If you download from a site other than the ones identified here,

Once you have downloaded and installed mIRC, you need to go through a few steps to setup and configure the program.

If you are a MAC user, you need to use Ircle for your IRC activities. Check here for information when using Ircle at CSUN.



After successfully installing mIRC, double clikc the mIRC icon mnIRC shortcut (shortcut) to start the program. When you first open the program, you will see the opening screen:


It may be slightly different if you are running an earlier version. There will also be some slight differences between the 32-bit version for Windows 95/98 and the 16-bit version for Windows 3.1.

Notice the menu items and icons across the top.

Menus and Icons

Hold your mouse pointer over each icon and see what function it has, as is shown in the following example: Icon function


Configuring mIRC

To make it easier for your each time you use mIRC, you can configure the program to be more user friendly.

Click on the General options icon or click on File/Options from the menu bar File/Options Menu

and the following dialogue box will appear:

Options Dialog Box

Select Options and a different dialog box will appear:

Enable the option to Pop up connect dialog on startup. This will have the connect dialog box that you just viewed appear when you join the CSUN server.


If you are always going to connect to the same server every time you log on to mIRC, check the Connect on startup box after you select vcsun. If you want the last server you logged on to at the top of the server list, check Move server to top of list on connect. The last part, Reconnect on disconnect, is used to tell mIRC what to do if you are disconnected from the server. It is best to leave this section blank and reconnect manually.

Using the CSUN server

To use the Learning Resource Center server you will need to add irc.vcsun.org or chat.cun.edu to the servers list. From the connect dialog box dialogue box that you opened before:

click on the Add button and the following dialog box will open.

In the dialogue box, insert the information for the vcsun server

and click Add.

To add the second server, repeat this. In the dialogue box, insert the information for the csun server

and click Add.

Identifying Yourself

You now need to identify yourself for your mIRC sessions. In the connect dialog box enter the following information in the fields:


You are now ready to connect to either CSUN server and begin your mIRC session. Click on Connect.

To confirm that you have configured mIRC as directed, exit the program. You can exit either by clicking on the mIRC icon in the left corner or from the File menu.

Icon Exit or File Exit

Exit mIRC and then restart into the program.

If all goes well, you should now be able to connect to either the vcsun or csun server. Once connected, you can set your channel options and logging.

Initial Setup   |    Channels, Logging, & Webpup
Channel Operator   |    Virtual Classroom   |    Virtual Office   |    Virtual Etiquette
Chatting Privately   |    Sending & Receiving Files   |    java IRC   |   
Skills for Teaching  |    Download mIRC to install on a disk

Comments about this page may be directed to the Office of Online Instruction at webteach@csun.edu.