Sometimes posting a message isn't necessary, and you want to chat in real time. Campfire is the place to be!

Every Project has its own Campfire room. To enter a Campfire, open the Project and click on the Campfire window.

Project page with arrow pointing to Campfire card

Scroll up in a chat window to view what you missed. When you want to add a comment, type your text at the bottom of the window and hit enter.

Campfire page

You can also drag and drop saved images, or paste image URLs into a chat line — perfect for all those cat and Beyoncé gifs you need to share with the team.

To grab someone’s attention in Campfire, you can @mention them by typing the @ symbol followed by their name. They’ll receive a notification for the mention.

Campfire with open @mention menu

To stay current in specific campfires, click Follow at the top right of the window.

Crop of Campfire page focused around 'Following' button

If you need to delete a post, click on "•••" next to the time stamp above your post.

Campfire item with arrow pointing to hover overflow menu

A red trash can will appear next to your post! Click on that to delete the post. (Note: you can only delete your own posts.)

Campfire item with arrow pointing to trash button

You'll see a counter next to the Campfires menu for new posts to the Campfires you're following. Click on that notification icon to see which Campfire rooms have new posts, and then on a Campfire name to go directly to that chat. To stop following a Campfire, click the following button.

Campfire menu

Campfire supports the sounds listed here. Impress (startle?) your friends! You don't need codes to use emoji in Basecamp 3, though! On a Mac, use control + command + space bar to pull up emoji. In Windows, look for the keyboard icon in the Windows taskbar in the lower right corner.

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