To discuss features, tips, tricks or contribute to development, the
below discussion channels are available.
We only list spaces moderated by the GIMP team.
Our project encourages community process so many community-led spaces
exist to discuss about GIMP as well (forums, chat systems…) without our supervision.
In any of the official channels, you are expected to follow our code of
⚠️ Warning: these discussion channels are public and often archived for
anyone to read. In some cases they are even archived in places outside of
Don’t send any private or sensitive information! ⚠️
GIMP has 2 official forums, hosted by separate projects:
IRC / Matrix
The official GIMP IRC channels are on GIMPNet
(irc.gimp.org) and have existed for more than 20 years.
Matrix is an alternative real-time discussion option, with many more
people to ask questions to, though less developers are active.
- irc://irc.gimp.org/#gimp-users | alt: GIMP users Matrix channel
- Main support channel for GIMP users.
- irc://irc.gimp.org/#gimp | alt: GIMP Matrix channel
- Original channel, created in early 1997 for users and developers.
Discussions often focus on GIMP development.
- irc://irc.gimp.org/#gimp-web | alt: GIMP web Matrix channel
- Channel devoted to this web site and related GIMP sites.
ℹ️ Note: there used to be a Matrix bridge. It was taken down and we are not
sure if it will get back. So the IRC and Matrix channels are not communicating anymore.
A Discord server (another real-time
discussion channel) is also available. Supports Chat, Voice and Video streaming.
Code of Conduct
Communication channels between contributors and users of GIMP are
important. Therefore we urge you to follow the following common
etiquette rules. Failure to observe these or instructions from the
moderators may be grounds for reprimand, probation, or removal.
- Be considerate and respectful. Every message in our most popular
discussion channels may be read by thousands of subscribers and then
aggregated to be seen by an even larger audience.
Please make sure that you add value to the discussion, avoid repetitive
arguments, flamewars, trolling, and personal attacks.
- Write in English. While the GIMP community is multinational, we
need a lingua franca for communication which happens to be
English. It’s OK to have bad English skills as long as you do your
best. Nobody will mock your English (this would go against the first
rule of being respectful).
- Do basic research. Chances are that your questions, feature
requests, or bug reports have already been thoroughly documented and
discussed. See the list of sources for reference below.
- Be specific. When describing a problem, please always mention:
operating system and its version, architecture (32bit, 64bit…), exact
version of GIMP (use
Help->About for reference).
- For real-time channels (IRC, Discord) specifically:
- Be patient. IRC offers real-time communication, but be aware
that there may be long periods of silence in the channels when other
people are busy or away from their keyboards. Receiving answers
after a few hours is not unheard of. Therefore asking, then doing
something else while leaving the window opened and checking from
time to time if there are answers is not considered rude
because everyone is aware that others have lives too.
- Don’t ask to ask, just ask. Questions like “May I ask a
question?” are redundant. Questions like “Can someone help me?”
cannot be answered until you have described your problem. Be
polite yet direct and describe your problem or question immediately.
- Don’t expect to be greeted. You are free to say hello but
receiving no answers does not mean anything bad. Talking directly or
just listening is perfectly acceptable behavior too.
List of sources to check for information on
the project, roadmap, feature requests, bug reports etc. before asking
- Your favorite web search engine.
- Bug tracker. Useful for checking bug reports and feature requests.
- FAQ. Some frequently asked questions we already replied.
- Roadmap. Where some of the plans are outlined.
- Usability. Ongoing work to improve user experience of GIMP.
- Development. If you wish to contribute, please check the developer website.
We also suggest checking archives of the mailing lists for existing discussions.
Mailing Lists Archives
We used to have mailing lists. These were
end of October 2022.
For people who wish to use our forums through emails, this
might be of interest (the instructions would work for both our
forums, simply “Watching” a category on
pixls.us forum instead of a tag).
Mailing list archives are still available: