Connecting with Hexchat

Hexchat is an open-source IRC client that works on Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can download the Windows 7 app for free. The Windows 7 app works fine for Windows 10 and does not cost money.

Graphical Instructions

  1. Once you start Hexchat, it will open up the network list automatically. If it does not, go to the menu bar and click on HexchatNetwork List.
  2. Click Add
  3. Rename New Network.
  4. Click Edit while the new network is selected.
  5. Fill in the details:
    1. Click on the field that says newserver/6667. Fill in the bouncer server address, followed by a slash /, followed by 31337. For example, if your bouncer server address is, then you should fill in
    2. Check Connect to this network automatically.
    3. Check Use SSL for all servers on this network.
    4. Uncheck Use global user information.
    5. Nick name: the username you registered for the bouncer
    6. Real name: anything is fine
    7. User name: the username you registered for the bouncer
    8. Password: username/network:password -- for example, if your username is john and you want to connect to ircnow, you might fill in john/ircnow:abcde12345.
    9. Click Close
  6. Click Connect
  7. If you get a message saying ZNC is not yet connected, type /znc connect.

Quick Command

Type this command:

/server -ssl 31337 username/network:password

Replace username, network, and password. For example, if your username is john, the network you want to connect to is ircnow, and your password is abcde12345, then type:

/server -ssl 31337 john/ircnow:abcde12345