IRC Tutorial – How to set up Pidgin in 5 easy steps

In tutorial, Uncategorized on May 9, 2008 at 18:10

IRC is a great way for a lot of people to come together to chat. However it is often seen to be, for want of a better description, “geeky”. This tutorial is for those people who see it that way. I’ll show you how easy it is to set it up with Pidgin, a great piece of open source software.

In IRC, chat rooms are termed as “channels”. Channels are identified by the pound(#) symbol that can be found in front of the channel name, and an IRC server can host many such channels. In this tutorial we will join the #test channel on the “” server.

1) Download and install Pidgin.

2) Create a new account:

  1. Click on Accounts -> Manage
  2. Click on Add. You should get to the following screen. Fill in the details as given in the screenshot below. You can leave the password field blank for now.

IRC Account Creation

3) The account should connect automatically. If it does not, click on Accounts -> <username>@<irc_server> -> Enable.

4) Time to join a chat room! Go to Buddies -> Join a chat in the Pidgin menu.

  1. Select your IRC account from the drop down
  2. To join the #test channel, fill in #test in the Channel textbox.
  3. Leave password blank for now.
  4. Hit Join.

If the chat room doesn’t exist, it is created. See how easy it is to create your own chat room?

5) I didn’t really need this step. I didn’t want to edit the title again. So here it is.

Your screen name is called your “nick” on IRC. Some chat rooms can only be joined by those who have registered their nicks with the server. This is to prevent identity theft, because registered nicks are password protected.

To register your nick:

  1. Type /msg nickserv register <password> (Replace <password> with your actual password :D)
  2. After this, to log in to your nick, send /msg nickserv identify <password>
  3. To avoid manually logging in each time using the identify command you can specify the password in the Accounts dialog as in the screen shot above.

Voila! See how easy it is? There are a bunch of cooler and more advanced stuff to do on IRC. Explore with Google!

For those interested, there is an #aucse channel on Do drop by!

  1. Nice one! Write a tutorial for normal Google/Yahoo chatting on Pidgin too 🙂 More people will use that than IRC

  2. gr8… how abt telling people pidgin windows is there, and theres nothing different from using yahoo messenger / google talk & pidgin – ppl think pidgin is for linux & geeks

  3. F**king thank you dude. Why is it that I have to come here for a decent tutorial on joining a friggin IRC channel on Pidgin! Why is it that people are releasing software without any decent basic tutes on how to use it? Jesus, it does my head in. Waste of my time.

  4. How did I miss this one? cha…….. tech post and all engayo poite… semmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmma da 😀 ^:)^

  5. Thanks for the tutorial. I am a geek but how to join a chat room was not obvious.

  6. awesome one dude thanks
    really explains the need to know basics that i was looking for all over..:)

  7. Haha, awesome! I was just trying to get the dang thing working, and couldn’t figure it out. now it’s so simple! you’re a life saver. ^_^

  8. Thank you very much kind sir!

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