We provide a web interface for chatting on our network at https://webchat.oftc.net.

webchat.oftc.net is a slightly modified version of qwebirc. It only serves static files. Your browser will use javascript and socket.io to directly connect to the API at https://webirc.oftc.net:8443.


webirc.oftc.net is a thin proxy run directly on our servers that acts as a https<->IRC gateway:

  • No unnecessary third parties between you and OFTC.
  • Your communication with OFTC is always encrypted.
    • Soon you’ll be able to identify with services by installing a client certificate in your browser (see NickServ/CertFP)
  • Speaks raw IRC to your browser (negotiated by socket.io) so you’re free to write your own client.
  • Your IP will appear on the network, and not the IP of the web server that hosts the client software.
    • Allows OFTC and channels to better manage themselves.
    • Keeps you from being stuck into strict connection limits.

Alternate Clients

Users are free to implement their own web client that connects to webirc.oftc.net with socket.io to port 8443. Alternate clients do not need to be hosted on oftc.net to allow connections, our usage of socket.io means that if the client supports websockets or jsonp they can use cross domain communication.

Note: There may come a time when OFTC needs to implement some form of “human detection”, if that time comes alternative clients will need to make sure their clients support that mechanism.

  • There are no known alternate clients at this time.