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About Internet Relay Chat

The fastest way to discuss Blender development and interact with other members of the community is through IRC (Internet Relay Chat). The Blender Foundation maintains an official presence on Freenode, a special network built around peer-directed projects like free and open source software. Many developers, artists, and experienced Blender users hang out in the channels below.

For help installing IRC, see below.


Blender Channels

Artists & Users

#blender
General support channel for those seeking help and advice with Blender, in a family friendly moderated environment.
#blenderchat
Where Blenderheads meet and chat, ask questions, or just have fun!
#gameblender
The place to ask questions about or discuss the Blender game engine. If you want to make a game, this is the place to go. Also be sure to look at the game engine forum on Blenderartists.org.

Developers

#blendercoders
Official Blender development chat room for discussions about the source and developer meetings. The meetings are held in a timezone rotating schedule, so that all developers across the globe can participate. You can check when the next meeting will happen in https://blendercoders.xyz
#bgecoders
Official Blender Game Engine development chat room for discussions about the source, new features and bug fixing.
#blenderpython
If you need help regarding Blender's Python functionality, this is the place to visit.
There we discuss Plugins too, see bf-extensions
#blendercompilers
Need help compiling the Blender source code? Although it's quick and easy for some people, not everyone is as lucky getting Blender to build on their platform. Drop by if you need assistance.
#blenderui
For Blender user interface related chatting. The Blender UI meetings are held here too.
#blendergpencil
For Blender Grease Pencil and 2D animation related chatting.



Documentation

#blenderwiki
Official Blender documentation chat room where discussions about this wiki documentation.
#blendercert
Where Certified Trainers hold meetings to discuss how to best serve the needs of the user community with regard to learning Blender.


International channels

#blender-fr
Blender chat in French
#blender.de
Blender chat in German
#blenderpraat
Blender chat in Dutch
#blenderadictos3d
Blender chat in Spanish


Blender IRC channels policy

All Blender channels are independently operated by enthusiast Blender users and are now coordinated with the Blender Foundation through a partnership with Freenode. However, channel policy is controlled by the individual channel operators, not through the Blender Foundation. Therefore we kindly request that you direct comments/complaints/suggestions to these operators, as the Blender Foundation does not make it a policy to intervene in channel operation.


Accessing IRC

For more information on how to use this medium, the authors of the popular IRC application mIRC have put together a good first guide for IRC beginners here.

XChat

Windows and Linux builds of the popular open source chat client X-Chat, are available as free downloads, however the X-Chat development team only offers a shareware version of the Win32 client. If you wish to have an updated and totally free windows version of X-Chat you can visit SilvereX.org where recent (unofficial) builds are made available continually.

Please have a look at this XChat howto

Firefox ChatZilla extension

You can get informations about ChatZilla on mozilla page or at the developers homepage.

Freenode web interface

Go here http://webchat.freenode.net/ and connect.