An ambitious open ecosystem for decentralised, encrypted communication.

What is Matrix?

Matrix is an open standard for interoperable, decentralised, 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.org 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.

What is Matrix’s Mission?

Matrix’s initial goal is to fix the problem of fragmented IP communications: letting users message and call each other without having to care what app the other user is on - making it as easy as sending an email.

The longer term goal is for Matrix to act as a generic HTTP messaging and data synchronisation system for the whole web - allowing people, services and devices to easily communicate with each other securely, and empowering users to own and control their data and select the services and vendors they want to use.

What does this mean for users?

The aim is to provide an analogous ecosystem to email - one where you can communicate with pretty much anyone, without caring what app or server they are using, using whichever app & server you chose to use, and use a neutral identity system like an e-mail address or phone number to discover people to talk to.

How is Matrix currently being used?

Lots of different clients have already been written by the community, as well as several bridges to existing services (IRC, Slack, libpurple etc). In fact, a user visiting #matrix on freenode might be communicating with Gitter or Slack users via Matrix - without even realising it!

Recent work on Matrix includes E2E encryption (see FOSDEM 2017 talks below), embeddable widgets, Communities and Dendrite!

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Technologies

  • golang
  • ios
  • android
  • python
  • react

Topics

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Matrix.org 2018 Projects

  • Valentin D.
    Adding End-To-End Encryption to matrix-python-sdk
    Goal This project aims at fully implementing end-to-end encryption in matrix-python-sdk, following the official implementation guide and making use...
  • APwhitehat
    Dendrite: Achieve feature completion of Federation and Typing Server
    Dendrite is a matrix server built in GO. It's known that our state of the art Synapse is reaching it's limits in terms of performance. Dendrite is an...
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