IRC FAQ: Nickserv Help - English

/msg nickserv access

Syntax: /msg NickServ ACCESS ADD mask Syntax: ACCESS ADD mask ACCESS DEL mask ACCESS LIST Modifies or displays the access list for your nick. This is the list of addresses which will be automatically recognized by NickServ as allowed to use the nick. If you want to use the nick from a different address, you need to send an IDENTIFY command to make NickServ recognize you. Examples: ACCESS ADD anyone@*.bepeg.com Allows access to user anyone from any machine in the bepeg.com domain. ACCESS DEL anyone@*.bepeg.com Reverses the previous command. ACCESS LIST Displays the current access list.

/msg nickserv alist

Syntax: /msg NickServ ALIST [level] Syntax: ALIST [level] Lists all channels you have access on. Optionally, you can specify a level in XOP or ACCESS format. The resulting list will only include channels where you have the given level of access. Examples: ALIST Founder Lists all channels where you have Founder access. ALIST AOP Lists all channels where you have AOP access or greater. ALIST 10 Lists all channels where you have level 10 access or greater. Channels that have the NOEXPIRE option set will be prefixed by an exclamation mark.

/msg nickserv drop

Syntax: /msg NickServ DROP [nickname] Syntax: DROP [nickname] Drops your nickname from the NickServ database. A nick that has been dropped is free for anyone to re-register. You may drop a nick within your group by passing it as the nick parameter. In order to use this command, you must first identify with your password (/msg NickServ HELP IDENTIFY for more information).

/msg nickserv expires

Nicknames that are not used anymore are subject to the automatic expiration, i.e. they will be deleted after %d days if not used.

/msg nickserv ghost

Syntax: /msg NickServ GHOST nickname [password] Syntax: GHOST nickname [password] Terminates a "ghost" IRC session using your nick. A "ghost" session is one which is not actually connected, but which the IRC server believes is still online for one reason or another. Typically, this happens if your computer crashes or your Internet or modem connection goes down while you're on IRC. In order to use the GHOST command for a nick, your current address as shown in /WHOIS must be on that nick's access list, you must be identified and in the group of that nick, or you must supply the correct password for the nickname.

/msg nickserv glist

Syntax: /msg NickServ GLIST Syntax: GLIST Lists all nicks in your group.

/msg nickserv group

Syntax: /msg NickServ GROUP target password Syntax: GROUP target password This command makes your nickname join the target nickname's group. password is the password of the target nickname. Joining a group will allow you to share your configuration, memos, and channel privileges with all the nicknames in the group, and much more! A group exists as long as it is useful. This means that even if a nick of the group is dropped, you won't lose the shared things described above, as long as there is at least one nick remaining in the group. You can use this command even if you have not registered your nick yet. If your nick is already registered, you'll need to identify yourself before using this command. Type /msg NickServ HELP IDENTIFY for more information. This last may be not possible on your IRC network. It is recommended to use this command with a non-registered nick because it will be registered automatically when using this command. You may use it with a registered nick (to change your group) only if your network administrators allowed it. You can only be in one group at a time. Group merging is not possible. Note: all the nicknames of a group have the same password.

/msg nickserv help

NickServ allows you to "register" a nickname and prevent others from using it. The following commands allow for registration and maintenance of nicknames; to use them, type /msg NickServ command. For more information on a specific command, type /msg NickServ HELP command.

/msg nickserv identify

Syntax: /msg NickServ IDENTIFY password Syntax: IDENTIFY password Tells NickServ that you are really the owner of this nick. Many commands require you to authenticate yourself with this command before you use them. The password should be the same one you sent with the REGISTER command.

/msg nickserv info

Syntax: /msg NickServ INFO nickname [ALL] Syntax: INFO nickname [ALL] Displays information about the given nickname, such as the nick's owner, last seen address and time, and nick options. If you are identified for the nick you're getting information for and ALL is specified, you will be shown all the information; regardless of whether it's hidden or not.

/msg nickserv list

Syntax: /msg NickServ LIST pattern Syntax: LIST pattern Lists all registered nicknames which match the given pattern, in nick!user@host format. Nicks with the PRIVATE option set will not be displayed. Note that a pattern preceding with a '#' specifies a range. Examples: LIST *!joeuser@foo.com Lists all nicks owned by joeuser@foo.com. LIST *Bot*!*@* Lists all registered nicks with Bot in their names (case insensitive). LIST *!*@*.bar.org Lists all nicks owned by users in the bar.org domain. LIST #50-100 Lists nicks numbers 50-100

/msg nickserv logout

Syntax: /msg NickServ LOGOUT Syntax: LOGOUT This reverses the effect of the IDENTIFY command, i.e. make you not recognized as the real owner of the nick anymore. Note, however, that you won't be asked to reidentify yourself.

/msg nickserv recover

Syntax: /msg NickServ RECOVER nickname [password] Syntax: RECOVER nickname [password] Allows you to recover your nickname if someone else has taken it; this does the same thing that NickServ does automatically if someone tries to use a kill-protected nick. When you give this command, NickServ will bring a fake user online with the same nickname as the user you're trying to recover your nick from. This causes the IRC servers to disconnect the other user. This fake user will remain online for NickServ to ensure that the other user does not immediately reconnect; after that time, you can reclaim your nick. Alternatively, use the RELEASE command (/msg NickServ HELP RELEASE) to get the nick back sooner. In order to use the RECOVER command for a nick, your current address as shown in /WHOIS must be on that nick's access list, you must be identified and in the group of that nick, or you must supply the correct password for the nickname.

/msg nickserv register

Syntax: /msg NickServ REGISTER password [email] Syntax: REGISTER password [email] Registers your nickname in the NickServ database. Once your nick is registered, you can use the SET and ACCESS commands to configure your nick's settings as you like them. Make sure you remember the password you use when registering - you'll need it to make changes to your nick later. (Note that case matters! ANOPE, Anope, and anope are all different passwords!) Guidelines on choosing passwords: Passwords should not be easily guessable. For example, using your real name as a password is a bad idea. Using your nickname as a password is a much worse idea ;) and, in fact, NickServ will not allow it. Also, short passwords are vulnerable to trial-and-error searches, so you should choose a password at least 5 characters long. Finally, the space character cannot be used in passwords. The parameter email is optional and will set the email for your nick immediately. However, it may be required on certain networks. Your privacy is respected; this e-mail won't be given to any third-party person. This command also creates a new group for your nickname, that will allow you to register other nicks later sharing the same configuration, the same set of memos and the same channel privileges. For more information on this feature, type /msg NickServ HELP GROUP.

/msg nickserv release

Syntax: /msg NickServ RELEASE nickname [password] Syntax: RELEASE nickname [password] Instructs NickServ to remove any hold on your nickname caused by automatic kill protection or use of the RECOVER command. This holds lasts for NickServ; this command gets rid of them sooner. In order to use the RELEASE command for a nick, your current address as shown in /WHOIS must be on that nick's access list, you must be identified and in the group of that nick, or you must supply the correct password for the nickname.

/msg nickserv saset

Syntax: /msg NickServ SASET nickname option parameters. Syntax: SASET nickname option parameters. Sets various nickname options. option can be one of: DISPLAY Set the display of the group in Services PASSWORD Set the nickname password URL Associate a URL with the nickname EMAIL Associate an E-mail address with the nickname ICQ Associate an ICQ number with the nickname GREET Associate a greet message with the nickname KILL Turn protection on or off SECURE Turn nickname security on or off PRIVATE Prevent the nickname from appearing in a /msg NickServ LIST HIDE Hide certain pieces of nickname information MSG Change the communication method of Services NOEXPIRE Prevent the nickname from expiring AUTOOP Turn autoop on or off LANGUAGE Set the language Services will use when sending messages to nickname Type /msg NickServ HELP SASET option for more information on a specific option. The options will be set on the given nickname.

/msg nickserv saset autoop

Syntax: /msg NickServ SASET nickname AUTOOP {ON | OFF} Syntax: SASET nickname AUTOOP {ON | OFF} Sets whether the given nickname will be opped automatically. Set to ON to allow ChanServ to op the given nickname automatically when joining channels.

/msg nickserv saset display

Syntax: /msg NickServ SASET nickname DISPLAY new-display Syntax: SASET nickname DISPLAY new-display Changes the display used to refer to the nickname group in Services. The new display MUST be a nick of the group.

/msg nickserv saset email

Syntax: /msg NickServ SASET nickname EMAIL address Syntax: SASET nickname EMAIL address Associates the given E-mail address with the nickname.

/msg nickserv saset greet

Syntax: /msg NickServ SASET nickname GREET message Syntax: SASET nickname GREET message Makes the given message the greet of the nickname, that will be displayed when joining a channel that has GREET option enabled, provided that the user has the necessary access on it.

/msg nickserv saset hide

Syntax: /msg NickServ SASET nickname HIDE {EMAIL | STATUS | USERMASK | QUIT} {ON | OFF} Syntax: SASET nickname HIDE {EMAIL | STATUS | USERMASK | QUIT} {ON | OFF} Allows you to prevent certain pieces of information from being displayed when someone does a NickServ INFO on the nick. You can hide the E-mail address (EMAIL), last seen user@host mask (USERMASK), the services access status (STATUS) and last quit message (QUIT). The second parameter specifies whether the information should be displayed (OFF) or hidden (ON).

/msg nickserv saset icq

Syntax: /msg NickServ SASET nickname ICQ number Syntax: SASET nickname ICQ number Associates the given ICQ number with the nickname. This number will be displayed whenever someone requests information on the nick with the INFO command.

/msg nickserv saset kill

Syntax: /msg NickServ SASET nickname KILL {ON | QUICK | IMMED | OFF} Syntax: SASET nickname KILL {ON | QUICK | IMMED | OFF} Turns the automatic protection option for the nick on or off. With protection on, if another user tries to take the nick, they will be given one minute to change to another nick, after which NickServ will forcibly change their nick. If you select QUICK, the user will be given only 20 seconds to change nicks instead of the usual 60. If you select IMMED, user's nick will be changed immediately without being warned first or given a chance to change their nick; please do not use this option unless necessary. Also, your network's administrators may have disabled this option.

/msg nickserv saset language

Syntax: /msg NickServ SASET nickname LANGUAGE number Syntax: SASET nickname LANGUAGE number Changes the language Services uses when sending messages to nickname (for example, when responding to a command he sends). number should be chosen from a list of supported languages that you can get by typing /msg NickServ HELP SET LANGUAGE.

/msg nickserv saset msg

Syntax: /msg NickServ SASET nickname MSG {ON | OFF} Syntax: SASET nickname MSG {ON | OFF} Allows you to choose the way Services are communicating with the given user. With MSG set, Services will use messages, else they'll use notices.

/msg nickserv saset noexpire

Syntax: /msg NickServ SASET nickname NOEXPIRE {ON | OFF} Syntax: SASET nickname NOEXPIRE {ON | OFF} Sets whether the given nickname will expire. Setting this to ON prevents the nickname from expiring.

/msg nickserv saset password

Syntax: /msg NickServ SASET nickname PASSWORD new-password Syntax: SASET nickname PASSWORD new-password Changes the password used to identify as the nick's owner.

/msg nickserv saset private

Syntax: /msg NickServ SASET nickname PRIVATE {ON | OFF} Syntax: SASET nickname PRIVATE {ON | OFF} Turns NickServ's privacy option on or off for the nick. With PRIVATE set, the nickname will not appear in nickname lists generated with NickServ's LIST command. (However, anyone who knows the nickname can still get information on it using the INFO command.)

/msg nickserv saset secure

Syntax: /msg NickServ SASET nickname SECURE {ON | OFF} Syntax: SASET nickname SECURE {ON | OFF} Turns NickServ's security features on or off for your nick. With SECURE set, you must enter your password before you will be recognized as the owner of the nick, regardless of whether your address is on the access list. However, if you are on the access list, NickServ will not auto-kill you regardless of the setting of the KILL option.

/msg nickserv saset url

Syntax: /msg NickServ SASET nickname URL url Syntax: SASET nickname URL url Associates the given URL with the nickname. This URL will be displayed whenever someone requests information on the nick with the INFO command.

/msg nickserv sendpass

Syntax: /msg NickServ SENDPASS nickname Syntax: SENDPASS nickname Send the password of the given nickname to the e-mail address set in the nickname record. This command is really useful to deal with lost passwords. May be limited to IRC operators on certain networks. This command is unavailable when encryption is enabled.

/msg nickserv servadmin alist

Syntax: /msg NickServ ALIST [nickname] [level] Syntax: ALIST [nickname] [level] With no parameters, lists channels you have access on. With one parameter, lists channels that nickname has access on. With two parameters lists channels that nickname has level access or greater on. This use limited to Services admins.

/msg nickserv servadmin drop

Syntax: /msg NickServ DROP [nickname] Syntax: DROP [nickname] Without a parameter, drops your nickname from the NickServ database. With a parameter, drops the named nick from the database. You may drop any nick within your group without any special privileges. Dropping any nick is limited to Services admins.

/msg nickserv servadmin forbid

Syntax: /msg NickServ FORBID nickname [reason] Syntax: FORBID nickname [reason] Disallows a nickname from being registered or used by anyone. May be cancelled by dropping the nick. On certain networks, reason is required.

/msg nickserv servadmin getpass

Syntax: /msg NickServ GETPASS nickname Syntax: GETPASS nickname Returns the password for the given nickname. Note that whenever this command is used, a message including the person who issued the command and the nickname it was used on will be logged and sent out as a WALLOPS/GLOBOPS. This command is unavailable when encryption is enabled.

/msg nickserv servadmin glist

Syntax: /msg NickServ GLIST [nickname] Syntax: GLIST [nickname] Without a parameter, lists all nicknames that are in your group. With a parameter, lists all nicknames that are in the group of the given nick. This use limited to Services admins.

/msg nickserv servadmin help

Services admins can also drop any nickname without needing to identify for the nick, and may view the access list for any nickname (/msg NickServ ACCESS LIST nick).

/msg nickserv servadmin info

Services admins may use the ALL parameter with any nick.

/msg nickserv servadmin list

Syntax: /msg NickServ LIST pattern [FORBIDDEN] [SUSPENDED] [NOEXPIRE] [UNCONFIRMED] Syntax: LIST pattern [FORBIDDEN] [SUSPENDED] [NOEXPIRE] [UNCONFIRMED] Lists all registered nicknames which match the given pattern, in nick!user@host format. Nicks with the PRIVATE option set will only be displayed to Services admins. Nicks with the NOEXPIRE option set will have a ! appended to the nickname for Services admins. If the FORBIDDEN, SUSPENDED, NOEXPIRE or UNCONFIRMED options are given, only nicks which, respectively, are FORBIDDEN, SUSPENDED, UNCONFIRMED or have the NOEXPIRE flag set will be displayed. If multiple options are given, all nicks matching at least one option will be displayed. These options are limited to Services admins. Examples: LIST *!joeuser@foo.com Lists all registered nicks owned by joeuser@foo.com. LIST *Bot*!*@* Lists all registered nicks with Bot in their names (case insensitive). LIST * NOEXPIRE Lists all registered nicks which have been set to not expire.

/msg nickserv servadmin logout

Syntax: /msg NickServ LOGOUT [nickname [REVALIDATE]] Syntax: LOGOUT [nickname [REVALIDATE]] Without a parameter, reverses the effect of the IDENTIFY command, i.e. make you not recognized as the real owner of the nick anymore. Note, however, that you won't be asked to reidentify yourself. With a parameter, does the same for the given nick. If you specify REVALIDATE as well, Services will ask the given nick to re-identify. This use limited to Services admins.

/msg nickserv set

Syntax: /msg NickServ SET option parameters Syntax: SET option parameters Sets various nickname options. option can be one of: DISPLAY Set the display of your group in Services PASSWORD Set your nickname password LANGUAGE Set the language Services will use when sending messages to you URL Associate a URL with your nickname EMAIL Associate an E-mail address with your nickname ICQ Associate an ICQ number with your nickname GREET Associate a greet message with your nickname KILL Turn protection on or off SECURE Turn nickname security on or off PRIVATE Prevent your nickname from appearing in a /msg NickServ LIST HIDE Hide certain pieces of nickname information MSG Change the communication method of Services AUTOOP Should services op you automatically. In order to use this command, you must first identify with your password (/msg NickServ HELP IDENTIFY for more information). Type /msg NickServ HELP SET option for more information on a specific option.

/msg nickserv set display

Syntax: /msg NickServ SET DISPLAY new-display Syntax: SET DISPLAY new-display Changes the display used to refer to your nickname group in Services. The new display MUST be a nick of your group.

/msg nickserv set email

Syntax: /msg NickServ SET EMAIL address Syntax: SET EMAIL address Associates the given E-mail address with your nickname. This address will be displayed whenever someone requests information on the nickname with the INFO command.

/msg nickserv set greet

Syntax: /msg NickServ SET GREET message Syntax: SET GREET message Makes the given message the greet of your nickname, that will be displayed when joining a channel that has GREET option enabled, provided that you have the necessary access on it.

/msg nickserv set hide

Syntax: /msg NickServ SET HIDE {EMAIL | STATUS | USERMASK | QUIT} {ON | OFF} Syntax: SET HIDE {EMAIL | STATUS | USERMASK | QUIT} {ON | OFF} Allows you to prevent certain pieces of information from being displayed when someone does a NickServ INFO on your nick. You can hide your E-mail address (EMAIL), last seen user@host mask (USERMASK), your services access status (STATUS) and last quit message (QUIT). The second parameter specifies whether the information should be displayed (OFF) or hidden (ON).

/msg nickserv set icq

Syntax: /msg NickServ SET ICQ number Syntax: SET ICQ number Associates the given ICQ number with your nickname. This number will be displayed whenever someone requests information on your nick with the INFO command.

/msg nickserv set kill

Syntax: /msg NickServ SET KILL {ON | QUICK | IMMED | OFF} Syntax: SET KILL {ON | QUICK | IMMED | OFF} Turns the automatic protection option for your nick on or off. With protection on, if another user tries to take your nick, they will be given one minute to change to another nick, after which NickServ will forcibly change their nick. If you select QUICK, the user will be given only 20 seconds to change nicks instead of the usual 60. If you select IMMED, user's nick will be changed immediately without being warned first or given a chance to change their nick; please do not use this option unless necessary. Also, your network's administrators may have disabled this option.

/msg nickserv set language

Syntax: /msg NickServ SET LANGUAGE number Syntax: SET LANGUAGE number Changes the language Services uses when sending messages to you (for example, when responding to a command you send). number should be chosen from the following list of supported languages:

/msg nickserv set msg

Syntax: /msg NickServ SET MSG {ON | OFF} Syntax: SET MSG {ON | OFF} Allows you to choose the way Services are communicating with you. With MSG set, Services will use messages, else they'll use notices.

/msg nickserv set password

Syntax: /msg NickServ SET PASSWORD new-password Syntax: SET PASSWORD new-password Changes the password used to identify you as the nick's owner.

/msg nickserv set private

Syntax: /msg NickServ SET PRIVATE {ON | OFF} Syntax: SET PRIVATE {ON | OFF} Turns NickServ's privacy option on or off for your nick. With PRIVATE set, your nickname will not appear in nickname lists generated with NickServ's LIST command. (However, anyone who knows your nickname can still get information on it using the INFO command.)

/msg nickserv set secure

Syntax: /msg NickServ SET SECURE {ON | OFF} Syntax: SET SECURE {ON | OFF} Turns NickServ's security features on or off for your nick. With SECURE set, you must enter your password before you will be recognized as the owner of the nick, regardless of whether your address is on the access list. However, if you are on the access list, NickServ will not auto-kill you regardless of the setting of the KILL option.

/msg nickserv set url

Syntax: /msg NickServ SET URL url Syntax: SET URL url Associates the given URL with your nickname. This URL will be displayed whenever someone requests information on your nick with the INFO command.

/msg nickserv status

Syntax: /msg NickServ STATUS nickname... Syntax: STATUS nickname... Returns whether the user using the given nickname is recognized as the owner of the nickname. The response has this format: nickname status-code where nickname is the nickname sent with the command, and status-code is one of the following: 0 - no such user online or nickname not registered 1 - user not recognized as nickname's owner 2 - user recognized as owner via access list only 3 - user recognized as owner via password identification Up to sixteen nicknames may be sent with each command; the rest will be ignored. If no nickname is given, your status will be returned.

/msg nickserv update

Syntax: /msg NickServ UPDATE Syntax: UPDATE Updates your current status, i.e. it checks for new memos, sets needed chanmodes (ModeonID) and updates your vhost and your userflags (lastseentime, etc).
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