Connecting with Thunderbird

Thunderbird is an open-source mail client that can also be used for IRC.

  1. Click on the menu button, then click on New.
  2. Click on Chat Account
  3. Choose IRC
  4. Fill in your nickname and server (it will look like
  5. If you have a NickServ password, you can enter it here. Otherwise, leave this blank. NOTE: This is not the same as the bouncer password from IRCNow.
  6. Set port to 31337 and check SSL.
  7. Review the settings and click Done.
  8. Click on the menu button again, then select Settings.
  9. Slide the page until the very bottom, then, click Config Editor
  10. Type messenger.account.accountN.options.serverPassword in the field, where N is the number of the account. In this case, it is 1.
  11. Press OK, then enter your bouncer username, the network you want, and bouncer password in the format username/network:password -- for example, if your username is john and you want to connect to ircnow, you might fill in john/ircnow:abcde12345.
  12. If you see a message saying ZNC is not yet connected, type /znc connect -- wait a few minutes to connect.