node-red-node-irc 0.0.7

A Node-RED node to talk to an IRC server

npm install node-red-node-irc

A Node-RED node to talk to an IRC server.

Note : This is the same node as was in the core of Node-RED. As of v0.10.8 you will need to install it from here if still required.


Run the following command in your Node-RED user directory - typically ~/.node-red

npm install node-red-node-irc

During install there may be multiple messages about libiconv charset support. These may look like failures... as they report as failure to compile errors - but are warnings and the node will continue to install and, assuming nothing else failed, you'll be able to use it, just without the character set features. You may of course manually install the extra dependancies as per the warnings, but they may not be available on all platforms.


Provides two nodes - one to receive messages, and one to send.


Connects to an IRC server to receive messages.

The IRC Server field needs to be configured to a valid server, and you must select a default channel to join. You may join multiple channels by comma separating a list - #chan1,#chan2,#etc.

Incoming messages will appear as msg.payload on the first output, while msg.topic will contain who it is from. contains either the name of the channel or PRIV in the case of a pm.

The second output provides a msg.payload that has any status messages such as joins, parts, kicks etc.

The type of the status message is set as msg.payload.type. The possible status types are:

  • message : message is sent into the channel
  • pm : private message to the bot
  • join : a user joined the channel (also triggered when the bot joins a channel)
  • invite : the bot is being invited to a channel
  • part : a user leaves a channel
  • quit : a user quits a channe
  • kick : a user is kicked from a channel


Sends messages to a channel on an IRC server.

You can send just the msg.payload, or the complete msg object to the selected channel, or you can select to use msg.topic to send the msg.payload to a specific user (private message) or channel.

If multiple output channels are listed (eg. #chan1,#chan2), then the message will be sent to all of them.

Note: you can only send to channels you have previously joined so they MUST be specified in the node - even if you then decide to use a subset of them in msg.topic

You may send RAW commands using msg.raw - This must contain an array of parameters - eg.

["privmsg","#nodered","Hello world"]

Node Info

Version: 0.0.7
Updated 1 year, 2 months ago
License: Apache-2.0


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