Welcome to OFTC!

The Open and Free Technology Community aims to provide stable and effective collaboration services to members of the community in any part of the world, while closely listening to their needs and desires.

OFTC was founded at the end of 2001 by a group of experienced members of the Open Source and Free Software communities aiming to provide these communities with better communication, development, and support infrastructure.

OFTC is a member project of Software in the Public Interest, a non-profit organization which was founded to help organizations develop and distribute open hardware and software.

You can reach the OFTC IRC network by using a traditional IRC Client of choice, or by the WebChat that we provide. The webchat enables you to connect to the network and chat directly from within your browser.

If you have support requests regarding the operation of the network please stop by #oftc or email support@oftc.net

Connection Details:

  • irc://irc.oftc.net:6667 (alternative ports: 6668-6670, 7000), IPv4 and IPv6
  • ircs://irc.oftc.net:6697 for SSL (alternative port: 9999), IPv4 and IPv6. See CertFP for how to configure certificate-based NickServ identification
  • For IPv6 connections, supply a flag in your client if your operating system’s preference isn’t IPv6
  • If you need to force IPv4, connect to irc://irc4.oftc.net:6667
  • or alternatively connect using our WebChat or use the boxes at the top of the page
  • Use of Tor is permitted

We support SSL on all of our servers. The certificates are signed, indirectly, by SPI’s certification authority. You can get the root certificate at the SPI website under http://www.spi-inc.org/ca/spi-cacert.crt, and if you care you can verify it using the pgp-signed certificate fingerprints. Alternatively, install a certificate collection (ca-certificates or similar names are common) that includes it.


February 2016

  • The OFTC website www.oftc.net finally supports SSL, a long-requested feature.

November 2015

  • OFTC congratulates our founding member and advisor cdlu on winning a seat in the Canadian Parliament!

October 2014

May 2014

April 2014

  • The OFTC IRC servers were not affected by the OpenSSL heartbleed bug.

October 2013

March 2013

  • A webchat has been lurking in the shadows for some time, and is now being announced to the world at large. Visit WebChat for more information.

November 2012

  • On November 26th, OFTC enabled automatic cloaking for those who wish to use it, please see UserCloaks for more information and caveats.
  • The 2012 staff election is now over and counted. You can review the staff changes on the Staff page.

January 2012

  • On January 18th, a bug in anti-spambot software we are using mistakenly kicked a large number of legitimate users from the network. The bug has been fixed, and we apologize for the incovenience caused.

November 2011

October 2010

May 2010

  • oftc-ircservices-1.4.0 has been released, this includes the much anticipated GroupServ module to make it easy for groups to manage multiple channel access lists with centralized group management

April 2010

  • We have two new staff members, welcome aboard mwalling and youam!

October 2009

  • The 2009 staff election is now over and counted. You can review the staff changes on the Staff page.