Getting Help

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Getting help on BZFlag is rather easy. There are a number of places to get help

IRC Chat Room

The BZFlag communities make heavy use of IRC for communication and collaboration.

The freenode network is used for all IRC communications. Common channels include:

  • #bzflag ( development and support )
  • #bzflag-chat ( general player talk )

A web interface is provided to these channels for registered forum users on the forum main page.

Please see BZFlag on IRC for more info.

Web Forums

BZFlag maintains a set of official forums, located at

An older set of forums, now mostly unused, is located on SourceForge:

Quick Start

Just want to start playing? Get going with BZFlag right away, with this Quick Start page.

Mailing Lists

There are a number of BZFlag mailing lists. The best one for support questions is bzflag-user. Archives and subscription information can be found on the SourceForge BZFlag project mailing list page at

Common Support Issues

The Common Support Issues page lists a number of the common problems with the game, and their resolutions.


The game is documented via a series of manual pages ( or man pages ). On Linux and other Unix like operating systems they are installed by default and can be accessed by using the man command and one of the following pages.

  • bzflag
  • bzfs
  • bzadmin
  • bzw

On Microsoft Windows and Apple OSX the manual pages are in HTML format. They are installed in the start menu for Windows, or in the extras folder on the install DMG for OSX.

The man pages are also available online in HTML format: NOTE: As of June 2007 there is a problem with the man page conversion to HTML and the web manuals are NOT CORRECT! Use the man pages from source. Corrected versions are being made, and will be posted on this wiki.

Further Support

If none of these methods provide a resolution to your problem, the project maintains a support tracking system on SourceForge. New tickets can be opened at this URL:

See also

External links