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IRC is an excellent public forum -- both for helping users and for getting to know other committers. We have official group status on Freenode. You can connect to Freenode by pointing your IRC client at

Main Channels

These are the main channels we maintain:

  • #eclipse - questions from plug-in developers and users log, general catch-all when specific channels do not exist
  • #eclipse-bugs - official channel for Eclipse Bug Days (which haven't happened since 2009)
  • #eclipse-commits - lists all commits as they come in (See CIA) (down and empty as of 18:06, 16 April 2013 (UTC))
  • #eclipse-dev - Eclipse contributors discussion and socializing - a good rule of thumb is this channel is for the development of org.eclipse.* plug-ins
  • #eclipse-soc - official channel for Eclipse Summer of Code

Project Channels

There are also more project specific channels:

  • #eclipselink - official channel for the EclipseLink project
  • #equinox-dev - the committer/contributor discussion channel for the Equinox Project and p2
  • #higgins - the discussion channel for the Higgins project (registered but empty as of 18:06, 16 April 2013 (UTC))
  • #pdt - official channel for the PDT project (reclaimed by freenode-staff due to inactivity, topic updated and locked to PDT home page)
  • #virgo - official channel for the Virgo project (registered but empty as of 18:06, 16 April 2013 (UTC))

Related Channels

  • #osgi - OSGi related channel

More Info

A log of the the traffic on #eclipse is available on the web. There is also an actively maintained IRC FAQ in which most questions eventually appear -- feel free to contribute! Much of the content was born here.

If you are a committer on an eclipse project, then you can get yourself a developer cloak. A developer cloak identifies you as a committer on the Eclipse project, gives you some privileges on the channel and masks your hostname. If you would like a developer cloak, please contact paulweb515 or nitind on IRC.

How Do I Start Using IRC?

How Do I Choose An IRC Client?

  • If you are having trouble choosing an IRC client, try ChatZilla which runs inside Firefox. Konversation and xchat are also widely used options.
  • For GNOME you can try Smuxi.
  • Or, if you're familiar with the IM client Gaim (now called Pidgin), it also works great with IRC on both Windows and Linux.
  • Mac users, try one of these.
  • Another choice is ECF's IRC client, which runs as a view inside of Eclipse.
  • If you cannot connect due to firewall issues or prefer to not install anything, try to connect via HTTP.

OK, I'm Set Up, Now What?

  • Read the FAQ.
  • Join a channel.
  • Post a question, or answer one.

Other Notes

Welcome! If you have a question, just ask, or take a look at our FAQ -  
Try typing ~faq to see more FAQs! If you have errors or logs to show, see ~pastebin. 
If you have screenshots to share, see ~image. If you need to describe your problem, please 
provide some ~info about your setup. Don't ask to ask, just ask, and please be patient when 
waiting for a response. Lurk. Thank you and enjoy your stay.

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