# Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
If IRC is your go-to for discussions and help on dev topics, there are several IRC channels on Freenode dedicated to IPFS, and it’s a great place for live chat:
- Use #ipfs on irc.freenode.org for general IPFS usage and community chat.
- Use #ipfs-dev on irc.freenode.org for discussing implementation details, especially if you are contributing code to IPFS.
The IPFS IRC and Matrix communities are all bridged. If you'd prefer to use Matrix instead of IRC, simply join
# IRC and the forums
For longer-lived discussions and for support, please use the discussion forums at https://discuss.ipfs.io (opens new window) instead of IRC! It’s easy for complex discussions to get lost in a sea of new messages on IRC, and posting longer discussions and support requests on the forums help future visitors, too.
# Getting started with IRC
If you’re new to IRC, there are lots of mobile and desktop clients for working with it. Here are a few to get you started: