The Compact Infrared Free Electron Laser (CIRFEL) was built as part of a joint collaboration between Northrop Grumman and Princeton University to develop FEL's for use by researchers in the materials, medical and physical sciences. The CIRFEL was designed to laser in the Mid-IR and Far-IR regimes with picosecond pulses, megawatt level peak powers and an average power of a few watts. The CIRFEL utilizes an RF photocathode gun to produce high-brightness time synchronized electron bunches. The micropulse separation is 7 nsec which allows a number of relaxation phenomena to be observed. In addition, the photocathode illumination laser can be used in combination with the FEL IR light for pump- probe experiments. The CIRFEL is presently being commissioned and working towards lasing. The present status of the machine is presented.