ZNC is an IRC bouncer with many advanced features such as a built-in web interface, persistent connection (detaching), multiple users, per channel playback buffer, SSL, IPv6, transparent DCC bouncing, and c++ module support, to name a few.


  • Highly powerful and flexible module system with dozens of modules available
  • Very active community in #znc on EFnet (also on freenode but less active)
  • Handles multiple users in one running process
  • Multiple irc clients can connect to a given user
  • Plays back channel text when your client connects
  • Built-in webadmin interface for configuring using a browser
  • Fully IPv6 and ssl compatible between.. client <-> ZNC <-> irc
  • Bounce DCC chats and transfers through ZNC to stay anonymous
  • iPhone PUSH support for mobile colloquy and prowl (via modules)
  • *twitter module for watching searches/mentions/etc and sending tweets
  • You can /detach #annoying_chan to have ZNC to stay in the channel but hide it from your clients
  • Can load modules to authenticate off of IMAP or SASL, or write one to use your own custom system
  • Has a *partyline module for talking in channels with other users on your same ZNC instance
  • Has modules to change your nick when you're detached, keep trying for your primary nick, rejoining channels on kick, etc. etc.

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