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Help with Downloading, Installing and Setup of

mIRC (mIRC version last verified: 11 APRIL 1999- dlj)

IRC, short for Internet Relay Chat, offers a world-wide multi-user chat network, where people meet to talk in groups, or privately. Lots of people can participate in the real time discussions, and the number of topics covered on IRC is endless. On IRC you'll meet people with the same ideas and interests, and making friends for life is not unusual. IRC can host your business meetings and it can be your virtual hide-out!

To connect to IRC you'll need a small chat program like mIRC. mIRC is the shareware IRC chat program made for Windows by Khaled Mardam-Bey. It offers a fast and clean interface to IRC and it is well equipped with options and tools. You can download mIRC for free!

On this page we hope to clarify downloading mIRC (and files in general) from the Internet to your PC and we will introduce you to installing and setting up the program in Windows. Just read on and follow the instructions.

STEP ONE : Download the proper mIRC 5.51 file
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mIRC is distributed in a self-extracting file that will install mIRC on your PC. You don't need an external program to install and setup mIRC on your PC, just follow the instructions below.

You first have to find out what mIRC version you will be running. mIRC is available is a 16 bit version (mirc551s.exe) and a 32 bit version (mirc551t.exe).

The 32 bit version is meant for 32 bit Operating Systems  like Win95/98/2000.

To determine which version you will be using:

If you have Windows 3.1 or 3.11 then install the 16  bit version;

If you have Windows 3.11 with the win32s package, then install the 32 bit version;

If you have Windows 95/98/2000 with a 16 bit winsock like Netcruiser, or the 16 bit Trumpet winsock, then install the 16 bit issue! (-not- the 32 bit issue);

If you have Windows 95/98/2000 with a 32 bit winsock like the built in dial-up networking or the new 32 bit Trumpet winsock, then install the 32 bit version;

If you are in any way uncertain about the proper choice, then install the 16 bit mIRC version. We will go on showing the installation of the 16 bit mIRC. The installation of the 32 bit version only differs a little in the names of the files.

Now you're ready to download the appropriate mirc 5.51 file from one of the addresses on the list of download sites and save it to your hard disk.

The 16 bit version is named: mirc551s.exe

The 32 bit version is named: mirc551t.exe

To download a file and save it to your hard disk instead of viewing it, click on the link to the file while holding the SHIFT key on your keyboard down. In several web-browsers (Netscape, Mosaic you can also right-click on the link and select 'Save this link as...' from the popup menu that will show.

When your web-browser asks where to place the file, select a directory on your hard disk where you can find it back later.

Sometimes your web-browser will confront you with a warning message like : "Unknown File-type. No external viewer configured for this file. Do you want to configure a viewer now OR save file to disk ?" In these cases select "Save file to disk".

STEP TWO : Installing mIRC

Once you have downloaded a mIRC.exe file, you are ready to install mIRC in Windows.

During the install procedure mIRC's files will be automatically extracted and all necessary steps for starting mIRC will be taken.

NOTE: If you're upgrading an older version of mIRC you will be able to keep all your old settings.

Locate the mirc 5.51 file which you just downloaded and saved to your hard disk. It is either named mirc551s.exe (16 Bit) or mirc551t.exe (32 Bit)

To start the installation process just double click on the file. The installation program will be started automatically.

Determine the place on your hard disk where you want mIRC to be installed. Normally the proposed c:\mirc will do fine. Upgraders just browse to the directory where their current mIRC version is found and select that as destination directory.

If you want the installer to keep backup copies of all eventual older files, keep the "Make backups" option selected. If you want the installer to add a mIRC program group to windows and set up the mIRC icons, keep the "Add icons" option selected.

Select 'OK' and you're done! The installer will take care of all the work. 

STEP THREE : Setting up mIRC

Now that mIRC is installed on your PC and the program group and mIRC icon are available in the program manager, this is what is required to set it up:

First make sure your winsock is active. Normally you just have to set up a connection to your provider to do so. Always first start your dialer and then mIRC.

CompuServe - To use mIRC on a CompuServe account make sure your CompuServe Dialer (or CSD for short) is installed and working properly. The CSD is a stand-alone application that provides point-to-point protocol (PPP) access to the Internet through the CompuServe network. The CSD will work in conjunction with mIRC (like any other Winsock-compliant TCP/IP application). Normally you do not need to do anything to start up the CSD. It operates dial-on-demand, which means that when mIRC starts up the CSD automatically dials up the CompuServe network (presuming you are not already connected) and begins connecting to the Internet. No additional setup is required.

Netcom - To run 3rd party software like mIRC on the Netcruiser winsock you will need to first configure NetCruiser to automatically load its winsock at startup. Log into your NetCruiser account, and make very sure no other NetCruiser clients (e-mail, WWW, etc) are running!

Then click on "Settings", choose "Startup Options" and select the option to "Autoload Netcom's winsock.dll". Click on 'OK'. You can't see or select this option with other programs running! At this point you will need to exit NetCruiser to make the changes active. Now you can log back into your account, minimize the NetCruiser window, and run mIRC from your Program Manager (Desktop). If you have NetCruiser version 2.1, you may configure the Application Launcher to run mIRC from the floating toolbar.

AOL - To access IRC through AOL first you need to have AOL's winsock.dll. Connect to AOL, go to keyword winsock, download it and follow the setup instructions. Make sure the dll autoloads with starting the AOL dialer in the future. Then log on to AOL, stay in the pay area and minimize AOL.. At this point you can start mIRC.

Internet Chameleon - Ensure that the Internet Chameleon directory is in your path. Run the Internet Chameleon dialer application (the icon is named Custom), and then select the line corresponding to your current Internet Service Provider. In the Setup menu, choose "Dial On Demand". This will make the dialer application run when mIRC tries to connect to the Internet.

mIRC Setup Screen

Double click the icon (shortcut) to start up mIRC.

mIRC will show the Setup Dialog and require you to fill in some information:

In the mIRC Setup select the IRC Servers tab and enter the following information in the fields

  • Real Name: Your real name (name)
  • E-Mail: Your email address (name@isp.com)
  • Nick Name: A one to nine character alias to use on the chat system (nick)
  • Alternate: If someone else is already using the Nick Name you you've chosen on IRC, you will be known by this alternate name instead. (nick11)
You also have to select a local or nearby IRC server. A long list of servers is available by default. Just select one.

Next, select the Local Info tab. Normally you don't have to fill in anything here. Just make sure the boxes under 'On Connect, Always get :' IP Address and Local Host are Checked (selected). For various Internet Providers and PC setup's you might need other settings here. Don't worry too much for now, if you get problems later just read the help provided on this topic in the mIRC Help file (mirc.hlp).

Now select the Identd tab and Enable the Identd Server. Your User ID should already be filled-in there. Eventually fill in your Account Name in this field. (Your account name is the part before the @ in your email address) The system should always be set to UNIX and Listening on port 113.

Once this is all set, click on the OK button to close the mIRC Setup Dialog.

mIRC is now set up and totally ready to use.


Click on the File menu and select Connect. (Or select the lightning button in the Toolbar)

After a short wait (up to 20 seconds) you will see some meaningless blurb appear in the status window.

The last line will say something like "End of MOTD command".

You are on IRC now !! Congratulations.

To join a conversation, type the /join {channel_name} command in the single line box at the bottom of the Status window. Operation Just Cause is located at /operationjustcause.

To get a listing of all available channels you might try the /list command.

When you join a channel, a new window will appear on your screen.

The names on the right side column are those people who are currently joined in the channel.

The left hand window is where everyone's conversation takes place.

To say things to the people joined to the channel, just type your comments in the single row box at the bottom of the channel's window.

To leave a channel, just double click on the close box, which is located at the top-left hand corner of the channel name's window.

There are many more commands available on IRC, and we recommend you do some further reading in one of the widely available info files found all over the Internet.

If you have difficulties connecting to an IRC server, because of errors like "No Authorization" or "Cannot Resolve IRC Server name" try using a different IRC server or read the mIRC help file for more info.

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