The IRC network is an excellent alternative to BitTorrent, eMule and all other P2P software. In fact, it allows you to find a lot of material, even in Italian, and to download any type of file at the speed of light. To get good results, however, you need to know the right servers and channels.
That’s why today I decided to propose you this tutorial in which you’ll discover Italian IRC servers and channels to download movies from mIRC, the most popular program to enter the IRC network and make downloads from it. Be warned, however, the procedure that you will have to follow is not as immediate as that to search for a movie on eMule or BitTorrent network: you have to do a little ‘practice before being able to use the program naturally. Are you ready to give it a try? Well, then read on, you’ll find all the information you need right below.
Warning: illegally downloading copyrighted movies from the Internet is illegal. This guide has been written for illustrative purposes only, it is in no way my intention to encourage piracy and therefore I take no responsibility for how you may use the information in it.
IRC Search Engines
The best starting point for finding Italian IRC servers and channels for downloading movies from mIRC is XDCC.eu, a real search engine for finding files within the IRC network. To use it, connect to its main page, type the title of the movie you want to search for in the text field located in the center and click the Search button.
In a few moments the list with the search results will appear. To start downloading a movie found on XDCC.eu, click on the chain icon placed next to the name of the file you are interested in and accept the opening of mIRC by your browser. In case mIRC does not start automatically after clicking on the channel address, try using another browser, such as Microsoft Edge, which will surely recognize the type of link provided by XDCC.eu.
At this point, an mIRC window will automatically open asking you to confirm the connection to the selected channel. Make sure that the check mark is next to Change servers and join the channel, click on the OK button and wait a few seconds for the connection to be established with the server and the channel hosting the file you are interested in. If the connection fails, probably the channel or server are not available. Try selecting another address on XDCC.eu.
Now, go back to the XDCC.eu search results page, click on the icon (i) next to the name of the movie you want to download and copy the command in the box that opens (the one beginning with /msg).
Now, go back to the main mIRC window, right-click on the bottom bar, select Paste from the menu that appears to paste the command you just copied from XDCC.it and press the Enter key on your computer keyboard to request the movie. Answer OK and Accept to the warnings that appear on the screen to confirm the start of the download.
Manual configuration of servers in mIRC
Couldn’t get into one of the channels discovered with XDCC.it? Don’t worry, it can happen. Some of the Italian IRC servers and channels for downloading movies from mIRC are private so not everyone can join them. By the way, if you are looking for some interesting servers to add to your favorites, have a look at the ones listed below.
To connect to a server with mIRC, all you have to do is select Options from the Tools menu of the program. In the window that opens, select the Servers item from the menu on the left, click on the Add button, type the address of the server you want to connect to in the IRC Server field, click on Add again, double-click on the server name and click on Connect/list to connect to it.
To view the list of channels on the various servers, type the command /list in the bar at the bottom and press the Enter key on your computer keyboard.
Note: if you have a Mac, instead of mIRC you can use the free IRC client XChat Azure which works in a very similar way (the commands to use for downloading movies are the same). You can download the program directly from the Mac App Store.
Alternatives to mIRC
If the procedure for downloading movies from mIRC seems a bit too complex, you can try replacing it with XdccDownloader. It is a free application for Windows, macOS and Linux that offers a simplified interface for searching and downloading files from Italian IRC channels. To download it to your computer, connect to its official website, scroll down the download page almost to the bottom and click on the arrow with the Windows, macOS or Linux logo (depending on the operating system you use). If a Google Drive page opens up, confirm the start of the download by clicking the Download button anyway.
Once the download is complete, open the zipper archive containing the program and extract the contents into any folder. If you use a Mac, do not extract the software to any folder, but to the Applications folder where all the applications installed in macOS are located.
Well, now all you have to do is run the XdccDownloader executable and search for the movie you are interested in on Italian IRC servers. How? Very simple. All you have to do is type the title of the movie in the Search field, click on the Start button and wait a few seconds for the search results to appear.
At this point, double click on the name of the file you want to download and you’ll see the download progress bar appear in the Download field of XdccDownloader. To stop a download and invoke the other commands of XdccDownloader, right click on the name of the file added to the download list.
Note: if you use a Mac and when you try to start XdccDownloader you get an error message, solve the problem by opening the Applications folder of macOS, right-clicking on the XdccDownloader icon and selecting Open from the menu that appears (in this way you will bypass the macOS controls that prevent running software that does not come from certified developers).