MediaWiki on IRC

IRC redirects here. For IRC-related extensions to MediaWiki, see Category:IRC extensions .

The MediaWiki project uses IRC channels (hosted on Libera.Chat) for real-time communication. Here you can ask technical questions, or chat with the developers. IRC is one of our communication channels.

If you're not sure what channel to use, or where to ask a question, ask at #mediawiki. If you're in the wrong place, someone will direct you to the best place to ask your question. Before using #mediawiki for help:

  1. Make sure you have read the FAQ and have looked at Project:Help .
  2. Search, Meta-Wiki, and an Internet search engine for a solution to your problem.



The #mediawiki channel is the main place for real-time discussion and questions about the MediaWiki software. Developers and other knowledgeable users are here to answer your technical questions.


This channel is primarily meant for technical questions about Wikimedia projects, such as This includes templates, gadgets, and questions about MediaWiki software development in general.

#wikimedia-tech connect logs old logs (pre-2021)


This channel contains activity feeds about bugs and code commits. Sofware developers sometimes talk in this channel, although they often use #wikimedia-tech or #mediawiki instead.

#wikimedia-dev connect logs old logs (pre-2021)

Other channels

See IRC/Channels on Meta-Wiki for other channels used by the Wikimedia community.

Connecting to IRC

You can join an IRC channel via your web browser, or by installing an IRC application. If you already have an IRC application, then clicking the links above should take you straight to the appropriate channel. To join from your browser, follow the "connect" links instead.

Here are some links that may help:


  • Check that this is the best method of communication for your particular problem.
  • It's okay to idle. You can stay connected or read along without talking. Sometimes you won't get an answer immediately.
  • Don't ask to ask. If you have a question - just ask it!
  • Provide all the info when asking a question. Feel free to include details right away. Use a pastebin for long error messages and share the link.