synIRC strives to provide a free, safe, stable, and secure environment for internet relay chat (IRC) with minimal negative intrusion or impact from network staff.

Network upgrades

A series of upgrades to the network have recently been completed! The highlights include:

  • TLS/SSL certificates - connecting to on TLS port 6697 will serve a valid Let's Encrypt certificate that your client can verify. On most modern clients, TLS/SSL verification should be on by default.
  • SASL authentication - the ability to authenticate to NickServ prior to connection with SASL PLAIN (using a username and password) and SASL EXTERNAL (using a client certificate). Search [your client] sasl (e.g. hexchat sasl) to get specific instructions for your IRC client.
  • Typing indicators - IRCCloud users can now see when other IRCCloud users are typing a message. To enable it in IRCCloud, tick the box at Settings > Chat & embeds > Share typing status. Support in other clients is may exist, but is limited at this stage.
  • Hiding idle time - users can hide their idle time in /whois from non-staff by setting usermode +I.

For the technically inclined, UnrealIRCd was upgraded from 3.x --> 4.x --> 6.x, and Anope services from 1.x --> 2.x.

If you have any questions about these changes, please consult your IRC client's documentation, or drop by #help where someone can assist.

envy delinked has been delinked. One of our first servers, it served us well through the years but its time came to leave.

Full link for has been accepted as a full link. Congratulations, Hex!

New testlink -

We would like to welcome our new test link,, provided by Hex. May the test link period go well!

Executive Council changes

jaf has stepped down as a member of the Executive Council. Congratulations to darkex who has been elected to succeed him!

Full link has been accepted as a full link.

New testlink -

synIRC has accepted a testlink for - located in Germany, Frankfurt - administered by Aden.

New testlink

I would like to welcome a new test link administered by Jordan to the network.

3 new servers

We have 3 new servers as part of the network. We have accepted 2 for a testlink -- (admin darkex) and (admin namreeb), and have commissioned (admin Eien) as a full link.

Delink of two servers and removal of network staff

The servers and have been removed from the network. The associated administrators of each server, Danny and noob respectively, have been removed from network staff.

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