Ares Galaxy Chat Portal

Meet cool people from all over the world! Chat with the Ares community now!

To join a chatroom click Mobile or Desktop web interface below!

Mobile Chat

Desktop Chat

The web chat ib0t Mobile or Desktop will open in a new tab.
For the desktop version please click the lower right button which looks like this: to enter your username before joining rooms.

Room Hosts: If you would like me to add your room to the list, join a room and PM TekWiz.

Note: For another ib0t interface with a full list of rooms please visit:

Ares Galaxy began as a file sharing and chat network. Spun off the Gnutella network in 2002 it’s based on a decentralized supernode/leaf network. The original Ares Galaxy software is available for free from Sourceforge: (Watch out for counterfeit versions which demand payment!) However as filesharing has lost popularity, Ares Galaxy as become more of a p2p chat network and a few chat/server clients have been produced by devoted fans. The most popular server/client combination is sb0t and sb0t. sb0t being the chat server and cb0t being the chat client. More recently a web-friendly ib0t has become more popular with desktop and mobile versions. ibot and cb0t have no file sharing capabilities but cb0t does work as a music player which plays songs and lists them in the chatroom with the appropriate script. cb0t and sb0t are available here: You can use ib0t here or on These programs are now maintained by a genius programmer, Ares veteran, Hollow87.

A Study of Online Communities

MISSION STATEMENT: To provide insight into the phenomenon of online communities such as Ares, such as understanding how anonymity of individuals makes a well-functioning community difficult to achieve and how it differs from real-world societies/relationships.

One day I stumbled upon a virtual community called Ares. I never visited a “chatroom” before, except some hacker IRC rooms many years ago. One day I read some blog where something called Ares was mentioned. I thought I would try it. I found it carried thousands of chatrooms.

At first I didn’t appreciate the significance of it but eventually I realized that many people are actually living their lives in front of a computer screen, interacting with dozens of people in real time, making friendships, loving, hating and fighting, and experiencing all the same types of emotions experienced in real life but at a much faster pace than ever possible before… These were actually virtual towns with “regular” citizens! Each room has a different character, style and mood. Some rooms are very busy with dozens of “roomies” and random visitors constantly entering, and some are very quiet with a small “base” of regular users “regs”. The rooms also have a social order. The hosts/co-hosts, and different levels of administrators with some having more power than others, and of course the regs and visitors which have no control over the room. Control means the ability to “muzzle”, “kill” and “ban”. So usually there is no “free speech”. You are bound by the rules of the room which are usually posted when you enter, and the attitude/mood of the admins/hosts. Unless you are an admin or host you have to watch what you say. Room hosts/admins know each other so you can create a bad reputation for yourself in many rooms if a few people don’t like you. Some admins have that status in many rooms. Many have spent several years on ares, so they are highly dedicated to their “job.”