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IRC client adapter for Elixir projects

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ExIRC is a IRC client library for Elixir projects. It aims to have a clear, well documented API, with the minimal amount of code necessary to allow you to connect and communicate with IRC servers effectively. It aims to implement the full RFC2812 protocol, and relevant parts of RFC1459.

Getting Started

Add ExIRC as a dependency to your project in mix.exs, and add it as an application:

  defp deps do
    [{:exirc, "~> x.x.x"}]

defp application do [applications: [:exirc], ...] end

Then fetch it using

mix deps.get

To use ExIRC, you need to start a new client process, and add event handlers. An example event handler module is located in

. The example handler is kept up to date with all events you can expect to receive from the client. A simple module is defined below as an example of how you might use ExIRC in practice. ExampleHandler here is the one that comes bundled with ExIRC.

There is also a variety of examples in

, the most up to date of which is
defmodule ExampleSupervisor do
    defmodule State do
        defstruct host: "chat.freenode.net",
                  port: 6667,
                  pass: "",
                  nick: "bitwalker",
                  user: "bitwalker",
                  name: "Paul Schoenfelder",
                  client: nil,
                  handlers: []

def start_link(_) do
    :gen_server.start_link(__MODULE__, [%State{}])

def init(state) do
    # Start the client and handler processes, the ExIRC supervisor is automatically started when your app runs
    {:ok, client}  = ExIRC.start_link!()
    {:ok, handler} = ExampleHandler.start_link(nil)

    # Register the event handler with ExIRC
    ExIRC.Client.add_handler client, handler

    # Connect and logon to a server, join a channel and send a simple message
    ExIRC.Client.connect!   client, state.host, state.port
    ExIRC.Client.logon      client, state.pass, state.nick, state.user, state.name
    ExIRC.Client.join       client, "#elixir-lang"
    ExIRC.Client.msg        client, :privmsg, "#elixir-lang", "Hello world!"

    {:ok, %{state | :client => client, :handlers => [handler]}}

def terminate(_, state) do
    # Quit the channel and close the underlying client connection when the process is terminating
    ExIRC.Client.quit state.client, "Goodbye, cruel world."
    ExIRC.Client.stop! state.client


A more robust example usage will wait until connected before it attempts to logon and then wait until logged on until it attempts to join a channel. Please see the

directory for more in-depth examples cases.
defmodule ExampleApplication do
  use Application

See https://hexdocs.pm/elixir/Application.html

for more information on OTP Applications

@impl true def start(_type, _args) do {:ok, client} = ExIRC.start_link!

children = [
  # Define workers and child supervisors to be supervised
  {ExampleConnectionHandler, client},
  # here's where we specify the channels to join:
  {ExampleLoginHandler, [client, ["#ohaibot-testing"]]}

# See https://hexdocs.pm/elixir/Supervisor.html
# for other strategies and supported options
opts = [strategy: :one_for_one, name: ExampleApplication.Supervisor]
Supervisor.start_link(children, opts)

end end

defmodule ExampleConnectionHandler do defmodule State do defstruct host: "chat.freenode.net", port: 6667, pass: "", nick: "bitwalker", user: "bitwalker", name: "Paul Schoenfelder", client: nil end

def start_link(client, state \ %State{}) do GenServer.start_link(MODULE, [%{state | client: client}]) end

def init([state]) do ExIRC.Client.add_handler state.client, self ExIRC.Client.connect! state.client, state.host, state.port {:ok, state} end

def handle_info({:connected, server, port}, state) do debug "Connected to #{server}:#{port}" ExIRC.Client.logon state.client, state.pass, state.nick, state.user, state.name {:noreply, state} end

Catch-all for messages you don't care about

def handle_info(msg, state) do debug "Received unknown messsage:" IO.inspect msg {:noreply, state} end

defp debug(msg) do IO.puts IO.ANSI.yellow() <> msg <> IO.ANSI.reset() end end

defmodule ExampleLoginHandler do @moduledoc """ This is an example event handler that listens for login events and then joins the appropriate channels. We actually need this because we can't join channels until we've waited for login to complete. We could just attempt to sleep until login is complete, but that's just hacky. This as an event handler is a far more elegant solution. """ def start_link(client, channels) do GenServer.start_link(MODULE, [client, channels]) end

def init([client, channels]) do ExIRC.Client.add_handler client, self {:ok, {client, channels}} end

def handle_info(:logged_in, state = {client, channels}) do debug "Logged in to server" channels |> Enum.map(&ExIRC.Client.join client, &1) {:noreply, state} end

Catch-all for messages you don't care about

def handle_info(_msg, state) do {:noreply, state} end

defp debug(msg) do IO.puts IO.ANSI.yellow() <> msg <> IO.ANSI.reset() end end

Projects using ExIRC (in the wild!)

Below is a list of projects that we know of (if we've missed anything, send a PR!) that use ExIRC in the wild.

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