Quick Start#


For your information, the following screenshots are taken under GNOME 3.34.4 with Wayland backed with Arc GTK theme and Breeze icon theme.

Start Srain#

After the Installation of Srain, you will find Srain in your applications list, if not, just type srain in your shell to run it. Then you will see Srain’s initial interface.


Connect to IRC server#

freenode is a famous IRC network, the official channel of Srain #srain is also hosted on it. Let’s start by connecting to freenode.

Predefined Server#

Srain has a predefined list of commonly used IRC servers, freenode is one of it. If you want to add server into this list, refer to Configuration Manual.

Click the connection button on the Srain header bar, select the page “Quick Mode”, select the item “freenode” from candidate box with label “Server”, enter your nickname, then click the “Connect” button:


If everything goes well, Srain should connected to freenode, then your would see some message from freenode’s server:


Custom Server#

While the server your want to connect to is not listed in the predefined list, switch to the page “Advanced Mode”, enter the hostname, port, and etc.


  • If the port is a TLS port, make sure that the option “Use secure connection” is checked.

  • If the server’s certificate is untrusted and you insist on continuing, check the option “Do not verify certificate”.

Then click the “Connect” button:


Using Command#

Refer to /server and /connect.

If you want to automatically execute commands at each time Srain starts, please refer to Playground.

Join Channel#

After connecting to freenode, now let’s try to join #srain, the official channel of Srain.

Directly Join#

While your has a clear channel to join, such as #srain, just click the join button, select the page “Join Channel”, enter the channel name in the input entry with label “Channel”, then click the “Join” button:


Now you should joined the channel:


Search Channel#

While you don’t know the exact name of the channel, click the join button, switch to page “Search Channel”, click the button with “refresh” icon, Srain should start receiving channel list from server.

Then you can enter the keyword or specify the filter conditions to search channel. For example we enter “#s”, select the channel you want to join from channe list, then click “Join” button to join it.



If the channel requires a join password, try double click the row of channel.

Using Command#

Refer to /join.