Direct Client-to-Client

Direct Client-to-Client (DCC) is an IRC-related sub-protocol enabling peers to interconnect using an IRC server for handshaking in order to exchange files or perform non-relayed chats. Once established, a typical DCC session runs independently from the IRC server. Originally designed to be used with ircII it is now supported by many IRC clients. Some peer-to-peer clients on napster-protocol servers also have DCC send/get capability, including TekNap, SunshineUN and Lopster. A variation of the DCC protocol called SDCC (Secure Direct Client-to-Client), also known as DCC SCHAT supports encrypted connections. There exists no RFC specification on the use of DCC.

DCC connections can be initiated in two different ways:

  • The most common way is to use CTCP to initiate a DCC session. The CTCP is sent from one user, over the IRC network, to another user.
  • Another way to initiate a DCC session is for the client to connect directly to the DCC server. Using this method, no traffic will go across the IRC network (the parties involved do not need to be connected to an IRC network in order to initiate the DCC connection).

Other related articles:

Direct Client-to-Client - Common DCC Applications - File Servers (FSERVs)
... Typically, this is implemented with a DCC CHAT session (which presents the user with a command prompt) or special CTCP commands to request a file ... The files are sent over DCC SEND or DCC XMIT ...

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