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A modern Python IRC library for Python 3.4, based on asyncio. In Development.

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A modern Python IRC library for Python 3.4, based on asyncio. Currently in alpha.

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If you use this, anything can change without notice, everything can be overhauled, and development may even stop entirely without any warning.

If you would like to help build this, awesome! Otherwise, I’d stay away for now and use another library: irc, irc3.

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This library is in development, so these features may be in various levels of completion right now.

  • Incoming and outgoing events.
  • Info and state tracking.
  • Server-based IRC mapping for dicts, lists, and strings.
  • IRCv3 capability support.
  • Escaping and unescaping IRC formatting for ease-of-use (bold, colours, etc).


I’ve been using another IRC library for a long time. It’s been pretty good, but I need more features. Handling both incoming and outgoing messages, automatic information tracking, converting IRC formatting (bold/colours/etc) to and from an escaped, human-readable and writable format.

I’ve looked at some other libraries, but they’re usually either too low-level, too involved, or too ‘magic’ for my liking. That said, this one is planning to be pretty magic, but it’s going to be magic in a way I think makes sense.

So I decided to write my own. As part of mammon-ircd, a nice low-level library called ircreactor was developed. This is also a chance to give that a spin from the client side, rather than the server side.

Running Tests

To run the test cases, go to the tests directory and run: python3 -m unittest, or use the ./runtests shell script (which also produces coverage graphs).


We bundle the ircreactor library developed as a part of mammon-ircd. This license for this library can be found in the LICENSE.ircreactor file.

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