Basic IRC Commands Guide

Channel Modes

A channel can have various 'modes' set on it. Modes are set with + and removed with -, and multiple mode changes can be combined in one command (up to 4 most networks).

To find current modes, just use /mode #channel.


/mode #channel +v bob
/mode #channel +vv bob badger
/mode #channel +b nick!user@host
/mode #channel +tn
Mode Description
b <mask>[<reason>] Bans the given hostmask from the channel, with an optional reason
o <nick> Gives ops to <nick> (they become a channel operator)
v <nick> Give voice to <nick> (allows them to speak in a +m channel)
i Channel is invite-only
l <limit> Channel is limited to <limit> participants at the same time
n No outside messages/notices allowed (must be in the chan to do that)
m Channel is moderated. Only ops and voiced people can talk.
t Only chanops can change the channel topic
p Channel is private
s Channel is secret
k <key> Set a password-key (any text) necessary to get into the channel.

Difference between +p and +s

A channel can have +p (private) or +s (secret) mode set. The difference isn't obvious:

“Secret” means Top Secret. Its existance is secret (not present in any listing), and you beeing in it is secret. (It dosn’t show up in a whois on you and you can’t take a /names #chan on it) As an extra secrecy, a wildcard whois won’t return you.

“Private” means privacy for you. The channel shows up in the channellisting, but people can't tell you're in it, unless they're in the channel themselves.

p and s are mutually exclusive. Trying to send mode +ps will thus result in +s, +sp will result in +p.


irc/basiccommands.txt · Last modified: 2010/02/26 10:45 (external edit)
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