Simply this plugin will create a link between the chat on the server and an IRC server and channels. This is useful for admins to keep an eye on the server and also a fun thing for players to be able to chat without actually having to be in the game.

Bug Reports / Suggestions

If you find a bug, encounter a problem or have a suggestion, please fill out a ticket via the Tickets link above. I do not have the time to read through the comments section, any comment that fits the previous three categories will be ignored.


On first run the plugin will create the three files explained below, the minimum is to set the connection information in the config file.


The default config file looks like this

    port: 6667
    password: ''
    nick: MCBot
    password: nickserv_password
    - '#something'
    - '#somethingelse'
    verbose: false

The server section is fairly straight forward but note that the password here is the password required to join the server and not the NickServ password. The bot section allows a list of channels which can be joined as well as the other standard config options, the password here is the NickServ password for the nick if it has one. Setting verbose to true will cause all text sent to and from the IRC server to be written to the console, this is useful for debugging.


Any console command can be used from IRC if you are an OP (see below). In the channel you can use a ! in place of the first slash for example /time in game would be !time via IRC. You can also send a /msg to the bot with any command jut like you would in the console, no need for a ! or /, so using the same example it would be time


Only players listed in the irc-ops.txt file can use commands from IRC, note that this is not the same as an OP in game. Make sure that all names listed in this file are registered with NickServ on the IRC server, without this anyone would be able to join and execute console commands if they knew your nickname.


  • /ircop - Adds a player to the ops list.
  • /ircdeop - Removes a player from the ops list.
  • /irc kick - Kicks a user from a channel
  • /irc ban - Bans a hostmask from a channel
  • /irc op - Gives a user OP
  • /irc deop - Takes OP from a user
  • /irc voice - Gives voice to a user
  • /irc devoice - Takes voice from a user
  • /irc leave - Leaves all channels
  • /irc join - Joins the configured channels
  • /irc disconnect - Disconnects from the server
  • /irc connect - Connects to the server

Note that most of the /irc commands require the bot to be an OP for the channel.


  • simpleirc.op.give - Required to be able to op players
  • simpleirc.op.take - Required to be able to deop players
  • - Allows the player to kick IRC users
  • - Allows the player to ban IRC users
  • - Allows the player to op IRC users
  • - Allows the player to deop IRC users
  • - Allows the player have the bot leave channels
  • - Allows the player have the bot join channels
  • - Allows the player have the bot disconnect
  • - Allows the player have the bot connect

All permissions default to OP only)


If you use a different name on IRC to in game you get create an alias so that your name appears correctly in both places, to do that add a line to the alises.txt file in the format

IRC name:in-game name

So If I use the name "Jacek" on IRC and the name "wide_load" in game then I would enter


The player name will be protected on the IRC server, if a user joins the channel with the name of a player with an alias they will be kicked for impersonation.

Chat Formatting

A chat formatting plugin is needed to modify the way messages from IRC are displayed in game, SimpleIRC will call a RemotePlayerChatEvent which formatting plugins can listen for. If your chat formatting plugin does not support this you can use SimpleIRC-Formatter alongside it which does.


Contributions to the project are very much welcome, if you have a feature that you want implemented and know a nice way to do it then consider forking the repo and submitting a pull request. These will be accepted as long as the following simple guidelines are followed.

  • Do not edit the structure of the pom.xml file, feel free to add a dependency if you need it but the formatting and structure should not be changed.
  • If you are exposing a new API method, add a JavaDoc comment to it, but don't over-comment internal code.
  • Follow the existing code style, don't antagonise over every space though !

All dependencies that are used are now available from a public Maven repo, so you don't have to worry about building several other projects just to add a simple change any more.

Source Code

Available on GitHub.

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  • Avatar of DarkDestry DarkDestry Nov 20, 2013 at 11:26 UTC - 0 likes

    Im encountering some bugs with this plugin. Usernames are showing up with a ? after the first letter of the name. Example would be <D?arkDestry> and #D?arkDestry 2 different formatting on 2 different server.

    PS im using This and an IRC channel to link 2 server's chat

  • Avatar of TheCoolGuy123_5_Minecraft TheCoolGuy123_5_Minecraft Oct 12, 2013 at 19:40 UTC - 0 likes

    @wide_load: Go Randomly the join and leave messages are breaking. Admins and up's join msg is randomly breaking. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not,

    I get this from SimpleIRC

    I need this fixed ASAP Thanks.

  • Avatar of AustinPuppyUSA AustinPuppyUSA Aug 11, 2013 at 06:28 UTC - 0 likes


    I don't have the plugin anymore, but it would give me errors and wouldn't connect to IRC channel.

    Last edited Aug 11, 2013 by AustinPuppyUSA
    Alpha and Omega fan forever!

  • Avatar of TheCoolGuy123_5_Minecraft_ TheCoolGuy123_5_Minecraft_ Aug 02, 2013 at 14:55 UTC - 0 likes

    Ever since I added this plugin to my server, I've been getting this error: My server hasn't been stable since 1.6.2, and I've only seen these errors from 1.6.2, and I'm very positive it's SimpleIRC.

    The console messages about Server/IRC chat are kinda the same looking with The error...

    (I don't know, it does kinda)

    Edit: Saw plugin uses what the error is. PircBotX.

    Last edited Aug 02, 2013 by TheCoolGuy123_5_Minecraft_

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    My server is gone. The website is still here until Janurary!
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  • Avatar of wide_load wide_load Jul 08, 2013 at 13:01 UTC - 0 likes

    @AustinPuppyUSA: Go

    In what way ?

  • Avatar of AustinPuppyUSA AustinPuppyUSA Jul 08, 2013 at 07:51 UTC - 0 likes

    This plugin broke with the release of 1.6.1.

    Last edited Jul 08, 2013 by AustinPuppyUSA
  • Avatar of deleted_9859142 deleted_9859142 Jun 28, 2013 at 21:37 UTC - 0 likes

    OK, I did :D

    Plugin page Donate

  • Avatar of wide_load wide_load Jun 28, 2013 at 18:41 UTC - 0 likes

    @deleted_9859142: Go

    You should probably register it anyway, people could impersonate the bot if not :P

  • Avatar of deleted_9859142 deleted_9859142 Jun 28, 2013 at 18:00 UTC - 0 likes

    @deleted_9859142: Go

    Ah I know, why the name don't gets renamed now, because I took a registrated foreign name before. And the current botname isn't a registrated name.

  • Avatar of deleted_9859142 deleted_9859142 Jun 28, 2013 at 17:52 UTC - 0 likes

    @wide_load: Go Thanks, but I didn't registered the bot name, so there is no NickServ password. Correct me If i'm wrong. Anyway it works now and i don't know why :D

    with this comment, you connect to a password protected channel: "/j #channel password"


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