COVID-19 and Discourse

The world is in the midst of a global pandemic. I'm sure you've seen a lot of these messages, so we'll get right to the point.

As a completely free open source tool for coordinating online work, Discourse can possibly help:

  • For accredited schools, universities, doctors, and any other credentialed experts who are working to combat COVID-19 we are offering a three month free business hosting trial. Please email us at to ensure eligibility first. At the end of that three month free period we'll work with you to make sure things go smoothly. We're here to help.
  • If you need assistance setting up or operating your COVID-19 Discourse community, read through the Calling Out for Volunteer Community Managers topic. Feel free to PM a volunteer near your time zone for possible assistance -- but remember you can't PM until you achieve trust level 1, which will take a bit of reading.
  • If you wish to host yourself, Discourse is forever 100% free open source software. The minimum system requirements are a $5 per month VPS. If you would prefer someone else take on setup, follow the links at the bottom of our 30 minute setup guide.

If we work together, we can all get through this.

We hope you stay safe with your loved ones.