Since 10 Aug 2021, the network formerly known as Freenode has
implemented radical changes that have led to me dissociating with the network. I still have an account but
there's no longer any interest for me to continue to monitor changes as they are announced ad-hoc in the
This FAQ remains online for historical reasons.
On 15 Jun 2021, Freenode switched IRC server software (
ircd) and services
software (NickServ, ChanServ etc). The information in the previous
versions was not migrated.
You will have to re-register your nickname.
/msg NickServ HELP for more.
The previous version of
ircd was ircd-seven. The current one is a forked version of InspIRCd.
The previous versions of services was Atheme. The current one is Anope.
Since 29 Jul 2021 it is mandatory to connect via SSL and to authenticate with SASL on Freenode. This requires a registered account.
See the previous question.
To get help with regaining ops in a channel, please join
Not all modes are listed on the web pages, these commands will show them in your client
/quote helpop umodes
/quote helpop chmodes
Set user mode
+I to hide your list of joined channels from non-staff. This is not enabled by default.
All nicks’ originating IP addresses are automatically cloaked.
When you join freenode, you are given a generic hostmask
that looks similar to
freenode-qv9.ri1.7p3p9r.IP. If you connect
you will receive a vhost in the format of
freenode/user/accountname. You can also activate this vhost by issuing the command
/msg hostserv ON (assuming your nick is registered).
Update 24 Jun 2021, logs from
14:04:29Z < gustaf> as to why? who knows 14:04:42Z <@sorcerer> Because services and ircds were outdated 14:05:10Z < gustaf> sorcerer: ok, I will add that to my faq 14:05:25Z <@sorcerer> and alot of projects left, so why leave a bunch of nicknames and channels registered that arent going to be used anymore 14:06:16Z <@sorcerer> If people are gonna move, then their nicknames and channels shouldnt be sitting in the database. So we gave freenode a fresh start. 14:06:44Z <@sorcerer> Other people should get the oppertunity to have nicknames and channels /whois sorcerer -- [sorcerer] (unknown@freenode/staff/sorcerer): unknown
Freenode’s mission is no longer to be a host for free and open source projects’ IRC presence. Freenode is now a general purpose IRC network. Many FLOSS projects have decamped to other networks.
Most projects should have information on their respective websites on where their official IRC networks are located.
As of 2 Jul 2021, the following channels from the top 20 list (and selected others) have official statements concerning their IRC channels.
#archlinux- Arch IRC channels
#bitcoin- IRC channels
#quassel- Moving our home
#git- git-scm.org Community
#raspberrypi- #raspberrypi on Freenode
#photogeeks- The Official #photogeeks FAQ
Here is a more complete list.
There is no longer a policy where single-hash channels are officially owned by projects, and double-hash channels are unofficial. Anyone can create a channel with a single-hash now.
I would strongly advise against this. Conveying such information through topics, notices or other means is seen as spam by network operators and can lead to banning from the network.
#Help. The people there are friendly and will do their
best to help you.
For channel help, join
No it is not. I am not affiliated with Freenode. This FAQ is not affiliated with Freenode.
I wrote this FAQ to help users navigate the "new" Freenode.
© Gustaf Erikson 2021. All rights reserved.
This page was created on 2021-09-24 10:17:23+0200.