Communication/Contact/IRC

IRC

Using blender.chat

Whilst IRC is a great technology realtime chat has moved to a new platform on blender.chat. This section needs to be redone with links to the appropriate channels that correspond to the old IRC channels.

The IRC channels still exist, but especially for development you should look in #blender-coders on blender.chat.

You can check the channel listing for all available channels on blender.chat.

About Internet Relay Chat

The fastest way to 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

#support or #blender
General support channel for those seeking help and advice with Blender, in a family friendly moderated environment.
#today or #blenderchat
Where Blenderheads meet and chat, ask questions, or just have fun!
#vse or #blendervse
Support channel for discussions about the video sequence editor, rendering, encoding, processing, color spaces and editing in general.
#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

#blender-coders #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 #blender-coders channel.
#gameengines-armoury-godot-up-bge-panda-etc #bgecoders
Blender no longer has an integrated game engine. But here you can find discussions about the game engines, and their integrations.
#python #blenderpython
If you need help regarding Blender's Python functionality, this is the place to visit.
There we discuss Plugins too, see bf-extensions
#blender-builds #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.
#ui #blender-ui
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

#aidez-moi and #blender-fr, or#blender-fr
Blender chat in French
#blender-heute or #blender.de
Blender chat in German
#vandaag or #blenderpraat
Blender chat in Dutch
#hoy or #blenderadictos3d
Blender chat in Spanish

Blender IRC and Blender.Chat 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.

For issues on Blender.Chat please go to the #blender-chat-meta channel.

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.

HexChat

Windows and Linux builds of the popular open source chat client HexChat (a fork of X-Chat), are available as free downloads.

ChatZilla browser extension

You can get information about ChatZilla at the developers homepage. It was originally developed for FireFox, but FireFox support ended after the release of Firefox Quantum (version 57). ChatZilla is still supported on the SeaMonkey Project.

Freenode web interface

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

Other IRC clients

A list of IRC clients for various operating systems can be found on this wikipedia page.