Run mIRC in (K)Ubuntu

Yeah yeah… you must be wondering why run mIRC on (K)Ubuntu when it has got free and Open Source client like X-Chat,Gaim,BX etc… But I’ve heard that people that are new to Linux are generally used to mIRC’s interface and it takes time to switch to some other client, but there’s another reason too. If you’ve paid for mIRC and are thinking to switch to Linux then….bummer….gone is the money you’ve spent on mIRC ’cause its not available for Linux. So I thought why not give mIRC a try on wine in Ubuntu (Since I’ve only got Ubuntu on my comp. and most new Linux users use Ubuntu).

First of all you must be wondering what WINE is right? Well WINE stands for Wine Is Not an Emulator (Well….get used to these kinds of names if you want to enter the world of Linux and Open Source ;)!). Well….you ask….what does WINE do? WINE is an Open Source program that is designed to run windows apps on Linux. It is a collection of Windows API functions that are required for a windows program to run properly. So you get the point didn’t ya?

OK Lets get started….

First of all….download mIRC from http://www.mirc.com/

then install wine by opening a terminal and typing: “sudo apt-get install wine” (without the quotes obviously). Now sit back and relax as wine downloads and installs on your computer.

When the installation is complete. Then open up a terminal and ‘cd’ (change directory) to the location where you downloaded mIRC’s setup ‘.exe’ file. Then issue the following command: wine <your_mIRC_exe_file_name>

Eg: My mIRC setup file name was mirc621.exe so replace <your_mIRC_exe_file_name> with ‘mirc621.exe’ (without quotes please).

NOTE: Please note that Linux is case sensitive that means that if you type ‘ABC’ it’s not the same as ‘abc’. So type the filename exactly as you see it.

After that a window will open up and will guide you through the installation. I recommend that you keep all the default settings except uncheck the checkbox which says ‘Add a shortcut to desktop’ (or similar). Because we are going to add a custom shortcut to our desktop.

Alright now the installation is finished (Finally!).

Now to test it type in the terminal: ‘wine C:\\Program\ Files\\mIRC\\mirc.exe’ (without quotes).

And….*poof*….mIRC is running smoothly! yay!

Here’s mIRC running on my Kubuntu computer:
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But wait….the font’s are too small and messed up. So go to Script’s Editor and then click on

the ‘Remote’ tab. Then paste the following:

on *:OPEN:*:*: { /font -d $nick 12 arial }
on *:JOIN:*: { /font -d $chan 12 arial }
on *:START: { /font -s 12 arial }

This will change your font’s to Arial and also change your font size. You can change it to whatever you like. But to use the windows fonts like Arial. You first have to have msttcorefonts package installed. You can use Automatix to get that package and install it. After that your font’s should be working in mIRC and other apps like Firefox and Thunderbird.

OK now you’ll have to create a shortcut on your desktop which will launch mIRC with wine automatically so you won’t have to type ‘wine *blah* *blah* *blah*’

Now I’ll tell you one little secret. I’m using KDE! (Kubuntu). So I don’t know how to create a desktop shortcut in Gnome (Ubuntu). Sorry I guess you’ll have to create a shortcut yourself. But I guess its the same procedure (I don’t know…sorry).

Alright for KDE guys (and gals). Right click anywhere on your desktop and select ‘Create New -> Link to application’ Type a new name for the link like ‘mIRC’ and then click on the ‘Application’ tab. Optionally you could type a description for the link and add a comment. I just typed ‘Launch mIRC’ in both ;)! Now in the command box type ‘wine C:\\Program\ Files\\mIRC\\mirc.exe’ (Without quotes). And then click on OK. If you want you can choose a nice Icon for it too!

For Gnome guys (and gals):

This was submitted by Kyle Brooks (Thanks Kyle):

To add something (in this case, mIRC) to your desktop in GNOME:

ctrl+alt+d (or click on show desktop in the bottom panel)

find a free part of your desktop and right click. in the menu that pops up, click on create launcher.

fill in below fields:
Name: mIRC
Command: wine C:\\Program\ Files\\mIRC\\mirc.exe

and press OK

… and there you have it! a mIRC icon on your desktop.

Alright…you say…is it done?

Yup its all done! You can now launch mIRC with just a click of a mouse button!

Wasn’t that simple? Yes it was!

OK now guys and gals enjoy yourself and take care. I’ll be back with some new stuff! So there.

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9 Responses

  1. Hey.

    To add something (in this case, mIRC) to your desktop in GNOME:

    ctrl+alt+d (or click on show desktop in the bottom panel)

    find a free part of your desktop and right click. in the menu that pops up, click on create launcher.

    fill in below fields:
    Name: mIRC
    Command: wine C:\\Program\ Files\\mIRC\\mirc.exe

    and press OK

    … and there you have it! a mIRC icon on your desktop.

    – Kyle

  2. Thanks Kyle for this wonderful addition. Since I don’t have Gnome, I couldn’t have helped Gnome people out. Thanks again. I have updated the tutorial. See ya!

  3. In the new Wine that is installed with Feisty, everything is done for you, just about. It takes about 5 minutes to get up and running with mIRC on Linux. don’t forget to open your ports with Firestarter to allow DCC!

  4. cool stuff bro ………. just one thing to add… mIRC is free too 😉

  5. gosh gosh gastly i didnt get anything lol hehehe

  6. Any way to enable SSL support? Just install the win32 OpenSSL to wine?

  7. Just to follow up. I installed the OpenSSL library for windows from :
    http://www.slproweb.com/products/Win32OpenSSL.html

    and it worked great. i have SSL support now =D

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