kameloso 1.6.0

IRC bot

To use this package, run the following command in your project's root directory:

Manual usage
Put the following dependency into your project's dependences section:

kameloso CircleCI Linux/OSX Travis Linux/OSX and documentation Windows Issue 46 GitHub commits since last release

kameloso idles in your channels and listens to commands and events, like bots generally do.

Current functionality includes:

  • bedazzling coloured terminal output like it's the 90s
  • automatic mode sets (eg. auto +o on join for op)
  • logs
  • echoing titles of pasted URLs
  • sed-replacement of the last message sent (s/this/that/ substitution)
  • saving notes to offline users that get played back when they come online
  • works on Twitch, including basic streamer assistant plugin (not compiled in by default)
  • SASL authentication (plain)
  • more random stuff and gimmicks

All of the above are plugins and can be runtime disabled or compiled out. It is modular and easily extensible. A skeletal Hello World plugin is 20 lines of code.

Current limitations

Use on networks without services (NickServ/Q/AuthServ/...) may be difficult, since the bot identifies people by their account names. You will probably want to register yourself with such, where available.

Note that while IRC is standardised, servers still come in many flavours, some of which outright conflict with others. If something doesn't immediately work, generally it's because we simply haven't encountered that type of event before, and so no rules for how to parse it have yet been written. Please file a GitHub issue to the dialect project.

Testing is primarily done on freenode and on Twitch servers, so support and coverage is best there.

Please report bugs. Unreported bugs can only be fixed by accident.


-n       --nickname Nickname
-s         --server Server address [irc.freenode.net]
-P           --port Server port [6667]
-A        --account Services account name
-p       --password Services account password
           --admins Administrators' services accounts, comma-separated
-H          --homes Home channels to operate in, comma-separated
-C       --channels Non-home channels to idle in, comma-separated
-w    --writeconfig Write configuration to file

A dash (-) clears, so -C- translates to no channels, -A- to no account name, etc.

Minimal test:

$ dub build
$ ./kameloso --channels "#d,#freenode"

# alternatively
$ dub run kameloso -- --channels "#d,#freenode"

Table of contents

Getting started


There are three D compilers available; see here for an overview. You need one based on D version 2.084 or later (January 2019). You will also need more than 4 Gb of free memory to build all features (Linux debug, excluding tests). (If you have less, consider using the --build-mode=singleFile flag when compiling.)

kameloso can be built using the reference compiler dmd and the LLVM-based ldc. The stable release of the GCC-based gdc is currently too old to be used.

The package manager dub is used to facilitate compilation and dependency management. On Windows it comes bundled in the compiler archive, while on Linux it will need to be installed separately. Refer to your repositories.


$ git clone https://github.com/zorael/kameloso.git
$ cd kameloso


$ dub build

This will compile the bot in the default debug mode, which adds some extra code and debugging symbols.

You can automatically skip these and add some optimisations by building it in release mode with dub build -b release. Mind that build times will increase. Refer to the output of dub build --help for more build types.

The above might currently not work, as the compiler may crash on some build configurations under anything other than debug mode. No guarantees. (bug #18026)

On Windows with dmd v2.089.0 or later (at time of writing, February 2020), builds will fail due to an OutOfMemoryError being thrown. See issue #83. The workarounds are to either use ldc, or to build with the --build-mode=singleFile flag appended to the dub build command. Mind that singleFile mode drastically increases compilation times by at least a factor of 4x.

Build configurations

There are several configurations in which the bot may be built.

  • vanilla, builds without any specific extras
  • colours, compiles in terminal colours
  • web, compiles in extra plugins with web access (webtitles and bashquotes)
  • full, includes both of the above plus Twitch chat support
  • twitch, everything so far, plus the Twitch streamer bot
  • posix, default on Posix-like systems (Linux, OSX, ...), equals colours and web
  • windows, default on Windows, also equals colours and web
  • dev, development build equalling everything available, including things like more error messages

List them with dub build --print-configs. You can specify which to compile with the -c switch. Not supplying one will make it build the default for your operating system.

$ dub build -c twitch

How to use


The bot needs the services account name of one or more administrators of the bot, and/or one or more home channels to operate in. To define these you can either specify them on the command-line, or generate a configuration file and enter them there.

$ ./kameloso --writeconfig

A new kameloso.conf will be created in a directory dependent on your platform.

  • Linux: ~/.config/kameloso (alternatively where $XDG_CONFIG_HOME points)
  • OSX: $HOME/Library/Application Support/kameloso
  • Windows: %LOCALAPPDATA%\kameloso
  • Other unexpected platforms: fallback to current working directory

Open the file in a normal text editor.

Command-line arguments

You can override some configured settings with arguments on the command line, listed by calling the program with --help. If you specify some and also add --writeconfig it will apply these changes to the configuration file, without having to manually edit it.

$ ./kameloso \
    --server irc.freenode.net \
    --nickname "kameloso" \
    --admins "you,friend,thatguy" \
    --homes "#channel,#elsewhere" \
    --channels "#d,##networking" \

Configuration file written to /home/user/.config/kameloso/kameloso.conf

Later invocations of --writeconfig will only regenerate the file. It will never overwrite custom settings, only complement them with new ones. Mind however that it will delete any lines not corresponding to a currently available setting, so settings that relate to plugins that are currently not built in are silently removed.

Display settings

If you have compiled in colours and you have bright terminal background, the colours may be hard to see and the text difficult to read. If so, pass the --bright argument, and/or modify the configuration file; brightTerminal under [Core]. The bot uses the full range of 8-colour ANSI, so if one or more colours are too dark or bright even with the right brightTerminal setting, please see to your terminal appearance settings. This is not uncommon, especially with backgrounds that are not fully black or white. (read: Monokai, Breeze, Solaris, ...)

Other files

More server-specific resource files will be created the first time you connect to a server. These include users.json, in which you whitelist which accounts get to access the bot's features. Where these are stored also depends on platform; in the case of OSX and Windows they will be put in subdirectories of the same directory as the configuration file, listed above. On Linux, under ~/.local/share/kameloso (or wherever $XDG_DATA_HOME points). As before it falls back to the working directory on other unknown platforms.

Example use

Mind that you need to authorise yourself with services as an account listed as an administrator in the configuration file to make it listen to you. Before allowing anyone to trigger any restricted functionality it will look them up and compare their accounts with the white- and blacklists. Refer to the admins field in the configuration file, as well as your users.json.

     you joined #channel
kameloso sets mode +o you
     you | I am a fish
     you | s/fish/snek/
kameloso | you | I am a snek
     you | !addquote kameloso I am a snek
kameloso | Quote saved. (1 on record)
     you | !quote kameloso
kameloso | kameloso | I am a snek
     you | !note OfflinePerson Why so offline?
kameloso | Note added.
     you | !seen OfflinePerson
kameloso | I last saw OfflinePerson 1 hour and 34 minutes ago.
     you | kameloso: sudo PRIVMSG #channel :this is a raw IRC command
kameloso | this is a raw IRC command
     you | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-mOy8VUEBk
kameloso | [youtube.com] Danish language (uploaded by snurre)

Online help and commands

Send help to the bot in a private message for a summary of available bot commands, and help [plugin] [command] for a brief description of a specific one. Mind that commands defined as regular expressions cannot be shown, due to technical reasons.

The prefix character (here !) is configurable; refer to your generated configuration file. Common alternatives are . and ~, making it .note and ~quote respectively.

prefix              "!"

It can technically be any string and not just one character. It may include spaces, like "please " (making it please note, please quote, ...). Prefixing commands with the bot's nickname also works (and in some cases only works, like kameloso: sudo [...] in the example above).


To connect to Twitch servers you must first build a configuration that includes support for it, which is currently either full or twitch. You must also supply an OAuth token pass (not password). Generate one here, then add it to your kameloso.conf in the pass field.

nickname            twitchaccount
pass                oauth:the50letteroauthstringgoeshere
homes               #twitchaccount
channels            #streamer1,#streamer2,#streamer3

address             irc.chat.twitch.tv
port                6667

See the wiki page on Twitch for more information.

Streamer assistant bot

The streamer bot plugin is opt-in during compilation; build the twitch configuration to compile it. Even if built it can be disabled in the configuration file under the [TwitchBot] section. If the section doesn't exist, regenerate the file after having compiled a build configuration that includes the bot. (Configuration file sections will not show up when generating the file if the corresponding plugin is not compiled in.)

$ dub build -c twitch
$ ./kameloso --set twitchbot.enabled=false --writeconfig

Assuming a prefix of "!", commands to test are: !uptime, !start, !stop, !vote/!poll, !abortvote/!abortpoll, !regular, !enable, !disable, !phrase, !timer, !permit

Note: dot "." and slash "/" prefixes will not work on Twitch, as they conflict with Twitch's own commands.

Again, refer to the wiki.

Further help

For more information see the wiki, or file an issue.

Known issues


Plugins that access the web, including the webtitles and bash.org quotes plugins, will not work out of the box with secure HTTPS connections due to missing libraries. Download a "light" installer from slproweb.com and install to system libraries, and it should no longer warn on program start.

When run in Cygwin/mintty terminals, the bot will not gracefully shut down upon hitting Ctrl+C, instead terminating abruptly. Any changes to configuration will thus have to be otherwise saved prior to forcefully exiting like that, such as with the Admin plugin's save command.


If the pipeline FIFO is removed while the program is running, it will hang upon exiting, requiring manual interruption with Ctrl+C. This is a tricky problem to solve as it requires figuring out how to do non-blocking reads. Help wanted.


  • pipedream zero: no compiler segfaults (#18026)
  • pipedream: DCC
  • pipedream two: ncurses?
  • seen doing what? channel-split? IRCEvent-based? (later)
  • non-blocking FIFO
  • channel-specific whitelists? replace Twitch regulars?
  • more pairs of eyes

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