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First of all, check out the [[FAQ]]
 
First of all, check out the [[FAQ]]
  
Mibbit is an online chat client, primarily supporting IRC. IRC is a long established protocol for online chat and messaging, with millions of users. Mibbit supports a variety of [[Platforms]] including the main PC browsers, and the iPhone.
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Mibbit is an online chat client. Mibbit supports a variety of [[Platforms]] including the main PC browsers, the wii, Nokia N800, iPhone, and probably a lot more.
  
To get up and running with Mibbit as soon as you can, try the [[QuickStartGuide]]. If you'd like to customize the client to your own liking, you can set your own [[Preferences]].
 
  
Mibbit has several [[FeatureList|features]] found in desktop clients, as well as some unique features such as typing notify, away status, scroll back on channel join, and extended whois information.
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== Finding places to chat ==
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Finding interesting chat rooms can be a problem, so there's a quick and easy way to find them on Mibbit. On each of the networks we have access to, we index all the channels. To find new places to chat, just click on the 'Find channels' tab, and put in some keywords. For example 'music trivia'. Then you'll get back a list of results, with a count of how many users are in the channel, and a description. If you click on the channel title, you can join in with the chat straight away. Easy as that!
  
You may connect to any IRC server you wish with Mibbit, but you should be aware that all Mibbit IRC connections come from the same IP address. Most IRC servers have a limit for the number of simultaneous connections per IP. We have negotiated increases in these limits with many [[ServerList|servers]], on which you should always be able to connect without issues.
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== Make your own place to chat ==
We also support the WEBIRC protocol with some servers which allows us to forward users hostnames on directly to the IRC server. This is desirable, as then glines, cloaks, bans all work as with a standard desktop client.
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If you'd like your own chatroom, the easiest thing is to create a channel on irc.mibbit.com. Simply connect to the server, and then follow the guides [[CreateYourOwnNickName]] or [[CreateYourOwnChannel]].
  
Mibbit is still under development, so if you do experience a bug, please [[BugList|report it]].
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== Using Mibbit on your website ==
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If you have your own channel on irc.mibbit.com you can also use the new Mibbit widget to embed a chatroom on your own website, allowing your visitors to easily interact, and stay on your site longer. It adds a lot to any community to be able to chat with each other. People get to know each other, and come back to your site more often. Also see [[Widget]]
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You can also link to Mibbit, and have some information pre-filled into the connect form. You may pass server,channel, nick over in the url. These must be url encoded.
  
If there are any features you'd like to see implemented, please feel free to add them to the [[WishList]].
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Also see: How to open Mibbit in a [[popup]] or [[iframe]] through a link on your web site (or in a local .htm file).
  
The [http://mibbit.blogspot.com/ Mibbit Blog] is updated regularly whenever new features are added or bugs are resolved.
 
  
[[Widget]]
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== Customization ==
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If you'd like to customize the client to your own liking, you can set your own [[Preferences]].
  
[[IRC Server Info]]
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== IRC Specifics ==
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All of the connections to IRC servers come from the same IP address. However, Mibbit is not, and will never be an anonymizer. Mibbit has a couple of methods it uses to notify the IRC servers of the visitors real IP address, so that the user can still be identified, and banned if needed.
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Most IRC servers have a 'session limit' which may mean that you cannot connect from mibbit. If you are unable to connect somewhere, please email us, and we will request a limit increase from them.
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All of the irc servers listed in the drop down are servers we have agreements with. [[ServerList|servers]]. Also see [[IRC Server Info]]
  
[[Feedback]]
 
  
== Participation ==
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To get up and running with Mibbit as soon as you can, try the [[QuickStartGuide]].
  
Community participation is crucial to the development of Mibbit. If you're interested in helping out around Mibbit then go ahead, this WIKI strives off user-input, so if you're the creative writing or documentation writer type of person then [http://wiki.mibbit.com/index.php?title=Special:Userlogin&type=signup Register an Account] and get WIKI'ing! There are numerous other ways that you can participate in the project, some suggestions are being in the IRC help channel and providing support to users joining. Alternatively, you could submit improvements, features and future ideas for Mibbit to the [[WishList]].
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Mibbit has several [[FeatureList|features]] found in desktop clients, as well as some unique features such as typing notify, away status, scroll back on channel join, and extended whois information.
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Mibbit is still under development, so if you do experience a bug, please [[BugList|report it]].
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If there are any features you'd like to see implemented, please feel free to add them to the [[WishList]].
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[[Feedback]]
  
 
== Useful resources ==
 
== Useful resources ==
  
 
[http://www.irchelp.org IRC Help] - An excellent resource for all things IRC
 
[http://www.irchelp.org IRC Help] - An excellent resource for all things IRC
 
 
[http://www.ircnews.co.uk IRC News] - A daily updated source of IRC news
 
[http://www.ircnews.co.uk IRC News] - A daily updated source of IRC news
 
 
[http://www.searchirc.org Search IRC] - A list of IRC servers and channels
 
[http://www.searchirc.org Search IRC] - A list of IRC servers and channels
 
== Link to Mibbit ==
 
 
You can link to Mibbit, and have parameters filled in ready for the user to click connect.
 
* server=
 
* channel=
 
* nick=
 
* pass=
 
Example: https://www.mibbit.com/?server=irc.freenode.net&nick=prefix_...&channel=%23mibbit
 
 
Please note the values need to be urlencoded eg # needs to be %23
 
 
How to open Mibbit in a [[popup]] or [[iframe]] through a link on your web site (or in a local .htm file).
 
  
 
== Blog ==
 
== Blog ==
  
 
View the Mibbit Development Blog [http://mibbit.blogspot.com/ here].
 
View the Mibbit Development Blog [http://mibbit.blogspot.com/ here].
 
== Popular IRC clients ==
 
 
We thought we would give you a head start if you're new to IRC and wish to use a IRC client.
 
Below is a list of the most popular IRC clients for different platforms.
 
 
Once setup on your IRC client why not [[CreateYourOwnNickName]] or [[CreateYourOwnChannel]]?
 
 
 
=== Cross Platform Clients ===
 
#[https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/16 ChatZilla] Firefox Add-on
 
#[http://www.pidgin.im/ Pidgin] Formerly known as Gaim
 
#[http://www.xchat.org/ X-Chat] has builds on all platforms, however they are not all downloaded from the same place and is listed separately under each section.
 
 
=== Windows Freeware Clients ===
 
#[http://www.silverex.org/news/ X-Chat]X-Chat (Silverex builds are in line with official)
 
#[http://hydrairc.com/ HydraIRC] (Beta Client)
 
#[http://ayttm.sourceforge.net/ AYTTM (Are You Talking To Me)] Multi-protocol Instant Messaging Client (also available for Linux/*BSD/Windows(NT/2000/XP))
 
#[http://www.trillian.cc/ Trillian] Basic version
 
#[http://www.savirc.com/ savIRC] savIRC
 
#[http://www.vortecirc.com/ Vortec IRC] (Beta Client)
 
 
=== Windows ShareWare/PayWare Clients ===
 
#[http://www.mirc.co.uk mIRC] Nagware - never stops working
 
#[http://www.xchat.org/ XChat] Official builds
 
#[http://www.trillian.cc/ Trillian] Multi-protocol Instant Messaging Client (Pro Version is Payware)
 
 
=== Web Clients ===
 
#[http://mibbit.com/ Mibbit]
 
#[http://cgiirc.org/ CGI:IRC]
 
#[http://www.pjirc.com/main.php pjIRC]
 
#[http://www.chabotc.com/webchat/ WebChat 2.0]
 
#[http://home.gabbly.com/ Gabbly]
 
 
=== Linux-Unix Clients ===
 
#[http://irssi.org/ irssi] Command line IRC client
 
#[http://www.bitchx.org/ BitchX] Alternative command line irc client
 
#[http://www.xchat.org/ XChat]
 
#[http://ayttm.sourceforge.net/ AYTTM (Are You Talking To Me)] Multi-protocol Instant Messaging Client (also available for Linux/*BSD/Windows(NT/2000/XP))
 
 
=== Mac OSX Clients ===
 
#[http://colloquy.info/ Colloquy] Graphical IRC and [http://silcnet.org/ SILC] client
 
#[http://sourceforge.net/projects/xchataqua/ X-Chat Aqua] X-Chat build for Mac OSX with Aqua instead of X11
 
#[http://homepage.mac.com/philrobin/conversation/ Conversation]
 
 
=== Mobile Devices Clients ===
 
===== Java =====
 
#[http://wirelessirc.sourceforge.net/ WLIrc 1.x] WireLess IRC client 1.x branch
 
#[http://thesverre.servebeer.com/ WLIrc 2.x] WireLess IRC client 2.x branch ''(requires MIDP 2.0!)''
 
#[http://jmirc.sourceforge.net/ jmIrc] Rewrite of WLIrc.
 
#[http://www.vidarholen.net/contents/virca/ Virca]not under active development; last update 2004
 
 
===== Windows Mobile =====
 
#[http://www.zsirc.com zsIRC] '''Free'''-ware IRC Client. Highly recommendable! Logging, supports multi-windowtabs, wide command range, identd (limited). Automatic On-connect and On-Join commands. '''''SmartPhone + PocketPC!!'''''
 
#[http://wmirc.com/ wmIRC 2.x] Pay-ware IRC Client. Highly recommendable! Logs, supports multi-windowtabs, wide command range, colours and SSL + identd (limited). '''''SmartPhone + PocketPC!!'''''
 
#[http://kny.iki.fi/smartirc/ SmartIRC.Net] a '''(Free!)''' dotNet client for Windows Mobile. Good compatibility, stable, single window, startup commands supported. '''''SmartPhone + PocketPC!!'''''
 
#[http://pocketirc.com/ PocketIRC] A (payware) '''''PocketPC Only!!!''''' Client
 
#[http://www.sspocketchat.com/ PocketChat] A '''(Free!)''' '''''PocketPC Only!!!''''' Client
 

Revision as of 09:43, 7 March 2008

Mibbit Documentation

First of all, check out the FAQ

Mibbit is an online chat client. Mibbit supports a variety of Platforms including the main PC browsers, the wii, Nokia N800, iPhone, and probably a lot more.


Finding places to chat

Finding interesting chat rooms can be a problem, so there's a quick and easy way to find them on Mibbit. On each of the networks we have access to, we index all the channels. To find new places to chat, just click on the 'Find channels' tab, and put in some keywords. For example 'music trivia'. Then you'll get back a list of results, with a count of how many users are in the channel, and a description. If you click on the channel title, you can join in with the chat straight away. Easy as that!

Make your own place to chat

If you'd like your own chatroom, the easiest thing is to create a channel on irc.mibbit.com. Simply connect to the server, and then follow the guides CreateYourOwnNickName or CreateYourOwnChannel.

Using Mibbit on your website

If you have your own channel on irc.mibbit.com you can also use the new Mibbit widget to embed a chatroom on your own website, allowing your visitors to easily interact, and stay on your site longer. It adds a lot to any community to be able to chat with each other. People get to know each other, and come back to your site more often. Also see Widget You can also link to Mibbit, and have some information pre-filled into the connect form. You may pass server,channel, nick over in the url. These must be url encoded.

Also see: How to open Mibbit in a popup or iframe through a link on your web site (or in a local .htm file).


Customization

If you'd like to customize the client to your own liking, you can set your own Preferences.

IRC Specifics

All of the connections to IRC servers come from the same IP address. However, Mibbit is not, and will never be an anonymizer. Mibbit has a couple of methods it uses to notify the IRC servers of the visitors real IP address, so that the user can still be identified, and banned if needed. Most IRC servers have a 'session limit' which may mean that you cannot connect from mibbit. If you are unable to connect somewhere, please email us, and we will request a limit increase from them. All of the irc servers listed in the drop down are servers we have agreements with. servers. Also see IRC Server Info


To get up and running with Mibbit as soon as you can, try the QuickStartGuide.

Mibbit has several features found in desktop clients, as well as some unique features such as typing notify, away status, scroll back on channel join, and extended whois information.

Mibbit is still under development, so if you do experience a bug, please report it.

If there are any features you'd like to see implemented, please feel free to add them to the WishList.

Feedback

Useful resources

IRC Help - An excellent resource for all things IRC IRC News - A daily updated source of IRC news Search IRC - A list of IRC servers and channels

Blog

View the Mibbit Development Blog here.