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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 There are numerous IRC clients from which to choose or you can visit our chat room directly right here.

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How to use our IRC channel

Our IRC channel is available for real-time communication with other community members. It 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.

Tip: Try addressing someone directly by putting their username into your question. This might get their attention faster. You should also consider sending an e-mail to either the implementers mailing list or the developers mailing list.

Common IRC commands

Command to type

What it does

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/nick YourName

Sets your current nickname to YourName

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/msg NickName message

Sends message to NickName in a private chat window

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/me text

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

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/whois NickName

Shows you additional information about NickName

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Logs out of IRC

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

IRC clients we like

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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.

IRC Logs

Our IRC channel is logged 24/7 in case you miss anything. The logs are updated regularly here on the Wiki and are fully searchable.