OpenMRS Implementers' Guide

Getting Help from the OpenMRS Community

A 2011 meeting of the OpenMRS community in Kigali, Rwanda. 

OpenMRS is supported by a vibrant community. Whether you need help installing, using, updating or extending OpenMRS, you can find help in a variety of places.


OpenMRS ID is an account used to participate in most of the community resources to support implementers and developers, and is required to use most of the tools on this page. Learn more about OpenMRS ID and sign up online

OpenMRS Wiki

Documentation for OpenMRS is available in the wiki.

You can find information for users and developers, as well as details of shared modules and other resources.

You can search for information in the wiki using the search bar at the top of the page. Alternatively, use the links on the left of the page to navigate to the relevant section.

If you find an error in the information on the wiki, please correct it if you can! If you do not already have an OpenMRS ID, you can register for free using the Sign Up link at the top of the page. After logging in, you will see an Edit button at the top of most pages. Click this button, make your changes, and click Save. If you are not certain about making an edit, just leave a comment on the page with your questions or concerns. We appreciate your help!

Mailing lists

Information about the OpenMRS mailing lists, including details on how to subscribe, and archives of past messages, are available at the following URL.

The implementers mailing list is a community mailing list for people using, considering using, or otherwise interested in OpenMRS. You can ask questions, seek advice, and learn from others on the mailing list. Search the archives for similar problems before you post - someone else may have already answered your questions!

OpenMRS Answers

OpenMRS Answers is an exciting way to ask questions about installing and using OpenMRS, and to get answers from others in the community. 

It provides an alternative to mailing lists and IRC, and has a system of voting, badges, and points that allows you to compete with others. An OpenMRS ID is required to log in you can participate. OpenMRS Answers focuses on finding specific answers to specific questions. Brief discussions can be conducted in the comments, but most discussions should be held on the mailing lists (see above).


Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a protocol for real-time Internet chat. The OpenMRS community use the #OpenMRS chat room on

For more information on how to connect to IRC visit:

All IRC discussions are logged and available online.

Having trouble?

If you have problems with your OpenMRS ID, or with any of the tools listed above, please open a support desk ticket and someone will respond to your issue.

If you are not able to log in when creating the ticket, please remember to include your name and contact information.