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Install Popular IRC tool psyBNC on Ubuntu 18.04

In this tutorial, we will see how to install popular IRC tool psyBNC on Ubuntu 18.04.

psyBNC is an easy-to-use, multi-user, IRC-Bouncer with many features. Some of its features include symmetric ciphering of talk and connections (Blowfish and IDEA), the possibility of linking multiple bouncers to an internal network including a shared partyline, vhost- and relay support to connected bouncers and an extensive online help system.

This ensures your nickname is always active on any servers and you can read any messages sent while you were gone. psyBNC also contains many features such as asynchronous resolving and multi-client support.

Login into your HostnExtra dedicate server or VPS using SSH with root.

1. Install Dependancies

# apt install make gcc libncurses5-dev

2. Download psyBNC

# wget --no-check-certificate

3. Extract the psyBNC archive

# tar -zxvf psyBNC-2.3.2-9.tar.gz

4. Change into the psyBNC Directory

# cd psybnc

5. Set the Configuration Options

# make menuconfig

Install Popular IRC tool psyBNC on Ubuntu 18.04

After you received GUI, you can configure there as per your requirements. You can enable and disable options by scroll down to the line using arrow keys and hit space. After you’re done with that part, you can exit the menu by hitting the left arrow key and pressing enter. Now press the down arrow key to highlight Bouncer Config, it will take you inside another menu where you need to edit everything to your liking. Be sure to add a new user, configure the port you would like the bnc to run on and any other options you might want to customize. After you’re done with everything, exit all the menus.

6. Make psyBNC

# make

After you have exited all the menus, it should have compiled everything. You can now type:

# ./psybnc

Your psyBNC bouncer is now configured and running!

To use psyBNC

Using an IRC client, execute the following command to connect to your psyBNC bouncer:


Replace SERVERIP with the IP of your ServerMania server, along with your psyBNC port and psyBNC password.

Now you can add a server like freenode and join a channel:

# /addserver :6667

That’s it. We have seen how to install popular IRC tool psyBNC on Ubuntu 18.04.

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