eggdrop - an IRC bot
is the World's most popular Internet Relay Chat (IRC) bot; it is
freely distributable under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Eggdrop is a
feature rich program designed to be easily used and expanded upon by both
novice and advanced IRC users on a variety of hardware and software platforms.
An IRC bot is a program that sits on an IRC channel and performs automated tasks
while looking just like a normal user on the channel. Some of these functions
include protecting the channel from abuse, allowing privileged users to gain
op or voice status, logging channel events, providing information, hosting
One of the features that makes Eggdrop stand out from other bots is module and
Tcl scripting support. With scripts and modules, you can make the bot perform
almost any task you want. They can do anything from preventing floods to
greeting users and banning advertisers from channels.
You can also link multiple Eggdrop bots together to form a botnet. This can
allow bots to op each other securely, control floods efficiently, and even
link channels across multiple IRC networks. It also allows the Eggdrops share
user lists, ban lists, exempt/invite lists, and ignore lists with other bots
if userfile sharing is enabled. This allows users to have the same access on
every bot on your botnet. It also allows the bots to distribute tasks such as
opping and banning users. See doc/BOTNET for information on setting up a
Eggdrop needs a config file to run. For an example, have a look at
which is distributed with Eggdrop.
- Display a list of command-line options.
- Don't background. Normally, Eggdrop will move itself into
the background when you start it up, meaning you'll get another shell
prompt, and you can do other things while the bot is running. With -n, you
won't return to the shell prompt until the bot exits (which won't normally
happen until it's killed). By default, -n will send all log entries to the
- Don't background, use terminal. This is just like -n,
except that instead of seeing log entries, your console will simulate a
DCC chat with the bot.
- Don't background, show channel info. This is just like -n,
except that instead of seeing log entries, every 10 seconds your screen
will clear and you will see the current channel status, sort of like
- Create userfile. If you don't have a userfile, this will
make Eggdrop create one and give owner status to the first person that
introduces himself or herself to it. You'll need to do this when you first
set up your bot.
- Show version info, then quit.
- This signal is ignored by Eggdrop and can be used to
determine whether it's running or not.
- Depending on die-on-sigterm being set to 0 or 1 in the
config file, Eggdrop will save its user and channel file and/or die.
- Depending on die-on-sighup being set to 0 or 1 in the
config file, Eggdrop will rehash (reload its config file) or die.
- This variable can be set to the language in which you want
Eggdrop to speak
to you. It defaults to English, but German, French, Finnish, and Danish are
- Specifies the directory where all your language files are
stored. The default is ./language.
tclsh(1), irc(1), ircII(1), ircd(8)
There is extensive online documentation.
Once you get the bot running,
open a DCC chat with it, and type: .help
In addition, the files in the doc/
directory provide detailed
about how Eggdrop works and how to use it.
Written by Robey Pointer, the Eggheads Development Team and various others. See
the files AUTHORS
for a list of Eggdrop developers and major
for a full list of Eggdrop contributors, and the
files for a list of changes made to each version of
Bugs can either be reported directly to BugZilla, at
, or via e-mail to <
Copyright (C) 1997 Robey Pointer
Copyright (C) 1999 - 2011 Eggheads Development Team
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under
the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software
Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY
WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR
A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with
this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple
Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.