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.
Artists & Users
- General support channel for those seeking help and advice with Blender, in a family friendly moderated environment.
- Where Blenderheads meet and chat, ask questions, or just have fun!
- Support channel for discussions about the video sequence editor, rendering, encoding, processing, color spaces and editing in general.
- 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.
- 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.
- Blender no longer has an integrated game engine. But here you can find discussions about the game engines, and their integrations.
- If you need help regarding Blender's Python functionality, this is the place to visit.
- There we discuss Plugins too, see bf-extensions
- 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.
- For Blender user interface related chatting. The Blender UI meetings are held here too.
- For Blender Grease Pencil and 2D animation related chatting.
- Official Blender documentation chat room where discussions about this wiki documentation.
- Where Certified Trainers hold meetings to discuss how to best serve the needs of the user community with regard to learning Blender.
- Blender chat in French
- Blender chat in German
- Blender chat in Dutch
- 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.
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.
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.