Gitlab IRC gateway

Gitlab to IRC gateway based on the Irker bot.

Simple Gitlab to IRC gateway

This webserver will listen on a specified port (default to 8080) for Gitlab web hooks and will post messages to a pre-determined IRC channel.

There should be little configuration required but the target channel, as an argument on the commandline.


This also depends on the Twisted framework:

apt-get install python-twisted-web python-twisted-words

See also the Twisted projectfor more information. Some features depend on upstream Twisted patches, see "Reconnection support" below for more information.


This should be ran directly from the source directory right now:

./irklab -s irc.freenode.net/ -c nothingbutuschickens

Otherwise irklab can also be installed in your path. One way to accomplish this would be to install irklab directly in /usr/local/bin, for example:

cp -p irklab /usr/local/bin

The setup.py command will install all those for you automatically in /usr/local/bin (by default):

./setup.py install --record=install.log

The daemon is designed to run in the foreground, use Debian's start-stop-daemon(8) or systemd(1) to run it as a daemon. A irklab.service file is provided for the latter.

Then configure a web hook to point to the irklab service, for example:


...will make the bot connect to irc.example.com/#channel for this specific hook. Just specifying:


...will connect to the server and channel configured on the commandline (which will of course fail if none are configured).

Reconnection support

There is currently no official way for Twisted endpoints to automatically reconnect on failure or on connection loss. This is a known problem (#7840) in Twisted code that affects irklab.

To workaround this, I have been experimenting with the ReconnectingClientService patch from #4735. Using [virtualenv][], for example, this will look something like this:

apt-get install virtualenv
virtualenv irklab
. ./irklab/bin/activate
git clone -b persistent-client-service-4735-4 https://github.com/twisted/twisted.git
cd twisted && python ./setup.py
python ./setup.py

Now of course you will need to run this always within the virtualenv, but the new Twisted reconnexion code will be automatically detected and used.


The "IRC url" (irc.example.com/channel) should be taken from the hook URL, with defaults set on the commandline. Right now, trailing characters after / in the hook URL are parsed as a server/channel, where the server part is optional. It uses the configured port, so may not work on all IRC servers.

Some improvements on how this is managed could be taken from the Resource handling code in twisted, for example, something like this was suggested:

def getChild(self, path, request):
    if not path in KNOWN_SERVERS: # we're serving a /channel request
        conn = bots['server']
        return ChannelResource(conn)

    if path in bots:
        server_addr = SERVERS[path]
        ep = TCP4ClientEndpoint(reactor, server_addr, port)
        d = ep.connect(IRCFactory(path)).addCallback(ChannelResource)
        return DeferredResource(d)
        return ChannelResource(bots[path])

Also, the callback system may be clarified with a DeferredQueue():

class Proto:
    def __init__(self):
        self.tojoin = defer.DeferredQueue()

    def signedOn(self):
        while True:
            channelToJoin = yield self.tojoin.get()


But this will imply tighter coupling in the code, which i don't like.


Many thanks to asdf on IRC for the help with the defer subsystem.