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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Connect to to Justin TV IRC

I was trying hard to connect to justin.tc IRC server (irc.justin.tv) using an IRC client. All I could get was a this message :

* Connect retry #9 irc.justin.tv (6667) (dns pool)
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-tmi.twitch.tv- Login unsuccessful
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The problem is that the password you must give is not the same than the one you use to connect to justin tv on the web using your browser.

Here is how you resolve this problem :

Step 1: find your password. 
Short version: in your favorite browser visit this page :
http://www.justin.tv/chat/embed?channel=NAME_OF__THE_CHANNEL&is_popout_chat=true&chat_debug=true
after replacing NAME_OF__THE_CHANNEL by the actual name of the channel you want to connect to.
Long version
To do so connect to the page on http://www.justin.tv/<the channel you want to watch> for example http://www.justin.tv/winning_shows_05/.

Click on the Tool icon on top of the chat. 






Click on the Popup icon.

 





Now the chat is own its own window. On top of this page you have its address, looks like :
http://www.justin.tv/chat/embed?channel=NAME_OF__THE_CHANNEL&is_popout_chat=true
What you need to do is connect to :
http://www.justin.tv/chat/embed?channel=NAME_OF__THE_CHANNEL&is_popout_chat=true&chat_debug=true
(that's the same address with the string "&chat_debug=true" appended).

Something like this will display (you might need to scroll UP the page) :
DEBUG: Connecting to THE_CHANNEL_NAME
DEBUG: Connecting to 199.9.252.5:443
DEBUG: connected
DEBUG: trying to log in as 'YOUR_USERNAME' 'SOME_VERY_LONG_STRING'
DEBUG: Joining THE_CHANNEL_NAME
DEBUG: Received irc message IRCMessage from 'tmi.twitch.tv' to 'YOUR_USERNAME', with command '001' and message 'connected to TMI'

THE_CHANNEL_NAME is the name of the channel you are connecting, for example winning_shows_05. 
YOUR_USERNAME is your justin.tv username.
SOME_VERY_LONG_STRING is your password, encrypted.

DO NOT GIVE YOUR PASSWORD TO ANYONE.

Step 2: Now, go to your IRC client and use this password (the long string) as the server password. Your nick must be your justin.tv username.
The IP below can be used instead of irc.justin.tv.




Justin IRC help page:
https://help.justin.tv/entries/24339362-Chat-Guide-Everything-You-Need-To-Know


DO NOT GIVE YOUR PASSWORD TO ANYONE.

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