Tutorial: Complete walkthrough for joining AutoIt's IRC Channel using a desktop client
Hello Guys! . I have been busy with my exams... They are finished now, so summer holidays!
I am been working very hard to bring back the reputation for AutoIt in IRC, I recently made a unofficial channel for AutoIt at freenode (freenode is a very popular IRC Network for FOSS [Free and Open Source Software]). You can check this topic if you want:
This tutorial will guide you from start to finish covering each and every small step (no matter how small to make it more IRC newbie friendly) so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of IRC and the IRC Community. Please read the whole post for better understanding.
Ok, lets begin our IRC adventure!
You might wonder why do you need HexChat, why not use the free and no installation needed online IRC client? Well, most online clients might be quick and easy to setup but don't offer much option and power, moreover they even show your IP in the public!
For the above reason, we are using a neat desktop client called HexChat! (Its FOSS too!)
Here are the steps you need to follow:
1. As you might have expected, you need to download the installer first. Here is the link to the download page: http://hexchat.github.io/downloads.html. You need to select the best option for you, here are some pointers:
2. After downloading the installer, install it... Here is a small video which I made to help you :
This is the most important step in our journey, Configuration. After launching HexChat, it will prompt you to configure it, simply follow these steps:
1. This is the initial window, find "freenode" in the "Networks" List:
2. Select it and click "Favour" (optional but recommended).
3. Change the values in the input boxes as you wish (I have set mine in the screenshot).
4. Click edit and you will be prompted by a screen, click the "Autojoin channels" and add "##AutoIt" to it.
5. Click "Close"
6. Click "Connect" in the previous window and wait for it to automatically connect to ##AutoIt .
7. Vola! You are done! You can now chat like blah blah blah.....
Some extra optional work
1. Type "/msg NickServ REGISTER <any password> <your email address>"
2. Verify your email
3. Open network manager by doing Ctrl + S
4. Find freenode in the network list and click edit
5. Enter your password and click "Close"
6. Click on the "freenode" tab and enter this command: "/stats p". You will get a list of active staff members:
7. Type "/query <nickname of the staff member> <message>"
Replace <message> with a message asking for a "cloak", something like this would do the trick: "Hello, I want a cloak for account"
8. Wait for the staff member to give you the cloak.
That's it! You are done!
End comments by the author of this tutorial
I am glad that you are still reading until the end , You have just made a BIG contribution to freenode ##AutoIt IRC Community! Thank you very much for that
IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS, FEEL FREE TO PM ME HERE OR /msg TheDcoder <message> ON IRC.
IRC UDF - Updated Version of Chips' IRC UDF - Release: V1.22 - 09/06/2016 - Technical Writer Needed!
A UDF to connect to IRC using TCP Functions, as well as perform actions once connected.
WANTED: Technical Writer able to create / maintain a helpfile (.chm) using the Autoit helpfile layout for an negotiated rate.
Originally created by Chip.
UDF Headers updated compared to old script.
Error and Parameter Handling updated compared to old script.
If you need to bypass the RFC compliance of this UDF, use _IRCRaw.
The majority of the old functions have been modified. It will break most, if not all, scripts using the old UDF.
These commands should work on every server following either RFC 1459 (legacy) or RFC 2812 (preferred).
IRC Chat Clients
Chatroom Integration for software
IRC Bots for Channel / Server Administration
IRC Bots for Games such as Hangman, Mafia, and WereWolf
Remote Administration without having to setup your own AutoIt server
Chips' Old UDF Topic:
While these downloads are more stable than the ones above, I do not have time to thoroughly test all functions and variable entries. If something doesn't work as expected or gives you an error please check @error and @extended variables then create a reply to this topic.
09/06/2016: IRC.au3 Fixed : Updated Headers to UDF-spec (- instead of =) _IRCGetMsg Fixed : Incorrect Return Value On Error _IRCStripSpecial Added : Better documentation of Flags _IRCMultiSendMsg Added : Better documentation of Flags _IRCMultiSendMsg Fixed : Max Message Size based on https://forums.unrealircd.org/viewtopic.php?t=6811 Updated all files to consider themselves a standalone install by default All Functions that didn't Return anything now return Number of bytes sent Slight Performance Improvements by using Parameter Gating instead of Single Input Single Output 07/21/2016: Example.au3 Fixed : Includes Example.au3 Renamed: IRC_Example.au3 IRC.au3 Changed: Minor Performance Improvements 04/18/2016: IRCConstants.au3 Updated: A Ton of New Constants added IRCMultiSendMsg Added : Color Example Increased TCP Timeout in all Examples 04/13/2016: CUI.au3 Updated: Errors now output to Error Stream in Console (C/G)UI.au3 Fixed : Userlists (FOR REAL THIS TIME) by being sure to get the current channel Removed: Duplicate Constants File Include Removed: Local Declaration inside of While loop for Performance Updated: TCPTimeout Increased Updated: $sTemp renamed $sStrip for Readibility Example.au3 Updated: TCPTimeout Increased GUI_Client.au3 Renamed: GUI.au3 _IRCStripSpecial Added : Parameter Checking Updated: Documentation _IRCMultiSendMsg Added : Additional flags for Message Type (POSSIBLY SCRIPT BREAKING if using $_bTrim!) Updated: Example to show new flags Updated: Increase Max Message Size from 368 To 436 04/09/2016: IRC.au3 Updated: All Documentation Added : Now has a Constaznts file _IRCConnnect Fixed : Now PROPERLY returns any errors _IRCGetMsg Removed: $_iChars parameter since it gets one packet at a time and parsing is easier _IRCReplyTo Fixed : Now properly returns username _IRCStripSpecial Added : Now uses Constants File All files are now in a single ZIP Includes 2 basic IRC "clients", a CUI, and a GUI 07/15/2015: Example.au3 Added : Improved Debugging Updated: All Space Indents to Tab Idents IRC.au3 Removed: Exception skipping @error = -1 in IRCGetMsg() as 126.96.36.199 fixed it 07/15/2015: Example.au3 Added : Ping Timeout Fixed : Userlist clipping of last user IRC.au3 Fixed : IRCGetMsg() Hang 07/08/2015: Example.au3 Fixed : User Lists Fixed : Nickname now switches to backup nickname if first choice is already in use IRC.au3 Added : UDF Index Added : #include-once Updated: All Functions updated to Single Entry, Single Exit Updated: Now passes Au3Check on -q -d -w 1 -w 2 -w 3 -w- 4 -w 5 -w 6 -w- 7 01/15/2015: Example.au3 Fixed : Ampersand channels causing a crash 12/20/2014: Example.au3 Fixed : Nicks not updating on all channel lists when a user changed their nick Fixed : Nicks not deleting on all channel lists when a user quits the network 12/19/2014: Example.au3 Added : User lists Added : Channel lists Added : Bot keeps track of own nick Added : Secondary nick in case first nick choice is in use. Added : Extremely Minor performance improvements _IRCConnect Added : Improved parameter checking _IRCGetMsg Updated: Now only retrieves one packet by default (MAY be script breaking) 10/14/2014: Example.au3 Added : Shutdown TCP on exit Fixed : $Recipient now gets the actual Recipient instead of the 3rd message Added : Now exits when told to quit. IRC.au3 Added : Improved Error Reporting (Includes @extended on error) _IRCDisconnect Added : Close Socket on Disconnect _IRCStripSpecial Added : Improved Color Stripping 09/28/2014: _IRCConnect Fixed : Checking if Mode was blank. _IRCGetMsg Fixed : Spamming of 0 and incorrectly thinking there was an error. 09/28/2014: IRC.au3 Fixed : All functions now return when errors are encountered instead of continuing _IRCConnect Added : Now returns an error if optional password failed to send _IRCGetMsg Added : Now returns an error if it failed to receive a custom amount of data _IRCServerVersion Fixed : Capitalized "Version" 09/26/2014: Example.au3 Fixed : Pings not ending with @CRLF IRCExtras.au3 Added : _IRCStripSpecial(), Cleans special characters sometimes seen in IRC 09/24/2014: Example.au3 Added : Checking for PrivMsg Fixed : Infinite loop if you removed _IRCDisconnect Updated: Bot now disconnects when receiving "!quit" instead of automatically Discontinuted BETA UDF project. 04/20/2014: IRCExtras.au3 Added : Additional IRC Functions _IRChangeNick Renamed: _IRCSelfSetNick (SCRIPT BREAKING! Fix: Replace _IRCChangeNick with _IRCSelfSetNick) _IRCGetMsg Fixed : Now no longer Splits Packets if Default option is used _IRCChannelInvite Added : Invites a User to a Channel _IRCChannelKick Added : Kick a User from a channel _IRCJoinChannel Renamed: _IRCChannelJoin (SCRIPT BREAKING! Fix: Replace _IRCJoinChannel with _IRCChannelJoin) _IRCMode Renamed: _IRCMultiMode (SCRIPT BREAKING! Fix: Replace _IRCMode with _IRCMultiMode) _IRCOper Renamed: _IRCSelfOper (SCRIPT BREAKING! Fix: Replace _IRCOper with _IRCSelfOper) _IRCPartChannel Renamed: _IRCChannelPart (SCRIPT BREAKING! Fix: Replace _IRCPartChannel with _IRCChannelPart) _IRCPing Renamed: _IRCServerPing (SCRIPT BREAKING! Fix: Replace _IRCPing with _IRCServerPing) _IRCPong Renamed: _IRCServerPong (SCRIPT BREAKING! Fix: Replace _IRCPong with _IRCServerPong) _IRCSelfSetStatus Added : Sets you AFK and un-AFK _IRCSendMessage Renamed: Renamed _IRCMultiSendMsg. (SCRIPT BREAKING Fix: Replace IRCSendMessage with IRCMultiSendMsg) _IRCSendMessageRaw Renamed: Renamed _IRCRaw (SCRIPT BREAKING! Fix: Replace _IRCSendMessageRaw with _IRCRaw) _IRCServerTime Added : Get time from a Server _IRCServerVersion Added : Get Software Version from a Server _IRCTopic Renamed: _IRCChannelTopic (SCRIPT BREAKING! Fix: Replace _IRCTopic with _IRCChannelTopic) Improved Parameter detection in all Functions Renamed Functions to show who/what they effect, MASSIVE Script Breaking. Sorry! :/ 04/06/2014: _IRCGetMsg Added : Use to get IRC Messages. _IRCSetTopic Changed: Now named _IRCTopic (SCRIPT BREAKING! Fix: Replace _IRCSetTopic with _IRCTopic) Changed: Can now be used to query topic and does so by default. Use "" to blank the topic All functions now thoroughly check their parameters Updated all functions to use @extended to some errors Fixed @error returning 0 by starting all errors at 1 instead of 0 03/20/2014: _IRCChangeMode Changed: Now named _IRCMode (SCRIPT BREAKING! Fix: Replace _IRCChangeMode with _IRCMode) Changed: $_sMode is now OPTIONAL. Allowing the command to be used to Query current mode as well _IRCConnect Fixed : Missing Colon Before $_sRealName. It should now allow Real Names with spaces _IRCDisconnect Fixed : Issue with Blank Messages. Should now properly blank to Default _IRCPing Changed: $_Server is now REQUIRED. (SCRIPT BREAKING! Fix: Specify a server as Parameter 2) _IRCSendMessage Added : $_bTrim, Trims message if too long instead of breaking up the message, Default is true _IRCSetTopic Added : Command for setting a Channel Topic Updated Most Functions to include better error checking Updated Most Channel Related Functions to check for valid channels 03/16/2014: _IRCChangeMode Added : Optional parameters for channel modes Changed: Parameter ordering Target is now before Mode (SCRIPT BREAKING! Fix: Swap Parameters 2 and 3) _IRCConnect Changed: No longer exits the script on error, instead returns TCPConnect Error Code _IRCJoinChannel Added : Now Supports Channel Passwords _IRCOper Added : Command for IRC Server Operator Login Updated All Functions to have UDF standard error codes 02/24/2014: _IRCSendMessage Changed: Split Into _IRCSendMessage and _IRCSendMessageRaw (SCRIPT BREAKING! No Simple Fix Available) 02/23/2014: Made variables comply to UDF Standards http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/udfs/UDF_Standards.htm Removed MsgBoxes left over from old UDF Updated / Uploaded IRC.au3 Known and Reported Bugs:
Message output only displays ANSI characters in CUI. (Can't Fix) Freenode requires registration for part messages thus the part message in example doesn't show up (Can't fix) Messages (e.g. PRIVMSG) are not forwarded?, when it contains umlauts/german mutations and when the message only contains a dot '.' (Unconfirmed) Warnings:
Do NOT send a lot of messages at once. MOST networks will disconnect you. SOME networks will permanently ban you. A MINORITY will harshly retailiate. Do NOT use the Sleep() function in your scripts. It prevents you from receiving any new data, can disconnect your from the network, and have other undesired consequences. Use the TimerInit() and TimerDiff() functions and possibly a message queue. To Do:
Possibly add in SSL functionality Create More Functions for IRC commands An entire IRC daemon written in AutoIt Have _IRCChannelJoin check the channel list for errors Have _IRCChannelPart check the channel list for errors Possibly Include Kips TCP UDF for ASync Port Listening in Example Create Additional UDFs for extras such as CTCP, DCC, and Error Lookup Experiment with having functions check for the reply and see if reliable. Have _IRCMultiMode Check if User or Channel and Accept or Deny $_sParams Accordingly Upcoming Changes:
To Be Decided
A UDF to connect to IRC using TCP Functions, as well as perform actions once connected. Based on and Updated from Chip (McGod)'s original IRC code, which no longer works.
* Large feature set
* Well Documented Examples Message formatting
* Colors RFC1459 + RFC2812 Compliant
* Able to handle moderately non-compliant servers
* Works on IRCv3 although missing the features of it
* Tested on various networks from Freenode to Rizon Helpful Premade Examples Files
* Examples for almost every function
* Premade CUI and GUI clients showing Ready for all users, beginner and up
* Detailed Error Reporting to help pin-point problems
* Thorough parameter checking to prevent accidental script crashes
Unofficial IRC Channel for AutoIt in freenode!
Hello! I made a unofficial IRC channel for AutoIt in freenode , Here are the details for connecting to it:
Ports: 6665, 6666, 6667, 8000, 8001, and 8002, with SSL on 6697, 7000, and 7070 (Port 7000 with SSL is recommended)
Web Clients: Kiwi IRC, Freenode Webchat (qwebirc), Mibbit etc. (Using Kiwi IRC is recommended because the url is pre-configured)
(WARNING! Using web clients may reveal your IP!)
If you are new to IRC, I have made a guide just for you!:
[DcoderBot] An IRC Bot Base for AutoIt
Hello! , How are we doing today? I am guessing we all are doing fine . Lets get to the point, the reason why I created this bot (base) is that ##AutoIt needs a bot too! ##c has a bot made in C, ##haskell has a bot made in haskell etc... It would not be good if we don't have a bot for ourselves! , Thus I created this bot base (I nick named it DcoderBot).
I could create a Feature list here but I already made one in the GitHub page, so I won't do it now, If you want to see the features list, please refer to this link!
Thanks and enjoy!