Happy Birthday to IRC-Source

The first ever recorded line of history in the IRC-Source database is 2014-05-27 23:57:48 UTC-6. We consider this date to be the birthday of IRC-Source. In recognition of IRC-Source turning 3, here is a brief history of IRC-Source, and some of our goals.

In 2016 2 new members were added to the IRC-Source team, James Lu and Ken Spencer.

Brief History

IRC-Source in 2014
IRC-Source in 2014


Robert Whitney started IRC-Source in 2014 to collect statistics on IRC networks, and channels, and make them searchable. The original version of IRC-Source, now referred to 1.x, didn’t have network maintainers in mind. It was simple and just collected statistics.

During 2014 we recorded partial statistics for May, and full statistics after that through December.


IRC-Source in 2015
IRC-Source in 2015

By February of 2015 IRC-Source was run on WordPress, and maintainers were manually approved to maintain information on networks. Development of the WordPress website continued until August of 2016 when Robert Whitney started working on version 3.x of IRC-Source.


Version 3.01x of IRC-Source was released in January of 2017. This is a stand alone, and final revamp, of IRC-Source. From here on out version numbers will be [years of operation].[month][day][a-z]. From time to time you may see these numbers in the development channel on IRC.

Current and Future Goals

IRC-Source has recently brought in a new developer, Ken Spencer, for the website. Together we are developing new features for IRC-Source including a highly anticipated API for developers.
You can check out what’s going on in development on #IRC-Source/Dev @ irc.Buddy.IM.


I am the founder, and lead developer, of IRC-Source. I started IRC-Source in May of 2014 because, although I don't use it as much any more, I still have a deep interest in IRC. I also carry a deep interest in web development, and wanted to write something that would be challenging, and allow me to bring my passions together in a way that would be interesting for others. I run a network called BuddyIM (irc.buddy.im), it's pretty cool, you should chill there.

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