to the Undernet
IRC Network

The Undernet is one of the largest realtime chat networks in the world, with approximately 40 servers connecting people world wide.

Take a look at a current list of servers or learn about the Undernet's own unique IRC server software and services to help limit netsplits and abuse. Interested in linking a server to the Undernet? Check out the Routing Committee's website.

You can maintain and protect your own channel by using Undernet's Channel Service. You can also enquire about your channel or the X bot within the #Cservice channel.

Need help?

To learn how to connect to the Undernet, take a look at our help page. For more comprehensive information, the Documents Project website provides updated FAQs about IRC and the Undernet for your review.

Undernet Charter

The purpose of this Undernet Charter (UC) document is to provide the foundation for Undernet to function. It was built based on the evolution over the first 25 years of Undernet and incorporates many of the ideas that have been established through the volunteers that built the system.

Undernet Services

It has been a great pleasure serving you all through these years. We hope to continue this relationship in the forthcoming years with great reverence and respect.

Channel Service

The Undernet Channel Service Committee (CSC) was created back in 1995 as a way to provide channel stability and help prevent takeovers. This is accomplished through the use of X, which helps maintain all registered channels on the network and give channel managers an easy means to keep up with both a channel userlist and banlist.

You can learn more about the CSC, register your channel, or download information about X at the Channel Service Committee website. Or, if you're on the Undernet, just type /join #cservice and ask one of the many helpers in the channel. The CSC provides a valuable and extremely comprehensive service to Undernet users, so be sure to take advantage of all that they have to offer the Undernet community.


The Undernet Channel Service features an online session for channel managers, channel operators, or anyone interested in learning more about X called OpSchool. This is a special moderated session that lasts approximately 45 minutes and is staffed by tutors skilled in X commands. For more infomation take a look at their website.

#Class Project

The Undernet User Committee conducts a weekly class for those new to the Undernet and IRC called, appropriately enough, #Class. This project was begun to teach new users basic IRC commands and provide a condensed introduction to the Undernet and its many available resources.
#Class is held every Friday at 19:30 Eastern (Saturday at 00:30 GMT) and every Sunday at 11:30 Eastern (Sunday at 16:30 GMT)
In the Undernet's #Class channel. The session lasts approximately one hour and is presided over by "Professor", the teaching bot, and several tutors - who provide answers to user's questions.
The session is moderated and invite-only, so be sure to arrive a few minutes early. To get more information on all that the #Class Project has to offer, or to request a log of a recent session, visit the #Class website or write class@undernet.org.

Undernet Committees

The Undernet is a collaboration of the efforts of many people. It is not just the administrators and operators who have made the Undernet what it is today. A great many people have also contribued in the various committees that are run for and by the users to bring you extra services such as the channel service, education, training and special events. This page gives a brief introduction to these committees and a link to obtain further infomation from each committee website. If you would like to contribute your skills to make the Undernet better this is the place to start finding your niche.

Coder Committee

The Coder Committee concentrates on the continued development of the IRC protocol with the goal of making the Undernet a more efficient chat network.

Undernet Channel Service

The Channel Service Committee provides an easy method for channel registration in order to maintain channel stability, prevent takeovers, and manage a banlist and userlist. The CSC also hosts special online classes for users to learn the ins and outs of channel management.

Undernet Routing Committee

The Undernet Routing Committee (R-Com) reviews current IRC servers and evaluates new applications for servers in the United States, Canada and Europe. The goal is to link only the most qualified servers in order to keep the network as efficient and lag-free as possible.

Undernet User Committee

The User Committee acts as the sounding board for thoughts and proposals from Undernet users. It is also the supervising body for both the Documents Project (formerly Doco-Com) and the Promotions Project (formerly PR-Com). If you have an idea that you think will make the Undernet a better network, this committee wants to hear from you.

You can check the full member list of Undernet Committees by clicking here


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Undernet Sponsors

We would like to thank the following organisations for helping to sponsor the Undernet and for providing the many different aspects used for the network's structure and other services.