Hibernate is first and foremost an open source community. Code, issues and discussions are in the open and each project is released under an open source license.

Ask questions & find answers

If you have a question regarding one of our projects, the following resources will help you finding the answer:


Best to first check the documentation. Yes it sounds boring, but knowing a tool makes the difference.

Stack Overflow

After the documentation, probably the best place to look for answers. We actively monitor the following tags:
hibernate hibernate-search hibernate-validator hibernate-ogm


If your question doesn’t fit the Stack Overflow format, our forum is here for you. Come join us and discuss! We have a category for each project:
Hibernate ORM Hibernate Search Hibernate Validator Hibernate OGM


The wiki nicely complements the reference documentation and is improved by the community at large.


If you prefer live conversations (we do), join the Hibernate User help room, powered by HipChat.

NOTE: HipChat provides history, but only for registered users - and only back as far as their registration date. Also, bear in mind that people who can help answer your questions may not even see that message for hours - be patient for a reply (or register and be able to come back and see replies later). If you prefer anonymous/guest access, go to Hibernate User (guest access) instead

IRC user channel

The IRC channels have largely been replaced by HipChat rooms (see above). Still, lots of community members (and developers occasionally) hang out in the #hibernate IRC channel on Freenode.

Stay connected & up to date


The Hibernate team maintains a team blog where we announce the latest releases, describe new features and discuss Hibernate in general.

Announcement mailing list

Very low volume list for general announcements such as release notifications.


You know, like a twitter account.

Google +

Links of and around the community are posted there.


There are many forms of contribution, from helping other users on the forum, to opening qualified issues, writing documentation or providing code patches.

If you want to know more, look through one of these avenues:

Issue tracker

JIRA is where all tasks are reported and tracked. In particular look for the ones marked suitable for new contributors.

Development mailing list

Discussion list for developers to brainstorm ideas. Between JIRA and this mailing, you will not miss any discussion.


The Hibernate team maintains multiple development-oriented HipChat rooms, one per project. Access to these channels is restricted to regsitered users via invitation. It’s free to register (need sign-up url).

IRC development channel

Join the development channel on Freenode where Hibernate developers and contributors discuss development of Hibernate. To join #hibernate-dev you will have to register your nickname. Just follow the instructions on Freenode.

Note that HipChat (see above) has largely replaced IRC as the place where dev discussions occur.


It’s all code in the end. Even this website is on a GitHub hosted repo. Follow what we do on GitHub and open pull requests for your contributions. We loooove pull requests :-)


Hibernate commits mailing list

Source control commit notifications.

Hibernate issues notification mailing list

Automatic notifications from issue tracking (JIRA).

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