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Identifies you as a particular user in the network.


/auth <user> <password>


/msg Q@CServe.quakenet.org AUTH <user> <password>


  • <user> - The Q account name to be authenticated with.
  • <password> - The account's password.

Additional info:

This will authenticate as "user" until you quit from IRC. You cannot auth as another user whilst you are already authed. To unauth, reconnect to the network.

Important: due to security reasons we encourage you to use the alternative authentication method /auth. The /msg Q@CServe.quakenet.org AUTH command should only be used if you can't get /auth working for some reason.

If you don't have an account with Q, please see how to register an account with Q.

Note: When using the /msg command, the target should be Q@CServe.quakenet.org and not anything else (e.g. Q), due to security reasons.

The AUTH command requires you to send the password in plain text over the network. If you would like to use a more secure way, Q also accepts CHALLENGEAUTH.


Authenticating as John with password xYz123:

`/msg Q@CServe.quakenet.org AUTH John xYz123`

Authentication as John with password xYz123 using the alternative auth command:

`/auth John xYz123`

Some clients may already use the /auth alias for their own purpose, if you are not getting a reply from Q, you can use /quote to bypass your client's functions:

`/quote auth John xYz123`

See also:

This help article's short URL is http://quakenet.org/help/26

Other help articles under Q Commands