Address book

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The Address Book can be used to store various types of information about users. It can be accessed via the Tools menu, the toolbar or by pressing Alt+B or by command /abook -wncl [nickname] (-wncl switches open the whois, notify, control, and colors tabs)


  • Address: The Address section allows you to store basic information about users on IRC.
  • Nickname: Nickname on IRC. Information in the Address Book is stored according to nickname.
  • Real Name: Real name of the user.
  • Email: Email address. If you click on the Email button, mIRC will start up your email software.
  • Website: Website address. If you click on the View button, mIRC will start up your web browser.
  • IP Address: IP Address. If you click the Chat button, mIRC will initiate a DCC Chat directly to this user's DCC Server instead of using the IRC Server. (note: the user may not always have the same IP)
  • Notes: Notes. You can enter various notes about a user.
  • Picture: If a user sends you their picture, you can associate it with their nickname in the address book.


The whois section displays the result of the /uwho command which looks up information for a user on IRC.
note: The address shown in the Info dialog may not be an email address, it is mainly an indication of the user's internet provider.


The notify list is like a buddy list, it notifies you when someone in your list comes on or leaves the IRC network that you are on.
The notify list works differently depending on the IRC network you are using. On some networks the notify list is updated once every minute or so, while on other networks it is updated immediately.
You can manually force mIRC to update the notify list by typing /notify with no parameters.

Adding a User

To add a user you can open the Address Book, select the Notify tab, press the Add button, and enter the following information.

  • Nickname: The nickname of a user that you want notify to look for.
  • Note: An optional note or reminder that will appear next to the users nickname.
  • Play sounds: The sounds that you want played when the user joins or leaves IRC.
  • Perform /whois: This option makes mIRC perform a /whois on the user when they join IRC to look up their address. You should only use this option if you really need to, if you use it with too many nicknames then the IRC server might disconnect you for flooding.
  • Add/Update/Delete: To add or delete users from the list. After you make a change to the settings of an existing user, you must click the Update button.

Notify display options

  • Pop up notify window on connect: This will pop up the notify list window when you connect to an irc server.
  • Show notifies only in notify window: This will make mIRC display notifies only in the notify window.
  • Show notifies in active window: The default is to show notifies in the status window, however checking this option will also show notifications in the current active window.
  • Display address and time: On IRC networks that support this feature, mIRC will display the nicknames address and time online.


  • Some IRC networks might let you use a full address instead of just a nickname, the only way to see if it works is to try it out.
  • You can change the notify-list settings with /notify command.


The Control section performs functions related to channel and user control.
Same as using the following commands:


The Nick colors section allows you to assign colors to nicknames, which are then highlighted with their assigned colors in the channel nicknames list, and in any messages that those nicks send to channel or query windows.

The Add Nick dialog is far simpler than it appears. You must select a Nick color from the color listbox, and one other item in the Apply section.
For example, you could select the color red and enter a nickname in the Nick or Address editbox. This would highlight that specific nickname in the color red in the channel nickname listbox, and in messages that this user sends to channel or query windows.
The settings in the Apply section are cumulative. This means that if you enter a nickname, and enter a channel mode, only users matching this nickname and having this channel mode will be highlighted.
The nick color list uses the first match it finds for any event, so you must prioritize the order of the items in the list yourself.


  • You can specify %vars or $identifiers as the nick.
  • You can change these color setting with the /cnick command.