Participating in Spectrum

There are several places online in which announcements, discussion, and collaboration happen. Rather than tell you about them all at once, though, it's best to tell you which ones are relevant to you, given how you'd like to participate (or not) in the project.

Our primary methods of communication are mailing lists and IRC. If this isn't how you're used to interacting with free software projects, DON'T PANIC.

We provide instructions for how to get started, and several different interfaces for you to choose from depending on what workflow (web, mail, Atom, etc.) makes you most comfortable. Details of these will be explained further on, but first, you should figure out what communication channels are actually relevant for you.

If you're interested in keeping up to date with announcements from Spectrum's developers, you should subscribe to spectrum-announce. You can discuss Spectrum and related topics in real time on IRC, or more long-form on spectrum-discuss. Finally, development work happens in Spectrum's source repositories, and is discussed on spectrum-devel. There's another page that goes into more detail about contributing to Spectrum's development.


There is a single IRC channel, #spectrum on Libera.Chat, for all kinds of Spectrum discussions. You can also join through Matrix as If you're new to IRC, you might find Matrix the easiest way to get started. The channel is logged, but the logs are not available online yet.

Mailing lists

If you're interested in participating in the project, or even just following along with it, the best thing to do is subscribe to one or more of the Spectrum mailing lists.

If mailing lists aren't your thing, that's okay! Try the web UI, which allows you to interact with the mailing lists much like a modern web forum.

Each list has archives that can also be accessed via the web, NNTP or Atom. You are strongly encouraged to mirror them.

This is a one-way list where announcements from Spectrum's developers will be posted.

You can subscribe on the web, or by sending mail to

This list contains high-level discussion about the project.

You can subscribe on the web, or by sending mail to

This list is for the nitty-gritty of development. It's where low-level technical discussions happen, and where patches are sent.

There's a separate guide for the Spectrum development process, including how patches are sent to this list and discussed.

You can subscribe on the web, or by sending mail to

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