How to setup an IRC client to connect and login to Ustream

While IRC Clients are not officially supported by Ustream or Ustream-Helpers.com, you maybe able to configure one to connect to Ustream's Chats.

In general, the IRC server should be set to "chat1.ustream.tv:6667" and the IRC server password should be your Ustream password. Do not enter your Ustream Password as the Nick Password as it will not be sent to Ustream's servers in the correct format. Full step-by-step instructions for specific IRC clients is located in the sub-pages listed below.

Please note: All IRC Client software instructions are provided as courtesy. Use at your own risk.
We are not affiliated with any of the IRC Clients mentioned, nor endorse any of them. Support is not offered by Ustream or Ustream-Helpers.com and compatibility is not guaranteed. Ustream is an evolving site which implements technological improvements without notice and something that works with Ustream today might not work tomorrow; compatibility should not be expected to last forever.

How to connect to Ustream Chats with Colloquy

  1. Download Colloquy and install the software on your Mac.
  2. Once installed, launch Colloquy from your Applications folder and it should look like this: Colloquy after launch
  3. Fill the "Nickname" field with your Ustream username or a nick you would like to be known as on Ustream Chats: Fill the Nickname field with your Ustream Username or a Nick you would like to be known as on Ustream Chats.
    Important Tip: If you haven't already done so, we strongly suggest you register your chosen nick name on Ustream by creating a free Ustream account. If you don't register the nick name, someone else might do so and this would prevent you from continuing to use it in the future.
  4. Enter in the Chat Server: "chat1.ustream.tv" Enter in Chat Server: chat1.ustream.tv
  5. Click Details to expose additional options and also check box the “Remember this ConnectionClick Details and Check box the Remember this Connection
  6. Check that the " Chat Server Port" is set to, "6667". Ustream IRC servers do not except "SSL Connections" so keep this option unchecked. Check that the Chat Server Port is 6667
  7. You may edit the "Username" field if you need to change it. This will be your Ident when you connect to the server. (e.g. nick!ident@example.com.) In most cases it's not necessary to change it. So, you really should leave it as is if you're unaware of any reason why it must be changed. You may edit the Username field, this will be your Ident
  8. Enter your Ustream account password as the "Server Password". (As mentioned in step #3, if you don’t have a registered Ustream account, then you may leave this blank, or you may fill it in later. However, if the nick you have chosen is registered by someone else, you will not be able to use it so, again, we strongly suggest you create a free Ustream account and enter your Ustream password here. If you have registered a Ustream account (or if someone else has) and you don't enter the matching password in this space, you will be asked to fill in your password on connect to Ustream by typing, "/pass yourpasswordhere".) Enter  your Ustream account password as the server password.
  9. Enter your "Real Name". This can either be left as is, if incorrect, changed to your actual name, or you may put something else in as long as it's not vulgar or misleading or attempts to impersonate someone else. Enter your Real Name.
  10. Next, in the "Join Rooms", add the chat room (also known as a #channel) that you would like to automatically join once you connect to Ustream with Colloquy. Click on the "+" symbol and enter one channel name per line. It is not necessary to precede the channel name with the traditional # symbol. Set up the chat rooms you would like to automatically join.
  11. Repeat step # 10 to add additional auto-join channels. (Instead, or in addition to auto-join channels, you may manually join a channel once connected to Ustream without adding it to your auto-join by typing, "/join #ChannelNameHere". Currently, you can join a combined maximum of 20 channels at once.)
  12. Once all the information above has been entered you may click "Connect" to attempt to connect to Ustream using Colloquy: Colloquy image 8
  13. If you entered all the information correctly, the chat window should open and appear as follows: Colloquy connected to #help on Ustream In this example How-To, Colloquy connected to #help as it was the only channel entered in step #10. If you entered multiple channels or another channel name, they should all be listed in the left the channel menu which this red arrow points at: Colloquy image 9 To view the other channels, simply click on their name in this channel menu.

How to connect to Ustream Chats with Linkinus

  1. Download Linkinus and install the software on your Mac.
  2. Select "New Network" and enter "chat1.ustream.tv:6667" for the server.
  3. Enter your Ustream password in the Password field next to the hostname for Ustream.
    Important Tip: If you haven't already done so, we strongly suggest you register your chosen nick name on Ustream by creating a free Ustream account. If you don't register the nick name, someone else might do so and this would prevent you from continuing to use it in the future.

If you already setup Linkinus to connect to Ustream:

  1. Right click on the Status Window in Linkinus and click "Edit Connection".
  2. Click the crayon button to the right of the Ustream window.
  3. On the Inspector Window, enter your Ustream password in the Password field next to the hostname for Ustream.
  4. Below Ustream in the Inspector Window is your nickname that you have globally set. Click the Crayon button again and click Edit on the list that opens.
  5. Click the + button on the bottom left of the Identities part of the Linkinus Preferences and add your Ustream nickname. Do NOT enter your password in the "Authentication passwords (optional)".

How to connect to Ustream Chats with mIRC

How to Install and Connect to Ustream IRC with mIRC IRC Client

  1. Download mIRC. After the download is complete install the program.
  2. Run mIRC
  3. The program allows users to run it for a 30 day evaluation period and then requires the purchase of a license for further use. To use it during the evaluation period click "Continue". To use it during the evaluation period click Continue. If you find that you like the program they currently charge a one time fee of $20.00 USD but it seems they offer this non-expiring coupon to purchase a license for only $10.00 USD. At press time, the license states it can be used on up to 3 computers and is a non-expiring license for all future versions of mIRC.
  4. Click "File" then "Select Server". Click File then Select Server.
  5. Click "Add". Click Add
  6. After clicking "Add" you are then required to enter the server information. Once you have clicked add you are then required to enter the server information.
  7. Enter the following information to the following boxes.
    1. Description: "Ustream Server"
    2. IRC Server: "chat1.ustream.tv"
    3. Group: "Ustream"
    4. Password: (Enter your Ustream password for your Ustream account. If you don't have a Ustream account, leave the password blank.)
      Important Tip: If you haven't already done so, we strongly suggest you register your chosen nickname (IM on Ustream by creating a free Ustream account. If you don't register the nickname (IM, someone else might do so and this would prevent you from continuing to use it in the future.
    5. Then click "Add". Click Add
  8. Then click "Select". Then click Select.
  9. After clicking "Select", you are then required to enter your nickname and information: Enter your nickname and ident information
  10. Enter the following information to the following boxes.
    1. Nickname: (Your Ustream username.)
    2. Alternative: (Your Ustream username followed by "-1". e.g. If your Ustream username is, "DCBDemos" you'd enter, "DCBDemos-1" without the quotes.)
      Important Tip: We recommend you append -1 to your Ustream registered username as it's the convention used by Ustream and is already registered to you. The alternative nick is only used if your main nickname is in use, like if you have opened a Ustream chat in your web browser or if your connection was interrupted and hasn't disconnected from the server yet.)
      Enter your nicknames and alternate nicks.
    3. Name: (Enter your Real Name. This is optional and can either be left blank, changed to your actual name, or you may put something else in as long as it's not vulgar or misleading or attempts to impersonate someone else.)
    4. Email: (Your email address. This is optional. If entered it will be partially used as your ident e.g [email protected]). Optional: Enter your Full Name and Email Address.
    5. Once you have finished filling out the mIRC Options, click "Connect" and you will then see a message that its connecting to the server, this will take only a few seconds to establish a connection. Click Connect.
  11. Once connected, click "OK" on the mIRC Favorites window which may open once connected. Click OK on the mIRC Favorites
  12. You have now connected to Ustream using mIRC and can now join Ustream chat rooms, also known as channels. To join a channel type "/join" followed by the chat room's channel name and hit enter. (You can find the channel name typically in the url of the channel or by asking the Broadcaster or one of their moderators.) To join a channel type /join #Channel-Name

How to Set up Auto Joins in mIRC

  1. Once you have joined a channel, you can add it to your auto-join list. Channels on your auto-join list will automatically open for you each time you connect to Ustream. To add a channel to this list just click "Favorites" in the menu and click "Add to Favorites". (Make sure you have the channel you want to add currently open and selected). To add channel to this list just click Favorites in the menu and click Add to Favorites.
  2. Checkbox the option "Join on Connect” then click "OK". Checkbox the option Join on Connect then click OK.
  3. To view other channels, click on their name in the channel menu on the left hand side. To view other channels, click on their name in the channel menu on the left hand side.

How to connect to Ustream Chats with xChat

  1. Download XChat or the free GPL version of XChat
  2. Open XChat and select three nick names you would like to be known as.
    Important Tip: If you haven't already done so, we strongly suggest you register your chosen nick name on Ustream by creating a free Ustream account. If you don't register the nick name, someone else might do so and this would prevent you from continuing to use it in the future.
  3. Click Add, from here add the name of the server that you would like for it to be known as. For example, you may name it Ustream and then click Edit and put the server Address in the Servers field for Ustream. The server address can be either c.ustream.tv or chat1.ustream.tv
  4. Now you will move down a little and put in the channels. To automatically join the help channel put #help in the channels field. To join more than one channel separate each room with a comma (ex. #help,#roomgoeshere,#anotherroom and so forth.)
  5. Click close and save your preferred settings then select the Ustream server and click Connect.
  6. You will then be presented with a login screen if you have selected a registered nick name. Type "/pass yourpassgoeshere" and you will join the channels you have selected to join.