IPFS is home to a vibrant, diverse community of thousands of contributors and participants from all over the globe! Here's how to get help, support, or just hang out with other folks who are helping to build the distributed web.
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- Get technical support and help in the IPFS forum as you develop on IPFS.
- Get involved with the community through apps like Discord and Slack, regularly occurring community events such as demos and triage sessions, and the IPFS forum.
- Stay informed and up to date on the latest developments in the IPFS ecosystem with social media and the IPFS newsletter.
- Navigate the IPFS ecosystem using the ecosystem directory and Awesome IPFS.
# Get technical support and help
Are you developing with IPFS implementations and tools, and looking for technical support from IPFS experts? For the fastest possible assistance and resolution of your support needs, do the following:
- Check to see if the problem / issue you've encountered has already been discussed.
- If your problem / issue has not been discussed or solved in the forum, follow the general guidelines for getting useful answers to your questions.
- Create a forum post in the Help section.
To post in the IPFS forum, you'll need a (free) IPFS forum account if you don't already have one. To create an account, click the Sign Up button in the top right corner of the forum website.
# 1. Check to see if the issue you've encountered has already been discussed
- Navigate to the Help category of the IPFS forum (opens new window).
- In the upper right hand corner, click the search icon (a blue magnifying glass). The forum search bar opens.
- In the search bar, type a term related to the issue you are trying to solve. Options to either search the Help category or search all forum topics and posts display.
- Below the search bar, click the option to search for the term in the Help channel. Alternatively, you can search across all topics and posts. A list of forum posts related to your search displays.
- Search through the list of posts returned. If you don't find the answer or help you're looking for, follow the general guidelines for getting useful answers to your questions.
# 2. Follow the guidelines for getting useful answers to your questions
Please following these general guidelines when asking for help:
- Before creating a forum post, summarize the issue / problem you are encountering. Example phrasings:
- Here's what I'm trying to do...
- I did X and expected Y to happen...
- Could this be because...?
- This seems impossible because...
- I've tried A, B and C to fix X, but...
- When asking for help with one of the IPFS libraries, include the name of the exact package and version of the package/library.
- When sharing bits of code, use markdown to format code blocks so that they are easier to read.
- Ensure that you've read the forum FAQ (opens new window) and Terms of Service (opens new window).
- Screenshots of errors are often helpful.
# 3. Create a forum post in the Help section
Keeping in mind the general guidelines above, do the following:
- In the Help category of the forum (opens new window), hover over the large blue circle with a
+symbol in the center. The text New Topic displays.
- Click New Topic. The Create a new Topic modal opens.
- In the title field, describe what the discussion is one brief sentence.
- Add any optional tags that help describe what subcategory the issue is in. Samples options include
- Following the guidelines above, describe your issue / problem in the main text field. You can use Markdown, BBCode or HTML for formatting, and include images.
- Click Create Topic. Your topic is has been created in the forum!
The forum moderators will attempt to address your post as quickly as possible.
# Get involved
# IPFS forums
The official IPFS forums (opens new window) are the primary home of IPFS-related discussion. Join the conversation on https://discuss.ipfs.tech (opens new window) for everything from support, technical questions, project brainstorming, IPFS use cases, and more.
# Community Events Calendar
If you're an IPFS implementer, application developer, or user, you are welcome to join the community meetings we host regularly.
Stay up-to-date by subscribing to the IPFS Community Calendar (opens new window) and joining community meetings such as triage sessions, the IPFS implementers sync, and the IPLD sync.
Casual chat fan? You can engage with the IPFS community in one of the channels listed below:
In general, public IPFS Discord channels are bridged to Matrix and Slack. As a result, you can usually use your preferred chat application to engage with the community. IPFS channels/rooms are usually prefixed with "#ipfs-".
Discord: Join the IPFS Discord server (opens new window) for synchronous chat.
Matrix: Join the Matrix space (opens new window).
Slack: Join Filecoin slack (opens new window) and join the bridged #ipfs channels.
IPFS meetups are also all over the world. Find one close to you (opens new window) ... or contact IPFS Community on Meetup.com (opens new window) to start your own in your area!
No matter your area of specialty or level of expertise, there are many ways to contribute to IPFS and make a real difference in the IPFS community at large.
# Stay informed
# Social media
We're in a lot of places. Here's how to find them all for your favorite platforms.
# IPFS newsletter
Sign up for the IPFS Weekly newsletter to get project updates, community news, event details, and more. In your inbox every Tuesday. Subscribe now! (opens new window)
# IPFS Blog
The latest updates and info on IPFS in one place, from blog posts and release notes to videos, tutorials, news coverage, and events. Read the blog here (opens new window).
Learn more about IPFS in the official IPFS YouTube channel (opens new window). It has lots of great educational material around IPFS.
# Navigate the IPFS ecosystem
# Ecosystem directory
Explore the world of projects and products built on IPFS in the Ecosystem directory (opens new window) – an interactive showcase filterable by industry, tooling, and more.
If you want to add a new project to the IPFS ecosystem directory, use this form (opens new window).
# Awesome IPFS
Get inspired by Awesome IPFS (opens new window), a catalog of community-built open-source projects using IPFS for everything from image sharing to decentralized archiving. Have a project of your own to add to Awesome IPFS? Make a PR in the repo! (opens new window).