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IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat. We use it for real-time internet text messaging related to the project.

All the engaged people from the community and the dev team can be found there, and are usually quick to answer during European day/evening time.


As of 2021-05-26, Pioneer has moved to the IRC network, which can be connected to at, port 6667 (6697 for SSL).

We use the following channel:

-This is the only and official pioneer channel


Easiest if you're new to IRC, is to just click here (or use libera's own kiwi IRC here) which will open a webchat instance to the #pioneer channel in your browser (type message at bottom, where text indicates).


In order to use IRC, you should download a client program. Popular programs are:

  • Leafchat
  • irssi
  • X-Chat (free on Linux only, almost always available in distribution repositories)
  • HexChat (fork of X-Chat, free on Windows and Linux, not always available in distribution repositories)

Channel Info

The channel has a bot, in cmd_jameson, to which one can leave messages to users who are currently not logged in. A number of users are in the channel 24/7 and check the backlog daily. Usually, the channel is quiet during CET night.

No Freenode?

Pioneer's IRC channel was on the freenode network at least from 2013-2021. However, in May of 2021, there was a hostile take over of the freenode network, and we joined the original freenode staff, and most other channels, in moving to its spiritual successor: For more info, please see: