ngIRCd is a free, portable and lightweight Internet Relay Chat server for small or private networks, developed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It is easy to configure, can cope with dynamic IP addresses, and supports IPv6, SSL-protected connections as well as PAM for authentication. It is written from scratch and not based on the original IRCd.
The name ngIRCd means next generation IRC daemon, which is a little bit exaggerated: lightweight Internet Relay Chat server most probably would have been a better name :-)
Why you should be using ngIRCd? For these and other reasons:
- well arranged (lean) configuration file
- simple to build/install, configure and maintain
- supports IPv6 and SSL
- no problems with servers that have dynamic IP addresses
- freely available, modern, portable and tidy C-source
- ngIRCd is being actively developed since 15 years
ngIRCd supports a whole range of platforms: Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, but ngIRCd also runs on Solaris, HP-UX, AIX and other Unices.
After the installation of ngIRCd, which is executed via packet installation or configure-make-make-install, and once you have edited the ngircd.conf, you can get started after 5 minutes – only a few lines need adapting, the rest is purely optional.