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List of Matrix servers

January 29, 2021 — Tatsumoto

Matrix is a FLOSS protocol for open federated instant messaging. It is used in our Japanese learning community as an alternative to proprietary software such as Discord. Matrix ecosystem consists of many servers which can be used for registration. Since many people joining us ask what server to choose, I've made a list.

To use Matrix, install a client first. One of the most popular clients is Element.


Matrix.org users

If you already have an account hosted on Matrix.org, please create a new account on another homeserver before you join any of our rooms. Matrix.org is the largest Matrix homeserver, and most Matrix apps suggest it by default. Many users new to Matrix end up using this server because they don't know that other servers exist. Unfortunately, Matrix.org is far from the best choice. Due to its absurdly strict rules, the server is known for frequent bans of rooms and user accounts, and it does so without prior notice. Basically, Matrix.org uses its size and special status to impose censorship.

Luckily, changing Matrix homeservers is as easy as switching Email providers. Below I have a list of servers with less strict terms of service.

registration

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Recommendations

Not all the servers may be open for registration at any point of time.

Other servers

Selection criteria

  • No CloudFlare
  • Open registration, obviously
  • Sorted by domain length
  • Up-to-date version of Matrix
  • Web client availability

A separate list for servers that can be used to link rooms. This is very useful if you want to share a room with someone but don't want to use element.io or matrix.to because they are cuckflared.

To link a room append #/room/#your_room:example.com to the instance's Element address, like this: https://nerdsin.space/#/room/#djt:g33k.se.

With Element

These servers have Element. It's a web application that you can use to chat without having to use a desktop client.

Without Element

These Matrix servers don't offer the web interface, but you can still register an account. Install one of the clients listed on Arch Wiki, press "create account", then find advanced options and change the server from the default to the one you want.

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