BitlBee - IRC gateway to IM chat networks
bitlbee [-I] [-c configuration file] [-d configuration directory]
bitlbee -D [-i address] [-p port number] [-n] [-v] [-c configuration
file] [-d configuration directory]
BitlBee is an IRC daemon that can talk to instant messaging networks
and acts as a gateway. Users can connect to the server with any normal
IRC client and see their ’buddy list’ in &bitlbee. It currently
supports Oscar (AIM and ICQ), MSN, Jabber, Yahoo! and Twitter.
bitlbee should be called by inetd(8), or you can run it as a stand-
-I Run in inetd(8) mode. This is the default setting, you usually
don’t have to specify this option.
-D Run in daemon mode. In this mode, BitlBee forks to the
background and waits for new connections. All clients will be
served from one process.
-F Run in ForkDaemon mode. This is similar to ordinary daemon mode,
but every client gets its own process. Easier to set up than
inetd mode, and without the possible stability issues.
Only useful when running in daemon mode, to specify the network
interface (identified by IP address) to which the daemon should
attach. Use this if you don’t want BitlBee to listen on every
interface (which is the default behaviour).
-p port number
Only useful when running in daemon mode, to specify the port
number on which BitlBee should listen for connections. 6667 is
the default value.
-n Only useful when running in daemon mode. This option prevents
BitlBee from forking into the background.
-v Be more verbose. This only works together with the -n flag.
-c path to other configuration file
Use a different configuration file.
-d path to user settings directory
BitlBee normally saves every user’s settings in
/var/lib/bitlbee/. If you want the settings to be stored
somewhere else (for example, if you don’t have write permissions
in the default location), use this option.
-h Show help information.
To get a complete list of commands, please use the help commands
command in the &bitlbee channel.
ircd(8), inetd(8), inetd.conf(5), gaim(1).
For more information on using BitlBee, once connected, you should use
the on-line help system.
Of course there are bugs. If you find some, please report them at
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 version.
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
Wilmer van der Gaast <email@example.com>
Jelmer Vernooij <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Maurits Dijkstra <email@example.com>
07 March 2004 bitlbee(8)