Whenever I try using Freenode IRC with Tor, Freenode says my Tor node's exit IP is banned. Does Freenode IRC not support Tor exit nodes?

I get this error:

-NickServ- This nickname is registered. Please choose a different nickname, or identify via /msg NickServ identify .
* You are banned from this server- Your tor exit node must not allow connections to freenode (tor exit node (chat.freenode.net:8000)). Email tor-kline@freenode.net when corrected. (2015/6/16 04.12)

  • Sure it does, instructions are here: freenode.net/irc_servers.shtml "Tor provides anonymous access to internet services, including IRC, and protects users' privacy from various forms of traffic analysis. The freenode network welcomes Tor users." – Greg Hewgill Jun 16 '15 at 3:48
  • @GregHewgill Then maybe I don't have the proper Freenode account. – Geremia Jun 16 '15 at 4:11
  • It looks like you're not actually connecting to the Freenode hidden service. "Connections to freenode directly from Tor exit nodes are not allowed". You have to connect to irc://frxleqtzgvwkv7oz.onion. – Greg Hewgill Jun 16 '15 at 4:36
  • @GregHewgill: I'm going through a Tor proxy. I've tried it your way, too, but XChat doesn't seem to like onion addresses. It complains that maybe I typed the address incorrectly! – Geremia Jun 16 '15 at 5:13
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    You may wish to read a tutorial such as anonops.com/xchat.html if you wish to use XChat with Tor. It's not as simple as just entering the hidden service address. – Greg Hewgill Jun 16 '15 at 5:59

The status on #freenode currently says:

Due to ongoing abuse the tor-sasl hidden service has been temporarily disabled


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