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Bidirectional IRC bridge for Factorio

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FactoIRC is a bidirectional IRC bridge between Factorio and IRC. It comes as a plugin for the irc3 python module.

It can join one or more channels and forward messages back and forth between IRC and Factorio.

Some IRC commands are also provided :

  • !rcon: Execute an RCON command and return the result.
  • !players: Get the list of the currently online players.

FactoIRC uses the RCON protocol introduced in Factorio 0.13 to forward messages from IRC to Factorio. As a result, FactoIRC will not work with Factorio 0.12 and earlier versions.

Forwarding Factorio chat messages to IRC requires access to the Factorio server output which can be achieved using several methods depending on your setup.


On Windows, forwarding in the IRC -> Factorio direction is only supported starting from Factorio 0.15 and using the console log (–console-log) :

Join/leave messages should work with Factorio 0.13 but are broken in 0.14 ( Factorio 0.15 brings them back.


You’ll need to have Python 3.5 (or later) which can be obtained through your distribution’s package manager or downloaded from (for Windows users).

On Windows, make sure to check the “Add Python 3.x to PATH” checkbox when installing.

Once Python is installed, FactoIRC can be installed using

$ pip3 install factoirc


Configuration is done using the config.ini file. A config.example.ini file is provided as an example and contains extensive documentation.

Depending on your setup, you will have to use one of the file, stdin or systemd methods.

Method 2: systemd journal

This method applies only if your Factorio server runs under systemd (only for Linux machines) and its output is stored in the journal.

In this case, FactoIRC can directly read the log from the journal.

You’ll need the following options in your configuration file:

method = systemd
unit = factorio.service

For this method to work, the python-systemd module is required and can be installed via pip:

$ pip3 install python-systemd

Method 3: stdin

This method reads the Factorio chat log from the standard input stream, it also supports reading from a file via shell redirection.

method = stdin

You will need to connect the Factorio chat log output to the FactoIRC bot:

$ factorio --rcon-port=27015 --rcon-password=password | irc3 config.ini

Forwarding customization

You can customize the forwarding of messages for the different game and irc actions, see config.example.ini for more information.


To run FactoIRC, you just need to use the irc3 command with a FactoIRC-enabled config file (see config.example.ini)

$ irc3 config.ini

irc3 can be started with the -v flag to show more log messages (including those generated by FactoIRC).

IRC raw traffic can be shown with -r.

Try irc3 -h for the full list of options.

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