I think thats my only option with Anope services.
    – EpicDewd
    Commented Jan 5, 2010 at 17:39

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Personally, I like InspIRCd which is easily modular and has API support.

http://wiki.inspircd.org/Comparison_Of_Features shows a comparison of features and a table of what services packages it supports.


That's pretty vague as said Meder but i would recommend Unreal IRCD.

EDIT: For the services i would consider using Anope


Looks like Unreal IRCD became InspIRCd.

IRCServices eventually became Anope that then became: atheme-services. See bug numbers: #424844 #646607

Hopefully by the time you read this I'll have some pkgs posted for atheme-services.

  • ...and The pkgs have been available for a while, in fact they have been updated at least once since I originally made them. Commented Jan 12, 2015 at 9:15
  • I tried both Unreal IRCD and InspIRCd. They are very much two distinct products. Yes, first plugin evolved: IRCservices (achurch version) -> epone -> Anope, but Atheme is a separate plugin. Anope has 70.5% usage share while Athene 13.9% (2019)
    – papo
    Commented Sep 14, 2020 at 12:02

We've been pretty happy with ircd-hybrid server and the hybserv services collection; it's relatively widely used and has some useful modules. It's also still under active development.


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