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The Debian Project hosts all its development IRC channels on and also has a thriving community on The Debian Project no longer has control of #debian on the freenode IRC network. If you're still using freenode, please move to (or its alias


IRC (in OFTC's #debian*) is used to get on-line Real Time Help with Debian releases. If you're running other than stock Debian stable, testing, or sid, you should instead go to the forum which supports your non-Debian system. Debian-derived or Debian-downstream are not Debian. You'd get more relevant support for your release from its community, not via Debian.

Read first:

If you are asked to show some output of an command please use and post the Link instead of pasting it into the Channel.

To connect, you need an IRC client, or use a Matrix interface such as Element.

More information can be found on GettingHelpOnIrc. The #debian channel has its own FAQ.

Debian IRC channels

The hostname is an alias for Most Debian IRC channels are on the OFTC IRC network:

#debian channels have a Netiquette.

Debian Pure Blend IRC channels

Other DebianPureBlends project pages and IRC information.

How to create a new #debian-* channel

See also