IRC, or Internet Relay Chat, lets you communicate with other members of the Metasploit IRC channel in real-time. For more information on IRC, visit www.irchelp.org.
There are tons of free IRC clients available for you to use. Here are some of the more popular IRC clients:
If you don’t have an IRC client installed on your system, please select and download one now. We recommend Pidgin, but that’s just us.
Sample IRC client installation
Need some help installing and configuring an IRC client? We’ve listed the steps for installing Pidgin and setting up the chat client below.
- Download and run the installer.
- Follow the installation wizard to install Pidgin onto your system.
- Open Pidgin for the first time. The Buddy List window will display first.
- Select Accounts > Manage Accounts from the menu bar.
- Click the Add... button.
- Choose “IRC” from the Protocol dropdown menu.
- Select a username and password for the account.
- Make sure “irc.freenode.net” is entered in the Server field and save your changes.
- Type “REGISTER <IRC account password> <your e-mail address>” when the NickServ window displays. Note the order of the REGISTER command: first password, then email address. Hit Enter when you are done.
- Check your email to retrieve the command needed to complete the registration process. It should say something like “/msg NickServ VERIFY REGISTER <account name> <registration code>”.
- Enter this command in the NickServ window and hit Enter.
- Type “/join #metasploit” to join the Metasploit Project’s IRC channel.
And you’re done!
IRC channel and server information
If you already have an IRC client installed, here is the information you will need to access our channel:
Visit Freenode for help.
Basic IRC commands
Here are some handy IRC commands you will need to know:
/help – Shows all available commands
/who – Shows who is on the channel
/join #channel – Join the specified channel
/leave #channel – Leave the specified channel
/quit – Quit IRC completely
Visit irchelp for a comprehensive list of commands.