Configuring SASL for Irssi

The setup for SASL on Irssi differs depending on the version you have (you can find out by running irssi -v in your nearest shell).

Irssi 1.2.1 or later

Recent Irssi versions include built-in SASL support via /network:

/network add -sasl_username <login> -sasl_password <password> -sasl_mechanism PLAIN LiberaChat
/server add -auto -net LiberaChat -tls -tls_verify 6697


To check that the setting was correct, run /network and confirm that the Libera.Chat entry looks like this:

LiberaChat: sasl_mechanism: plain, sasl_username: TheCoolestNick, sasl_password: (pass)

All three items (mechanism, username, and password) must be set.

Irssi 0.8.18 through 1.2.0

These versions have built-in SASL support as listed for version 1.2.1 or later above, but may have a memory corruption bug that can cause reconnections to fail, and strange login attempts to be registered at IRC servers from your client. If your version is affected, an upgrade is recommended. Any of the versions of irssi that have been fixed may follow the instructions for version 1.2.1 or later.

Fixed in: 1.0.8, or 1.1.3, or 1.2.1 and later.

Older versions

These versions need a separate script in order to support SASL: You can install it from

mkdir -p ~/.irssi/scripts/autorun
cd ~/.irssi/scripts/autorun
wget -O ../
ln -sf ../ .

Now load and configure it inside Irssi:

/script load cap_sasl
/network add LiberaChat
/server add -auto -net LiberaChat -ssl -ssl_verify 6697
/sasl set LiberaChat <login> <password> PLAIN
/sasl save

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