How To Install psyBNC

March 6, 2014

psyBNC is small, lightweight software for usage in IRC (Internet Relay Chat). Bouncers have multiple benefits but they mainly allow a user to hide their original connection source and let the user be left connected after disconnecting from their client. PsyBNC is an easy and lightweight bouncer that runs on Linux and supports many features.

  • wget
  • tar zxvf psyBNC-2.4.3.tar.gz
  • rm -rf psyBNC-2.4.3.tar.gz
  • cd psybnc
  • make

Country Name [DE]:
State/Province [Somewhere]:
Locality Name (eg, city) []:
Organization Name (eg, company) [tCl]:
Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) [psyBNC]:
Common Name (Full domain of your server) []:

  • pico psybnc.conf (change the bnc PORT and save)
  • ./psybnc (starts the psybnc)

Other alternative

  • wget
  • tar -zxvf psyBNC-2.3.2-9.tar.gz
  • cd psybnc
  • make
  • pico psybnc.conf
  • ./psybnc


If you get an error saying “This needs the ncurses library. If it is not available, menuconf wont work. If you are using curses, use make menuconfig-curses instead.

use :

  • sudo apt-get install libncurses5-dev
  • make
  • pico psybnc.conf
  • ./psybnc

How To Install psyBNC on FreeBSD

Login as root
cd /usr/ports/irc/psybnc
make install clean
cp /usr/local/etc/psybnc.conf.sample /home/USERNAME/psybnc.conf
edit /home/USERNAME/psybnc.conf
psybnc (NOT ./psybnc, just psybnc to run your psyBNC)


This needs the ncurses library.

By the time you read this, it is possible that the latest version has been updated. You may want to use a newer version, but it’s possible a newer version might not work the same way. To ensure a positive outcome, don’t upgrade unless you have a good reason to, or if the ncurses folks recommend you to do so on their website.


ncurses has no prerequisites.

Downloading ncurses

The latest version of ncurses is 5.9. You can download this, or another version, at Assuming you want to install version 5.9: download ncurses-5.9.tar.gz; put this into a temporary folder, such as /tmp/ncurses, and follow the rest of these instructions to install it.

For example: downloading ncurses using wget:
$ mkdir /tmp/ncurses
$ cd /tmp/ncurses
$ wget

Installing ncurses

Extract ncurses
$ cd /tmp/ncurses
$ gzip -dc < ncurses-5.9.tar.gz | tar -xf -
$ cd ncurses-5.9
Build ncurses
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr
$ make
Install ncurses (must be root user)
# make install


This version of ncurses, when installed, produces several files: a few C headers /usr/include/ncurses.h and /usr/include/ncurses_dll.h, a libtool library, and static .a and shared .so versions of the following libraries libncurses, libncurses_g, and libncurses_p. Sometimes you will need to install these to a different place, but most libraries expect to be found in either /lib, /usr/lib, or /usr/local/lib. If you’d rather install these files under /usr/local/lib, for instance, you should pass –prefix=/usr/local to the configure script.