Why not matrix.org?

Matrix could be described as what happens when email, instant messaging and encryption meet. To be able to use Matrix, you need a Matrix account which is provided by... a provider! The matrix accounts identifiers look like @username:example.com. People on different providers can talk to one another, in the same way you can send emails to someone using another email provider.

Matrix.org is the largest, free provider of Matrix accounts. Many people have an identifier like @username:matrix.org. This also means that the Matrix.org servers are crowded. Using your own provider as an individual can not only make your Matrix experience snappier, but also give you access to a set of pre-configured bridges to talk to friends on other networks such as Signal or WhatsApp.

Organisations and community managers will be interested in providers for two main reasons: they can proudly display their identity with their own domain in username and rooms identifiers, and their administrators remain in control of the data of their organisation.

The following providers have been brought to the attention of the Matrix.org Foundation. Please note that the Matrix.org Foundation doesn't endorse them, nor provides any warranties for using them.

Known providers

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Element Matrix Services

Operating since 2018

Brought to you by the creators of Matrix, who have been running the biggest homeserver in the network since 2014. Every homeserver comes with a custom instance of Element.

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Operating since 2020

Zero Carbon Matrix is provided by ungleich.ch in Switzerland, in their own Datacenter (datacenterlight.ch) with a strong focus on sustainability. Operating within a repurposed historic building, they utilise pre-owned server systems, passive cooling techniques, and 100% renewable energy. ungleich.ch also specialises in customised Matrix development for communities and organisations.

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Operating since TBC

  • Setup of hosted Homeserver on any hosting by your choice
  • Setup of hosted integrations (full list available on website)
  • Setup of additional services (wireguard, languagetool, miniflux, etc.)
  • Ongoing maintenance of host & Matrix components
  • Email services for your domain

That service will create your Matrix Homeserver on your domain and server (doesn't matter if it's cloud provider or on an old laptop in the corner of your room), (optional) maintains it (server's system updates, cleanup, security adjustments, tuning, etc.; Matrix Homeserver updates & maintenance) and (optional) provide full-featured email service for your domain.

Matrix Space | Announcements on Matrix

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Operating since TBC

  • Hosted Homeservers

Ossrox is a company from Germany dedicated to hosting open-source services. Not only has the company name been derived from the motto "Open-Source Software Rocks", but also their corporate culture. The three most important principles of the company are security, privacy and sustainability - thanks to open-source software. In addition to Matrix, Ossrox also provides many other solutions e.g. in the messaging, groupware and web meeting segments.

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Federated Computer

Operating since 2022

  • Hosted Homeservers

Federated Computer provides Element and Matrix hosting as part of a team collaboration suite (including Nextcloud, Jitsi, Listmonk, Vaultwarden, Baserow, Gitea, Caddy, Castopod, Wireguard, and single-sign-on LDAP).

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