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Programming language: C
Platform: Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, Solaris, Windows
Status: Active
Based on: EliteIRCd[1]
License: GNU General Public License
Latest release:
Homepage: http://www.unrealircd.com/

UnrealIRCd is an IRC daemon forked from EliteIRCd[1] (which is a DreamForge fork) written in C and released under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). UnrealIRCd is very popular amongst small networks and less experienced users and out of those networks indexed by SearchIRC, it ranks #1 in servers using it.


UnrealIRCd is commonly used alongside the Anope services package, although UnrealIRCd is supported of a wide range of other services, such as Atheme and IRC Services. UnrealIRCd can also be used with the extended services Denora and NeoStats which will both provide statistics for the IRC server.


Development of UnrealIRCd began around May 1999. UnrealIRCd is a fork of EliteIRCd (Which is a fork of DreamForge). From 2008 to 2012 development of UnrealIRCd had slowed down considerably and in 2009 the project saw a number of developers quitting[2][3] with plans for new major releases (drastic changes or even a total recode from scratch) often changing.[4][5] In December 2012, it was announced that development had started on a 3.4 version that is expected to be ready somewhere in 2014[6]. In the meantime, the 3.2.x stable series are still maintained.


It was discovered in June 2010 that the Unreal3.2.8 tarball on some of their mirrors had a trojan in it, that allowed any user, regardless of privileges to execute commands. It is believed the trojan was placed in the tar.gz in November 2009.[7] However the UnrealIRCd team have implemented counter measures to prevent this happening again.[8]

Latest releases

Unreal 3.2.10 was released on Christmas 2012[9], followed by version on April 5th, 2013[10] and on November 23, 2013[11]. These latest releases added support for ESVID, CAP, away-notify-, account-notify, server-side MLOCK, SSL client certificate fingerprint authentication, and more[12].

Supported Extended Services

See also