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List of Matrix servers

January 29, 2021 — Tatsumoto

Matrix is a FLOSS protocol for open federated instant messaging. Matrix ecosystem consists of many servers which can be used for registration. This is a list of Matrix servers for people who ask what server to choose to register on.

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

If you are new to Matrix, read Matrix quickstart guide.


Matrix.org users

If you already have an account hosted on Matrix.org, please deactivate your account and create a new account on another homeserver immediately. 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.

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How to choose

Choose a server that doesn't engage in chaotic account or room purges. Being on such a homeserver is no different from being on Discord. If a homeserver has rules, read them to check if they're unreasonably strict. Keep an eye on the usual things that tend to stink. For example, if a homeserver is trying to suppress certain political opinions, restrict you from posting certain types of content or otherwise impose authoritarian environment.

Recommendations

Ideally you would host your own homeserver on your own hardware, but not everyone can do that. This section contains homeservers hand-picked by me and trusted third-parties. With a 🏆 I marked servers that have received a trophy of recognition from the Matrix HQ team.

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

Other servers

Sorted list

Explore the sorted list here.

Selection criteria.

  • Open registration
  • Domain length
  • Up-to-date version of Synapse

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 behind cloudflare or because your room can't be reached via matrix.to.

To link a room append #/room/#your_room:example.com to the instance's Element address, like this: https://matrix.dalek.zone/#/room/#djtspace.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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