Node.js on IRC

2009-12-16 00:00:00 +0000 by Alex R. Young

Node.js makes writing IRC-related programs straightforward and super-efficient, thanks to its evented networking.
Therefore it isn’t surprising that a lot of projects have appeared

I’ve been looking around for reusable JavaScript IRC libraries, and
discovered the following projects.

IRC Daemon Demo

This IRC daemon demo presented at jsconf.eu/2009 demonstrates how to build a server. It has
simple prototypal classes for channels and users, and parses IRC
commands using a regex and a switch. It also uses node’s
TCP library.


nodelog is an IRC logger. This would be a good place to start if you’d like to build a JavaScript IRC
bot. The client code is clear and reusable. The log.js file
demonstrates how to use the irc.js library.


irccat-nodejs is based on irccat which allows you to send messages to IRC using HTTP or a TCP socket. The client code is again
fairly simple.


egret is a command-line IRC client. The base code uses node’s TCP sockets and a hash to interpret IRC
commands into English.


nodejs.irc is an IRC bot. It’s not finished yet, but the code is separated out and easy to follow.


aoibot is similar to nodejs.irc, but it looks like the finished product will be less generic. Again, it’s
unfinished, so I expect the author still has a lot of ideas and work to