IRC (Internet Relay Chat) server and web client installed

IRC (Internet Relay Chat) server and web client installed
Photo by Mika Baumeister / Unsplash

Part of the Synchronet telnet BBS I have setup (web access at includes an IRC Server.  I wasn't ever particularly big into IRC (except for a little while on the VAX mainframe in college in about 1995).  After that, I would use it occasionally particularly when people who wrote/used/supported some piece of software were available in IRC – in the late 90s and early 2000s when IRC was in it's heyday that was a really popular thing to do.  Honestly, it's doubtful I've used it in the last decade at all.

Given that, I wasn't in any big hurry to light up the IRC Daemon on my Synchronet BBS- but I finally got around to setting it up at and linked it into the Synchronet IRC network that lives at .  It's pretty cool, most all the devs and many sysops hang out in #Synchronet channel.

The BBS itself has a really good built in IRC client that works really well and is much like the text based VAX client I used in the old days.  However, I also wanted a dedicated web based client that I could connect to and just let it hang out.

What I settled on was installing The Lounge on my webserver.  What's great about how it works is it's not only a web IRC client but it also acts a "Bouncer" - the software maintains a persistent connection to my IRC server and logs the chat of the channels that I'm joined to even when I'm away.  I log into the web client at from any computer or mobile device, and it picks it up like I've never left.

Part of the Channel list on my IRC server in The Lounge web client

Just like my Ghost CMS , it runs on Node.js so all I needed to do was install the NPM package in the Windows command line, edit the config file and set it up behind the reverse proxy.  

I think it's a pretty cool modern way to do IRC, for what it's worth from someone who was never really "into" IRC.