We have a variety of options for coming to join us to chat, but all of them involve an IRC Client of some sort. We recommend using one of the downloadable clients vs. a webclient.

TLS (SSL) Only

Cuff-Link does not allow plain-text connections. Your client must be capable of using TLS (SSL) to connect to Cuff-Link. If you wish to read more about this decision, you can do so here.

Cuff-Link Server List

Port: 6697

If you prefer a named server/have been directed to use one instead, use one of the following. [Note: We sometimes pull these from the RR when a server is having an issue/undergoing maintenance, so at rare times, you may not be able to connect using one of these]:

Authentication Bypass Connection

To use this, you must have a NickServ account registered with a valid, permanent email address [ie: no anonymisers. If you use an anonymiser, we will delete your NickServ registration. Anonymisers are services such as], and you must use SASL to connect.

Port(s): 7797

Note: May 2020 change to auth servers means only port 7797 will work.

Client Options

Desktop Clients: While there are umpteen desktop clients out there, we recommend HexChat [Windows, Linux, Mac] or AdiIRC [Windows], and both are open source, free clients. We do not support mIRC or any clients older than 2 years and do not support both SSL and SASL.
Mobile Clients: For mobile clients, we recommend IRCCloud for all devicesIf you want a regular client: AndroIRC for Android devices. At this time, there are no iOS clients in active development .
Web Clients: If you need a web client, IRCCloud is preferred. If you want a client that doesn’t require an account, use KiwiIRC.

Registered Users:
Unregistered Users:

**Note: All non-authentication bypass servers in our network support both IPv4 and IPv6.

**TLS Certificate Note: If you have a box ticked in your client that says something like “Accept Invalid Certificates” for your Cuff-Link network settings, untick it. Our certs are verified by Let’s Encrypt.

**Port Note: Some clients require that you use the old way of entering ports as +6697 or +7797. [mIRC is the only client commonly used on Cuff-Link that requires this anymore.]

Getting Help

Once connected, /join #help
Can’t get connected? File a ticket at


  • Anope2 Services for nick and channel management.
  • SASL authentication for NickServ.
  • SSLFP authentication for NickServ.
  • TLS/SSL connections.
  • vhosts [via HostServ].