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NickServ Help

NickServ allows you to "register" a nickname and prevent others from using them. If the nick is not used for 30 days, the registration will expire. The following commands allow for registration and maintenance of nicknames; to use them, type /msg NickServ <command>.

For more information on a specific command, type /msg NickServ help <command>.

REGISTER Register a nickname

IDENTIFY Identify yourself with your password

ACCESS Modify the list of authorized addresses

SET Set options, including kill protection

DROP Cancel the registration of a nickname

RECOVER Kill another user who has taken your nick

RELEASE Regain custody of your nick after RECOVER

Other commands: GHOST, INFO, LIST, STATUS

NOTICE: This service is intended to provide a way for IRC users to ensure their identity is not compromised.It is NOT intended to facilitate "stealing" of nicknames or other malicious actions. Abuse of NickServ will result in, at minimum, loss of the abused nickname(s).

Syntax: ACCESS

ADD mask ACCESS DEL mask ACCESS LIST Modifies or displays the access list for your nick.

This is the list of addresses which will be automatically recognized by NickServ as allowed to use the nick. If you want to use the nick from a different address, you need to send an IDENTIFY command to make NickServ recognize you.

Examples: ACCESS ADD achurch@* Allows access to user achurch from any machine in the domain.

ACCESS DEL achurch@* Reverses the previous command.

ACCESS LIST Displays the current access list.

Syntax: DROP

Drops your nickname from the NickServ database. A nick that has been dropped is free for anyone to re-register. In order to use this command, you must first identify with your password (/msg NickServ HELP IDENTIFY for more information).

Syntax: GHOST nickname

Terminates a "ghost" IRC session using your nick. A "ghost" session is one which is not actually connected, but which the IRC server believes is still online for one reason or another. Typically, this happens if your computer crashes or your Internet or modem connection goes down while you're on IRC.In order to use the GHOST command for a nick, your current address as shown in /WHOIS must be on that nick's access list, or you must supply the correct password for the nickname.

Syntax: IDENTIFY password

Tells NickServ that you are really the owner of this nick. Many commands require you to authenticate yourself with this command before you use them. The password should be the same one you sent with the REGISTER command.

Syntax: INFO nickname

Displays information about the given nickname, such as the nick's owner, last seen address and time, and nick options.

Syntax: LIST pattern

Lists all registered nicknames which match the given pattern, in nick!user@host format. Nicks with the PRIVATE option set will not be displayed.

Examples: LIST *! Lists all nicks owned by

LIST *Bot*!* Lists all registered nicks with Bot in their names (case insensitive).

LIST *!*@* Lists all nicks owned by users in the domain.

Syntax: RECOVER nickname [password]

Allows you to recover your nickname if someone else has taken it; this does the same thing that NickServ does automatically if someone steals a kill-protected nick. When you give this command, NickServ will bring a fake user online with the same nickname as the user you're trying to recover your nick from. This causes the IRC servers to disconnect the other user. NickServ's fake user will remain online for one minute to ensure that the other user does not immediately reconnect; after that minute, you can reclaim your nick. Alternatively, use the RELEASE command (/msg NickServ HELP RELEASE) to get the nick back sooner. In order to use the RECOVER command for a nick, your current address as shown in /WHOIS must be on that nick's access list, or you must supply the correct password for the nickname.

Syntax: REGISTER password

Registers your nickname in the NickServ database. Once your nick is registered, you can use the SET and ACCESS commands to configure your nick's settings as you like them. Make sure you remember the password you use when registering - you'll need it to make changes to your nick later. (Note that case matters! FIDO, Fido, and fido are all different passwords!)

Guidelines on choosing passwords:Passwords should not be easily guessable. For example,using your real name as a password is a bad idea. Using your nickname as a password is a much worse idea ;) and, in fact, NickServ will not allow it. Also, short passwords are vulnerable to trial-and-error searches, so you should choose a password at least 5 characters long. Finally, the space character cannot be used in passwords.

Syntax: RELEASE nickname

Instructs NickServ to remove any hold on your nickname caused by automatic kill protection or use of the RECOVER command. By default, such holds last for one minute; this command gets rid of them sooner.In order to use the RELEASE command for a nick, your current address as shown in /WHOIS must be on that nick's access list, or you must supply the correct password for the nickname.

Syntax: STATUS nickname

...Returns whether the user using the given nickname is recognized as the owner of the nickname. The response has this format: where nickname is the nickname sent with the command, and status-code is one of the following:

0 - no such user online or nickname not registered

1 - user not recognized as nickname's owner

2 - user recognized as owner via access list only

3 - user recognized as owner via password identification Up to sixteen nicknames may be sent with each command; the rest will be ignored. No error message is generated if no nickname is given.

Syntax: SET [option] [parameters]

Sets various nickname options. [option] can be one of:

KILL Turn kill protection on or off

SECURE Turn nickname security on or off

PRIVATE Prevent your nickname from appearing in a

PASSWORD Set your nickname password

URL Associate a URL with your nickname

EMAIL Associate an E-mail address with your nickname

In order to use this command, you must first identify with your password (/msg NickServ HELP IDENTIFY for more information).Type /msg NickServ HELP SET option for more information on a specific option.

Syntax: SET [channel] EMAIL address

Associates the given E-mail address with the channel. This address will be displayed whenever someone requests information on the channel with the INFO command.


Turns the automatic kill protection option for your nick on or off. With kill protection on, if another user tries to take your nick, they will be given one minute to change to another nick, after which they will be forcibly removed from IRC by NickServ.

Syntax: SET PASSWORD [new-password]

Changes the password used to identify you as the nick's owner.


Turns NickServ's PRIVATE option on or off for your nick. With PRIVATE set, your nickname will not appear in nickname lists generated with NickServ's LIST command.(However, anyone who knows your nickname can still get information on it using the INFO command.)


Turns NickServ's security features on or off for your nick. With SECURE set, you must enter your password before you will be recognized as the owner of the nick, regardless of whether your address is on the access list. However, if you are on the access list, NickServ will not auto-kill you regardless of the setting of the KILL option.

Syntax: SET URL [url]

Associates the given URL with your nickname. This URL will be displayed whenever someone requests information on your nick with the INFO command.

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