Discord started out as a voice chat program for gamers. But it has since grown to become a popular location for hosting text-based forums as well. There are specific Discord servers for all sorts of interests, including games, movies, music, and more.
However, it’s not always easy to find servers to join. If you’re new to Discord, you might be wondering where to start. Here are all the best ways you can find the best Discord servers that match your interests.
1. Find Servers Using the Discord Server Directory
Whether you’re using the Discord webapp or the Discord app on your phone, look in the far-left column. Under the icons for the servers you are currently a member of, there is a round magnifying glass icon. Click on this and you’ll be taken to the official Discord server directory.
The homepage of the directory shows you some of the most popular servers, like the Official Fortnite server or the Official Minecraft server. These servers have hundreds of thousands of members and are among the largest on Discord.
If you want to check out a server, hover over its name and you’ll see a blue button that says View. Click this to be taken to the server, which you can look through before deciding if you want to join. If you like what you see, you can join the server by clicking Join Server at the bottom of the screen. Or click Back to Discovery to be taken back to the server directory.
You can also use the search bar in the directory to search for servers dedicated to particular topics. Or you can use the drop-down menu to search for servers in a particular language.
2. Find Discord Servers Using the Disboard Website
Another way to find the best Discord servers is to use the Disboard website. Disboard has a list of Discord servers for all types of topics, including many gaming communities and anime and manga fanbases. It also lists servers for topics like music, technology, movies, memes, and roleplay.
To find a server, you can browse the Disboard directory using the Categories and Popular Tags on the main page. Categories are listed in pale blue, and popular tags are listed in green. Click on a topic to bring up a list of Discord servers related to that topic.
Once you click a topic, you’ll see more information about each listed server, like its name, a starred user review rating, a description of the server, and how many people are currently online. You’ll also see a flag to indicate the language of the server and an icon at the bottom if it is a server which allows NSFW content.
Alternatively, you can add a term to the search bar to search for servers related to that topic. Or, for more personal recommendations, click on Reviews at the top to see user reviews of different servers.
When you find a server you like the look of, click the Join this server button at the bottom of the posting and you’ll be taken to an invite page from which you can enter the server.
3. Find Servers Using the DiscordMe Website
Another website which offers a list of Discord servers is Discord.me. This site leans slightly more towards listing anime servers, but there are plenty of listings for gaming, entertainment, and social categories as well.
To find a server, you can browse the most popular servers from the home page. Or use the Categories drop-down menu at the top of the page to search for a server by category, like anime, crypto, eSports, education, or gaming. Click on a category name to be taken to a list of the top servers in that category.
There’s also a fun Random feature in the left hand menu, accessed by clicking on the three horizontal lines in the top-left. This will take you to information about a random server from the directory.
You’ll see some servers listed as Platinum or Gold with a banner in the top-left. But don’t worry, as a user you do not have to pay to access any server. The platinum or gold designations indicate the server owner has paid to promote their server on Discord.me but you can still access it for free.
Once you have clicked on a server name you’ll see information about its categories, information about the server, and a banner image. Click on Join Server to be taken to the Discord invite page from which you can access the server.
4. Find Discord Servers From Your Favorite Websites
Another option for finding servers is to look for servers run by your favorite websites or tech influencers.
For example, popular technology forum Linus Tech Tips has its own Discord Server with information about hardware, gaming, and more. Other sites have exclusive Discord servers for particular groups of fans, such as Patreon supporters.
Many Twitch streamers have their own Discord servers as well, which can be a fun way to meet other people who are into the same games as you. Have a look around sites you visit regularly to see if they mention a Discord server.
5. How to Find Private Discord Servers
As well as public servers, there are also private Discord servers which require an invitation for you to join. You can often find invites to private servers on other social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, or Steam.
These servers typically have between 50 and 500 users, so they’re much smaller than the big public servers. That means they’re less active, but they can also have a better sense of community. If you find big servers to be impersonal or filled with drama, then a smaller private server might be more to your tastes.
If you’re looking for gaming servers, then Reddit is a good place to search. You’ll find a link like http://discord.gg/GlobalOffensive which you can click and you’ll be taken to a landing page. Click on Accept Invite to be taken to the server.
Once you arrive in a server, check out the rules and guidelines. Some private servers will require you to message a mod or confirm you have read the rules before you’re given access to the rest of the channels.
Find the Best Discord Servers for Your Interests
There are Discord servers out there for almost any interest you can think of, and you can use these methods to find one that suits you.
If you’re a gamer using Discord, you might also want to check out Discord’s Steam-style game store which hosts a variety of games for you to play.