|Initial release||December 1993|
|Stable release||1.6.21 (October 26, 2011[±])|
|Written in||C, Tcl|
|Available in||English, Multilingual|
It was originally written by Robey Pointer in December 1993 to help manage and protect the EFnet channel #gayteen; one Eggdrop bot version was named Valis. Eggdrop was originally intended to help manage and protect channels from takeover attempts and other forms of IRC war.
A large number of Tcl scripts are available to expand the bot's functionality, most of them written by Eggdrop users. Scripts are available to add and extend support for: online games, stats, user and channel management, information storage and lookup, greeting channel members, tracking last seen times, botnet management, anti-spam, file serving and distribution (usually via the DCC protocol), IRC services (similar to ChanServ and NickServ), and much more.
Eggdrop includes built-in support for sharing user information and channel bans, however a script is required to simultaneously control multiple bots and for bots to coordinate channel management and modes.
The bot also features a botnet, which allows multiple bots to be linked together to share data and act in a coordinated fashion. The botnet supports a "party line", which is accessible via DCC CHAT and telnet. People can communicate within the botnet on various channels in an equivalent to a miniature IRC. Channel 0, the default, is referred to as the "party line".
- Internet Relay Chat
- Internet Relay Chat bot
- Comparison of Internet Relay Chat bots
- Shell account
- "Homepage". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- Mutton, Paul (July 2004). IRC Hacks. O'Reilly Media. p. 294. ISBN 978-0-596-00687-7.
- Bejtlich, Richard (November 2005). Extrusion Detection: Security Monitoring for Internal Intrusions. Professional Series. Addison-Wesley. p. 308. ISBN 978-0-321-34996-5.
- Leonard, Andrew (July 1997). Bots: The Origin of New Species (1st ed.). San Francisco, CA: Hardwired. ISBN 1-888869-05-4.
Meanwhile, back in #gayteen, Pointer's other IRC haunt, a raging power struggle had alienated most of the regular members of the channel
- Leonard, Andrew (April 1996). "Wired 4.04: Bots Are Hot!". Wired Magazine. Condé Nast Publications. p. 5. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
There are bots that greet newcomers to channels with information about the channel. Valis, the gaybot at #gayteen, is such a bot.
- "ABOUT". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- Lewis, Chris; Steve Pickavance (February 2006). Selecting MPLS VPN Services. Networking Technology. Cisco Press. p. 266. ISBN 978-1-58705-191-3.
- Piccard, Paul; Brian Baskin; George Spillman; Marcus Sachs (May 2005). Securing IM and P2P Applications for the Enterprise (1st ed.). Syngress Publishing. p. 401. ISBN 978-1-59749-017-7.
- Damer, Bruce (October 1997). Avatars! Exploring and Building Virtual Worlds on the Internet (1st ed.). Peachpit. ISBN 978-0-201-68840-5.
- Clemm, Alexander; Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville; Rolf Stadler (December 2007). Managing Virtualization of Networks and Services. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer Science+Business Media. p. 1. ISBN 978-3-540-75693-4.
- "README". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- "egghelp.org: Tcl Archive". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- "eggheads.org FTP: Scripts". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- "BOTNET". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- Piccard, et al., p. 390
- "PARTYLINE". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- Orwant, Jon (August 2004). Games, Diversions & Perl Culture. Best of the Perl Journal (1st ed.). O'Reilly Media. p. 116. ISBN 978-0-596-00312-8.
- Casey, Eoghan (March 2004). Digital Evidence and Computer Crime (2nd ed.). Academic Press. p. 497. ISBN 978-0-12-163104-8.
- Eggheads.org - Eggdrop development
- TCL/Tk tutorials YouTube playlist in an Android application for your Eggdrop TCL Scripts
- Eggdrop at Freecode
- Eggdrop on SourceForge.net
- Eggdrop at Ohloh
- The IRC bot uptime project
- Eggdrop at DMOZ