Introduction to Matrix — Free & Open Source messenger with audio/video calls as Skype/Viber/Slack Alternative

Matrix – open source protocol for online communications: text chats, media: images, sounds; audio and video calls over WebRTC (browser-to-browser connections). Protocol was introduced in 2014 and now have some popularity. Matrix also support open HTTP APIs and work with messages in JSON format between server federations – a lot of servers with specified Matrix software. Guess your qestion – yes, you can also setup your personal server with Matrix.

Today exist the many popular instant messaging platforms: Skype, Viber, WhatsApp, XMPP, IRC etc. Why Matrix is better? Let’s talk about core features:

  • decentralization – one conference don’t use one server
  • good audio and video calls without pain
  • works nice with bad and slow network connections
  • chats history synchronization on server side
  • multiple synchronous logins (for example: smartphone, desktop, laptop)
  • web integration and open API
  • seamless clients switching
  • totally open source and not requiring any payment

Clients. You can use Matrix on each device with browser and internet connections.

Matrix.org Web client

Vector Web client

Android client

iOS client

Weechat plugin for Linux, OS X and Windows.

Some interests services for Matrix: Synapse – homeserver from Matrix.org Team, Matrix.org IRC Bridge, OpenMarket’s SMS Gateway, Project Clearwater / Matrix Gateway.

And remember:

Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.

Neo: What truth?

Spoon boy: There is no spoon.

Neo: There is no spoon?

Spoon boy: Then you’ll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

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