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Connecting with mIRC

This guide will tell you how to connect to our bouncers using the mIRC Client which is available at

For the purposes of this guide, we have used mIRC v7.61

Please see notes regarding SSL here


mIRC needs to be configured to connect to our bouncer, so to do this we need to bring up the "Server List". If this hasn't appeared automatically when starting mIRC, navigate to "File -> Select Server...". You should be presented with a window, on this window press the "Add" button and you should see something like this:

Screenshot of mIRC's server options

The options in this window need to be configured/changed as follows:

Option Description Value / Recommended Value
Description The name of the server that will be added (Can be anything) MyBouncer
Address The server that your account has been added to (i.e <server>
Ports Port 1337 for Non-SSL / Port +1339 for SSL (Don't forget the '+') +1339
Group The name of the server that will be added (Can be anything).

Note: By setting this, you will be able to use "/server [ChosenName]" to connect

Password This must be the username and password you use to authenticate to the bouncer


This must be the username, password and network name you use to authenticate to the bouncer




Login Method This is the login method mIRC will use to authenticate to the bouncer.

Selecting 'None' is sufficient enough to send PASS to authenticate to the bouncer


Once completed, the window should look like this:

Screenshot of mIRC's server options

Press "OK" on the "Add Server" window and "OK" on the server list (mIRC Options) window.


If you have added the bouncer to the Server List as outlined in the steps above, assuming that you have set a group a name, you will be able to connect using the following command:

   /server [GroupName]

Replacing [GroupName] with the Group name you set up in the steps above

Alternatively you can navigate to "File -> Select Server..." and double click the network you have added. This should bring up a window as shown below:

Screenshot of the mIRC options window

Press "Connect" on this window to connect to the bouncer.

You can also manually connect to your bouncer should you need to by using one of the following commands in mIRC's server window.

   /server <server>:<port> <username>:<password>


   /server <server>:<port> <username>/<network name>:<password>

Examples of this are shown below:

   /server TestOne:foo


   /server TestOne/Freenode:foo

Notes Regarding SSL

Older versions of mIRC did not support SSL natively and therefore require you to have the Open SSL libraries installed in order for it work. You will know if your version of mIRC does not support SSL if you recieve the following message while connecting to an SSL Port.

   [12:34:56]    SSL Error: SSL not available

If this is the case, either update mIRC to the latest version or install the Open SSL libraries required.

Where do I install the OpenSSL library?

You will need to install it either in the mIRC folder (typically C:\Program Files\mIRC or C:\Program Files (x86)\mIRC) or in the Windows System folder (typically C:\Windows\System32).

If you install it in the mIRC folder, OpenSSL will be usable only by mIRC.

If you install it in the Windows System folder, OpenSSL will be usable by all applications.

Steps after OpenSSL is installed

After installing OpenSSL restart or start mIRC. It should use the OpenSSL library automatically. To confirm whether mIRC has loaded the OpenSSL library, you can open the Options dialog and look in the Connect/Options section to see if the "SSL" button is enabled. You can also confirm if SSL is enabled by running the following:

   //echo -a $sslready

Please note that SSL ports whether in a /server command or in the server list must be prefixed with a '+'. (e.g +1339 and not 1339)