Decentralized & federated IM, Audio and Video (Matrix)

1. What is the Matrix?

Unlike Morpheus, we can show you what the Matrix is.

Matrix is an open standard for interoperable, decentralized, real-time communication over IP. It can be used to power Instant Messaging, VoIP/WebRTC signalling, Internet of Things communication - or anywhere you need a standard HTTP API for publishing and subscribing to data whilst tracking the conversation history.

Matrix defines the standard, and provides open source reference implementations of Matrix-compatible Servers, Clients, Client SDKs and Application Services to help you create new communication solutions or extend the capabilities and reach of existing ones.

For more detailed info see here.

2. How to access the Matrix

We recommend the Riot client to access the Matrix as a less painful alternative to plugging into the Matrix. You can download Riot for Desktops from here and is available in the Play store and App store for Android and iOS respectively.

3. Setting up your FreedomBox for Matrix

To enable Matrix, first navigate to the Federated IM, VoIP and Video server (matrix-synapse) page and install it. Matrix needs a valid domain name to be configured. If its not, you will be asked to configure it. After that a drop down menu of the available domains will be show and one needs to be selected.

After the page reload and under Status you will see that the service is running.

The service will be accessible on the configured FreedomBox domain. All the registered users will have their usernames as @username:domain.

4. Federating with other Matrix instances

Any other person running another Matrix instance can be added to this particular Matrix instance by using their matrix ID which is of the format @username:domain.

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