Public sessions

If you are hosting a public session, you can announce it on a listing server by checking the Announce checkbox in the Host dialog. The default listing server is the one here at You can also set up your own listing server.

You can join an announced session directly from Drawpile by clicking on the Find button in the Join dialog.

Session announcement works by sending a notification to the listing server and updating it while the session is live. An announcement will be removed if it has not been updated for a few minutes.

Note. If you announce a public, non password-protected drawing session containing adult content, please add a tag, such as 18+, to the title.

Public server

A free to use server is available at To host a session there, select the Remote option in the Host dialog and enter in the text box.

Note that the service is provided free of charge, but since servers and bandwidth cost money, the number of simultaneous sessions and maximum size is limited to something reasonable. The public server is provided primarily for the benefit of those who are unable to host sessions on their own computers.

Before using the server, please read these terms of use:

Violating these rules may result in an IP ban.

(If the lack of privacy bothers you, take a look at the session encryption design document to see what’s planned for version 2.1 to fix this.)

Beta server

The 2.0 beta server is available at

Please give it a try and report any bugs you might encounter. Once version 2.0 is ready, it will replace the current 1.0.6 version as the stable release.