Author image Robin Redeker
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Net::IRC3 - An event system independend IRC protocol module


Version 0.6


Using the simplistic Net::IRC3::Connection:

   use AnyEvent;
   use Net::IRC3::Connection;

   my $c = AnyEvent->condvar;

   my $con = new Net::IRC3::Connection;

   $con->connect ("localhost", 6667);

   $con->reg_cb (irc_001 => sub { print "$_[1]->{prefix} says i'm in the IRC: $_[1]->{trailing}!\n"; $c->broadcast; 0 });
   $con->send_msg (undef, NICK => undef, "testbot");
   $con->send_msg (undef, USER => 'testbot', "testbot", '*', '0');


Using the more sophisticatd Net::IRC3::Client::Connection:

   use AnyEvent;
   use Net::IRC3::Client::Connection;

   my $c = AnyEvent->condvar;

   my $timer;
   my $con = new Net::IRC3::Client::Connection;

   $con->reg_cb (registered => sub { print "I'm in!\n"; 0 });
   $con->reg_cb (disconnect => sub { print "I'm out!\n"; 0 });
   $con->reg_cb (
      sent => sub {
         if ($_[2] eq 'PRIVMSG') {
            print "Sent message!\n";
            $timer = AnyEvent->timer (after => 1, cb => sub { $c->broadcast });

   $con->send_srv (PRIVMSG => "Hello there i'm the cool Net::IRC3 test script!", 'elmex');

   $con->connect ("localhost", 6667);
   $con->register (qw/testbot testbot testbot/);

   undef $timer;



NOTE: This module is DEPRECATED, please use AnyEvent::IRC for new programs, and possibly port existing Net::IRC3 applications to AnyEvent::IRC. Though the API of AnyEvent::IRC has incompatible changes, it's still fairly similar.

The Net::IRC3 module consists of Net::IRC3::Connection, Net::IRC3::Client::Connection and Net::IRC3::Util. Net::IRC3 only contains this documentation. It manages connections and parses and constructs IRC messages.

Net::IRC3 can be viewed as toolbox for handling IRC connections and communications. It won't do everything for you, and you still need to know a few details of the IRC protocol.

Net::IRC3::Client::Connection is a more highlevel IRC connection that already processes some messages for you and will generated some events that are maybe useful to you. It will also do PING replies for you and manage channels a bit.

Net::IRC3::Connection is a lowlevel connection that only connects to the server and will let you send and receive IRC messages. Net::IRC3::Connection does not imply any client behaviour, you could also use it to implement an IRC server.

Note that the *::Connection module uses AnyEvent as it's IO event subsystem. You can integrate them into any application with a event system that AnyEvent has support for (eg. Gtk2 or Event).


See the samples/ directory for some examples on how to use Net::IRC3.


Robin Redeker, <>






RFC 2812 - Internet Relay Chat: Client Protocol


Please report any bugs or feature requests to bug-net-irc3 at, or through the web interface at I will be notified, and then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.


You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc Net::IRC3

You can also look for information at:


Thanks to Marc Lehmann for the new AnyEvent module!


Copyright 2006 Robin Redeker, all rights reserved.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.