Communications and chat in Bitscout
Written by Vitaly Kamluk
3 minute read
Bitscout provides simple communication channel between the owner and the remote expert. It is based on very old technology known as IRC (Internet Relay Chat), which was originally released in 1988. We are proud to suport and embrace this ever-living classics. Besides, it works perfectly well for simple chats on a physical screen of the owner and the remote virtual terminal of the expert. Any other important infor exchange, such as file transfer, voice or video calls is out of scope of Bitscout as a tool.
Bitscout comes with pre-installed opens-source IRC chat client known as irssi. You may read more about this client features and usage on the official website. Make sure to check out section for the new users to be familiar with some basic commands. Don’t forget to check the explanation of the text-UI window interface of the client here.
On the expert side, you will need to download and install an IRC client that runs on your OS. It can also be the same irssi client. It works on Linux, available via Cygwin on Windows, and macports or brew on MacOS. Some other popular client are mIRC, HexChat, and ChatZilla.
If you are new to IRC, here’s a step-by-step short guide to using an IRC chat client:
Bitscout constructor generates a basic irssi configuration file that will be set to connect to the Bitscout server over VPN.
The settings for the expert can be found in exported configuration file here:
The settings for the Bitscout IRC server (proposed server software is opensource free ngircd) can be found in
The irssi client settings on a running Bitscout instance are in
If you find any bugs or problems with the project, please open an issue over on Github.Github
Feel free to tweet at me if you have suggestions for Bitscout. Or if you just want to say hi.Twitter