How to download e-books from mIRC

Before we got torrents, P2P and even before Napster, mIRC was the best place where you could get lots of movies, apps and mp3’s for free. It’s not an easy thing to use for downloading but once you get the hang of it, you’ll learn of its benefits.

mircbook I’m an avid user of mIRC back in college and I still have it installed in my machine for the occasional hard-to-find mp3’s and for e-books. It’s very difficult to find the e-book that you want from LimeWire or torrents so I’ll teach you how you could easily get them from mIRC.

The instructions here are a bit detailed so forgive me if you’re looking for a short guide.

You have to get the latest version of mIRC and install it in your machine. You don’t have to register it if you don’t want to.

Joining a channel

Before you can go to a channel and start your downloads, create some login details first.


It’s time to connect to a server. Here are a couple of places in mIRC where you can get e-books.

Server: Undernet
Channel: #Bookz

Server: IRCHighway
Channel: #ebooks

Since I’m having trouble joining channel #bookz in Undernet (always full), I’ll go to IRCHighway instead.

In the Connect menu, click Servers and look for IRCHighway then click Select. Then click Connect to server.


Wait until you get connected.


Before doing anything else, you need to tweak some settings to allow downloading. Go to Tool > Options > Sounds, then click Requests. Uncheck Send !nick file as private message.


(Optional) Still in the Options, click DCC and select Auto-get file so that you don’t have to babysit your downloads.


When done click OK.

You can start joining a channel. In the command line type /j ebooks (/j bookz if your’re in Undernet) then hit Enter.

Geting your e-Book

Ok in the channel, you can begin searching for an e-book. The search command is @find <keyword>. For example if I want to find James Patterson’s Step on a Crack, I’ll type @find patterson step crack.


Then wait for a few seconds for people/bots with positive matches to send you a private message. There will be a lot if what you’re looking for is popular.


Click each private window to check if they got the file that you want. Once you find one, select and copy the command on how to get the file. Highlight the text then press CTRL-C to copy the command.

The get command starts with “!” and ends with the filename.

For example, MysteryTrain has a lot of results and I need a file with a .lit extension so I’m gonna copy the command !MysteryTrain Patterson, James – Step on a Crack (v1.0).lit


Then go back to the main channel (#ebooks) and paste the command there and hit Enter.


Wait for awhile before the download window appears.


The download speed depends on the sharer but e-Book files seldom exceed 1 MB. When done, you can get the file from the download folder.

The default download folder is C:\Program Files\mIRC\download.

That’s it! Enjoy your e-Book. Let me know if you’re having troubles with my instructions by leaving a comment so I can clear things up for you.

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114 Responses

  1. Rita says:

    Found exclusion list under dcc. added the rar and epub file names. Still no luck

    • Wilson E. Stevens says:

      They need added as *.rar and then press the add button, then add the next item. I have never had problems and have been using this for longer than I can remember.

  2. udeh says:

    thank you for mention undernet #bookz as i can’t join on irchighway. i’m grateful.

  3. Jaseena says:

    When i copy and paste the text on the channel it won’t download books please help me?

    • Calvin says:

      Before doing anything else, you need to tweak some settings to allow downloading. Go to Tool > Options > Sounds, then click Requests. Uncheck Send !nick file as private message.

  4. Chema says:

    Hi, a question. I downloaded the .rar file and once I’d extracted it into .epub file there’s a pop up saying that the file is corrupted (and can’t be opened). Any idea on how I can resolve this?

    • Calvin says:

      how are you trying to open the epub? open it with an ebook reader. put it into your device and open it from there. if it doesn’t work maybe the file is indeed corrupted and you need to look for another source.

  5. John says:

    How can I download multiple books on IRC as opposed to one at a time?

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