User Commands

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.


 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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.
     ACCESS ADD anyone@*
         Allows access to user anyone from any machine in
         the domain.
     ACCESS DEL anyone@*
         Reverses the previous command.
         Displays the current access list.


Syntax: /msg NickServ AJOIN ADD [nickname] channel [key]
        AJOIN DEL [nickname] channel
        AJOIN LIST [nickname]

 This command manages your auto join list. When you identify
 you will automatically join the channels on your auto join list.
 Services Operators may provide a nick to modify other users'
 auto join lists.


 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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.

     ALIST Founder
         Lists all channels where you have Founder

         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.


Syntax: /msg NickServ CERT ADD [nickname] [fingerprint]
        CERT DEL [nickname] [fingerprint]
        CERT LIST [nickname]

 Modifies or displays the certificate list for your nick.
 If you connect to IRC and provide a client certificate with a
 matching fingerprint in the cert list, you will be
 automatically identified to services. Services Operators
 may provide a nick to modify other users' certificate lists.

       Adds your current fingerprint to the certificate list and      
automatically identifies you when you connect to IRC using this fingerprint.

CERT DEL <fingerprint>
     Removes the fingerprint <fingerprint> from your certificate list.

     Displays the current certificate list.


Syntax: /msg NickServ CONFIRM [passcode]

 This command is used by several commands as a way to confirm
 changes made to your account.

 This is most commonly used to confirm your email address once
 you register or change it.

 This is also used after the RESETPASS command has been used to
 force identify you to your nick so you may change your password.
 Additionally, Services Operators with the nickserv/confirm permission can
 replace passcode with a users nick to force validate them.
 Example: /msg NickServ CONFIRM nickname


 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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


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


 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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
 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.


 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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


 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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.


 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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


 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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.
     LIST *!
         Lists all nicks owned by
     LIST *Bot*!*@*
         Lists all registered nicks with Bot in their
         names (case insensitive).
     LIST *!*@*
         Lists all nicks owned by users in the


 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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
 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.


 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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
 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.
 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.


 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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.


Syntax: /msg NickServ RESEND

 This command will resend you the registration confirmation email.


Syntax: /msg NickServ RESETPASS nickname email

 Sends a passcode to the nickname with instructions on how to
 reset their password. Email must be the email address associated
 to the nickname.


 Syntax: /msg NickServ SET option parameters

 Sets various nickname options. option can be one of:
      SET AUTOOP     Sets whether services should set channel status modes
 on you automatically.
      SET DISPLAY    Set the display of your group in Services
      SET EMAIL      Associate an E-mail address with your nickname
      SET FACEBOOK   Associate a Facebook URL with your account
      SET GREET      Associate a greet message with your nickname
      SET HIDE       Hide certain pieces of nickname information
      SET ICQ        Associate an ICQ account with your account
      SET KEEPMODES  Enable or disable keep modes
      SET KILL       Turn protection on or off
      SET LANGUAGE   Set the language Services will use when messaging you
      SET PASSWORD   Set your nickname password
      SET PRIVATE    Prevent the nickname from appearing in the LIST command
      SET SECURE     Turn nickname security on or off
      SET TWITTER    Associate a Twitter account with your account
      SET URL        Associate a URL with your account
  Type /msg NickServ HELP SET option for more information
  on a specific option.
Syntax: /msg NickSev SET AUTOOP {ON | OFF}

 Sets whether you will be given your channel status modes automatically.
 Set to ON to allow ChanServ to set status modes on you automatically
 when entering channels. Note that depending on channel settings some modes
 may not get set automatically.
 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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.
 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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.
Syntax: /msg NickServ SET FACEBOOK [parameter]

 Associate a Facebook URL with your account.
 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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.
 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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).
 Syntax: /msg NickServ SET ICQ  [parameter] 
 Associates the given ICQ number with your nickname.  This
 number will be displayed whenever someone requests
 information on your nick with the INFO command.
Syntax: /msg NickServ SET KEEPMODES {ON | OFF}

 Enables or disables keepmodes for your nick. If keep
 modes is enabled, services will remember your usermodes
 and attempt to re-set them the next time you authenticate.
Syntax: /msg NickServ 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, the 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.
 Syntax: /msg NickServ SET LANGUAGE language
 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:
  1) English
  2) Français (French)
  3) Deutsch (German)
  4) Italiano (Italian)
  5) Português (Portuguese)
  6) Español (Spanish)
  7) Türkçe (Turkish)
  8) Catala (Catalan)
  9) Ελληνίκα (Greek)
 10) Nederlands (Dutch)
 11) Ðóññêèé (Russian)
 12) Magyar (Hungarian)
 13) Polski (Polish)
 Syntax: /msg NickServ SET PASSWORD new-password
 Changes the password used to identify you as the nick's
 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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.)
 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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.
Syntax: /msg NickServ SET TWITTER [parameter]

 Associate a Twitter account with your account.
 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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.


 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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.


Syntax: /msg NickServ UNGROUP [nick]

 This command ungroups your nick, or if given, the specificed nick,
 from the group it is in. The ungrouped nick keeps its registration
 time, password, email, greet, language, and url. Everything else
 is reset. You may not ungroup yourself if there is only one nick in
 your group.


 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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).

Note: Release and Ghost Commands are no longer are available, they have been replaced by Recover. Sendpass is also not available anymore due to the encryption that is enabled on the network.

Services Admin Commands

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).


 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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.


 Syntax: /msg NickServ GETEMAIL email

 Returns the matching accounts that used given email.


 Syntax: /msg NickServ 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.


Services admins may use the ALL parameter with any nick.


 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.  

     LIST *!
         Lists all registered nicks owned by
     LIST *Bot*!*@*
         Lists all registered nicks with Bot in their
         names (case insensitive).
         Lists all registered nicks which have been set to
         not expire.


Syntax: /msg NickServ SAREGISTER nickname password email

 This module lets a services operator with the
 nickserv/saregister privileges register a
 nickname other than their own.

 Note that this will act as if the user ran the command.
 This means that either email confirmation or admin
 approval will be required (if enabled for normal registration).


Syntax: /msg NickServ SUSPEND nickname [+expiry] [reason]

 Suspends a registered nickname, which prevents it from being used
 while keeping all the data for that nick. If an expiry is given
 the nick will be unsuspended after that period of time, else the
 default expiry from the configuration is used.


Syntax: /msg NickServ UNSUSPEND nickname

 Unsuspends a nickname which allows it to be used again.

Note: Getpass command is unavailable because encryption is enabled.

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