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IRC is Internet Relay Chat.

MinecraftOnline has an IRC channel for realtime public discussion:

  • Channel: #minecraftonline
  • Network:



The control panel IRC client
Staff chat in IRC
A message from a IRC bot viewed from ingame
  • Channel news in the topic, with useful links
  • Moderators and admins are channel ops.
  • Staff messages are broadcast as op messages to staff, and can be replied to via irc.
  • A selection of bots available for convenient assistance (see below).


There is a selection of bots running in #minecraftonline at any time. They may be given mode +v (voice) to separate them on the users list.


McObot is an IRC bot designed specifically to relay messages between the game server and the MinecraftOnline IRC channel. It was written by Flippeh and SlowRiot in Python.

  • It relays all in-game chat to the IRC channel, and vice versa.
  • It relays in-game events such as joins and quits to the IRC channel.
  • It relays player deaths ingame with custom death messages relating to what caused the death.
  • It provides notifications of other interesting events:
    • Automated backups
    • Banhammer use, and ban count
    • Donation events
    • Firewall mitigations of attacks
    • Live code updates and changes, with changelog information
    • Shortens URLs pasted in IRC for easier in-game access
    • Detects foreign speech, identifies the language and translates it
    • Code and issue tracker updates.
  • It provides additional control and information commands:
    • !commands - shows a list of the bot's available commands
    • !list - displays a list of the players in game.
    • !tslist - displays a list of the players in TeamSpeak
    • !uptime - queries how long the minecraft server has been running for.
    • !radio - gets "now playing" information from MinecraftOnline Radio.
    • !stop justification (chanop only) - forces the server to attempt to shut down cleanly and restart - should be used in emergencies only and with very good justification.
    • !pipe on|off (chanop only) - activates or deactivates transmission between the game and IRC. Using just !pipe will show if the pipe is on or off.
    • !why player - checks ban logs for a given player's ban reason.
    • !map x [y] z [dim] - Produces a quick map link for a set of coordinates. Specifying y and dim are optional.
      • !map warp - Produces a map link for the given warp.
    • !whereis player - (chanop only) - reports the coordinates for a given player.
    • !locate player - (chanop only) - shows the map link for the location of player.
    • !whydidyoucrash (chanop only) - uploads a pastebin of the server's last crash report.
    • !healthyself (chanop only) - tells the bot "physician, heal itself" (which causes it to restart).
    • !stalk IP|username (chanop only) - get whois and abuse report info for the network of a given IP address or a username.
    • !drop IP (chanop only) - add a firewall rule to disregard all communication from a given IP.
    • !version - report the currently running server software version and the current vanilla version.
    • !servertime - report what the current time is in the server's timezone.
    • !bitcoin - report the current Bitcoin prices in GBP.
    • !shorten URL - produce a shortened version of a given URL.
    • !ping - basic confirmation message to check the bot can hear you and respond.
    • !translate language message - translate message into language.
      • !toggle_translation language (chanop only) - Toggles the translation of a language into English in chat.
    • !pirate YouTube link - turns the video on the link into an MP3 file.
    • !vote - shows list voting websites.
    • !areainfo x [y] z [x2 y2 z2] (chanop only) - shows protected [LionsArea|areas] at given coordinates or within the given range of coordinates, with y coordinate being optional if only specifying one location.
  • Staff channel in-game messages displayed to all channel ops on #minecraftonline.
  • Ability to message to the staff channel in-game with /msg @#minecraftonline (or your client's equivalent message command).
  • Messages prefixed with # in IRC will not be sent in-game, allowing "private IRC chat" without turning off the pipe.
    • Messages prefixed with \# in IRC will be sent in-game, but just starting with #, without the \.


  • For a long time, changing the topic in the channel would cause the bot to spontaneously die (although this is no longer the case).
  • McObot used to provide the !item command, when player inventory loss was frequent due to client-side inventories and frequent client crashes, although this functionality has since been removed.
  • The McO in McObot stands for MinecraftOnline; however, the Mc also serves to make him sound more Scottish.


(Currently Offline) YourFaceBot is an IRC bot observer responsible for drawing the automated comics.

  • No longer in use.

Acsidol Bot

(Currently Offline) Acsidol Bot written by Acsidol

  • A grief reporting command that feeds infomation to a file the admins can review
    • !greport <coordinates> <block type if known> <explanation>
    • e.g. !greport -152 84 357 somebody broke shypixels staircase plank
  • No longer in use, since initiation of the in-game /greport system.


(Currently Offline) greportBot written by Drathus42 and then later by techkid6

  • A replacement grief reporting bot to replace the missing Acsidol Bot.
    • Uses the same syntax to report grief: !greport X Y Z Block [Comment] (With the comment being optional)
    • Input is checked to make sure it conforms to the minimum standards, though the block type is not checked to make sure greports aren't frustrating to enter.
  • No longer in use, since initiation of the in-game /greport system.

l4mRbot 14mRh4X0r's fork of lahwran's crow

  • Announces information about YouTube URLs pasted in IRC.
  • Has query commands for various apis:
    • .g query - searches google for query.
    • .q player - shows a random quote for player, if #minecraftonline is used instead it will show a random quote.
    • .q add player quote - adds quote to player's quotes.
    • .wiki query - searches wikipedia for query.
    • !wiki query - searches the MinecraftOnline wiki for query.
    • .u query - searches urbandictionary ( for query.
    • .wa query - executes query through Wolfram Alpha (
    • .tr source lang target lang text to translate, e.g. .tr en nl How do I speak Dutch?
    • !firstseen player - shows the first time player connected to the server.
    • !lastseen player - shows the last time player connected to the server.
    • !timeplayed player - shows the amount of time player has been on the server.
  • Similar to segfault, commands prefixed with # will prefix the output of the command with # so it doesn't get sent to players ingame.
  • For a full list of commands, type .help.
  • And many player created commands not listed in .help.


A supybot managed by 14mRh4X0r

  • Shows updates to this wiki
  • Can query recent changes:
    • ,wiki 2 - retrieves the last 2 wiki changes
  • Replaces text in a message using regex.
    • s/text/replacement/ - replaces text with replacement.
      • other characters also work instead of /, such as s.text.replacement..


(Currently Offline) Managed by aprx

  • A PircBotX based Java chat bot
  • Responds to use of its name in chat, learns from what people say. Generally sounds like your average 12 year old griefer.


Managed by Flippeh

  • Replaces some of l4mRbot and CanaryBot's commands when they are not online.
  • When l4mRbot is online, segfault's commands can be used by adding a ! on the end of the command name:
    • !firstseen! player - shows the first time player connected to the server.
    • !lastseen! player - shows the last time player connected to the server.
    • !timeplayed! player - shows the amount of time player has been on the server.
    • !history player - shows the username change history of player, timeplayed for each name, total timeplayed and if any of the previous usernames have been banned.
    • !correctname start of username - shows the full username that matches part of the username given.
    • Regex replacement similar to CanaryBot's with s/text/replacement/.
    • tr/characters/replacements/ - replaces characters with replacements. Example: "tr/ae/io/" would replace all "a" with "i" and all "e" with "o".
  • Commands prefixed with # will prefix the output of the command with # so it doesn't get sent to players ingame.
  • Many other useful commands.


(Currently Offline) Managed by techkid6

  • Formerly MCOGuide, Victoria answered simple questions asked ingame and in IRC
  • Though intended to be Female, people continually try to change her gender to an it
  • She was retired but will soon come back, supposedly as a Queen


(Currently Offline) Managed by Anna_28

  • Also called Annabutt.
  • Responds to segfault's rek command.
  • Says "Beep!" when people say "Boop" and other similar statements.
  • Says "Nom Zom" when Zomon333 joins IRC or ingame.
  • Uses CanaryBot's s/ to replace smelly messages from Enjoku:
<@Enjoku> Anna smells
<+Annabott> s/smells/smells nice/
<+CanaryBot> <Enjoku> Anna smells nice


Managed by SlowRiot

  • Relays messages between the the IRC channel and the Telegram group.
A typical day in the life of an IRC regular

How to connect

To connect to IRC you need an IRC client; many are available for free download, and some even run within your browser.

For protection of your nickname, register and identify with NickServ


None. There are no rules on IRC. However, free speech does NOT apply, as it does in-game. Therefore you may be kicked or banned from IRC at a moderator's discretion. Usual reasons for bans are spam, excessive whining, trolling and general abusive behaviour. However, most moderators and admins are quite tolerant, and IRC bans are rare.


The network was chosen for purely pragmatic purposes - because this is where Notch's official #minecraft channel also resides, making it easier for existing minecraft IRC users to connect. Unfortunately, like most of Notch's decisions, this one showed remarkably little forward planning. Esper is notorious for its frequent netsplits and server failures. However, also like most of Notch's decisions, it's now too late to reverse, so we have to make the best of it.

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