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IRC is peak chat technology. It isn't owned by anyone, and anyone can set up their own IRC network very easily. To make your IRC experience even better, Space Hippie provides members with an account on our IRC bouncer!

How to use IRC

(For information about using our bouncer, see that page)

IRC is easy to use, and it's easy on your internet connection. First, you need a client. The best graphical client is HexChat. If you want a client that runs in your terminal, Irssi is also an excellent choice, but it isn't as beginner-friendly. WeeChat is also a popular CLI client. You can also use a web-based client like KiwiIRC. Whichever you choose, chatting is just a matter of setting up your client, joining a server, and then joining a channel.

In HexChat, a network list should appear on startup. Select a network, select a channel, and chat away. If you frequent a channel/network, you may consider setting it to auto-connect when you open your client, so you can disable the network list on startup. You can also add networks that aren't on the list, like the Space Hippie network!

Our IRC Network

To connect to the Space Hippie IRC network, add a new network, set the server to and join channel #general.

The Space Hippie IRC network is for general discussion.


Some IRC networks have bots, which are automated users that respond to commands. Some have an administrative function, like NickServ on Rizon and other networks, which allows users to register nicknames. In #general on the Space Hippie network, we run TempleBot, which lets you talk to God, just like Terry Davis.