Looking for an IRC alternative?

Our OpenMRS Chat on the open source Telegram Messenger is synchronized with our #OpenMRS IRC channel. Check it out for an alternate way to join our real-time chat!

#OpenMRS on irc.freenode.net

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of real-time Internet chat or synchronous conferencing.

You are welcome to join the OpenMRS chat room on irc.freenode.net.

There are numerous IRC clients from which to choose or you can visit our chat room or directly from your browser using webchat.freenode.net.

How to use IRC

If you're new, please see http://www.irchelp.org/faq/irctutorial.html for a very helpful IRC tutorial. You can also check https://www.wikihow.com/Get-Started-with-IRC-(Internet-Relay-Chat)

Our IRC channels are available for real-time communication with other community members. They can be an ideal way to get help with a problem you're having, discuss development ideas, or just chat and share information. (We're not always serious!) Please remember: IRC is not meant to be a 24/7 helpline with immediate support. If your question is not answered right away it may be because no one is awake or no one is paying attention.


Try addressing someone directly by putting their complete user name into your question. This might get their attention faster. You should also consider posting a message to OpenMRS Talk.

Common IRC commands

Command to type

What it does

/nick YourName

Sets your current nickname to YourName

/msg NickName message

Sends message to NickName in a private chat window

/me text

Sends text in a 3rd-person sort of way, e.g., "YourNickName starts to dance"

/whois NickName

Shows you additional information about NickName


Logs out of IRC

There are a lot of other commands available. Search the web for information about them.

Check OpenMRSBot IRC Bots for some customised commands.

IRC clients we like

Browser Plugin

Help! My IRC is blocked.

Some Internet providers block the ports needed for IRC. If this is the case for you, then you can use a proxy to join the channel through a web browser. You should be able to use this page to connect.

Editing the IRC home page

This page is in the "IRC Chat" space, which is specifically restricted for security purposes because we don't want untrusted people to be able to edit a page where we run a client, ask for username/password, etc. Only trusted people should edit this page.

IRC Logs

IRC logs are updated hourly. Information on this page may be updated.