Matrix is an open standard for interoperable, decentralised, real-time communications. KDE is officially using Matrix for collaboration within the community, superseding more antiquated and closed source services. Matrix is an open protocol and network for decentralized communication, backed by an open standard and open source reference implementations for servers, clients, client SDKs, bridges, bots and more. It provides all the features you would expect from a modern chat system: infinite scrollback, file transfer, typing notifications, read receipts, presence, search, push notifications, stickers, VoIP calling and conferencing, etc. It even provides end-to-end encryption (based on Signal’s double ratchet algorithm) for when you want some privacy.
Furthermore, Matrix natively supports bridges to other protocols, such as IRC (the official KDE messaging channel). This means that you can use a Matrix client to join and use IRC channels like if they were Matrix rooms.
If you'd rather skip reading this long wiki page and just want to start with a list of popular and common matrix rooms, you'll be interested in the KDE Matrix Space: https://matrix.to/#/!OTxETzuhBDbnPqBqbP:kde.org?via=kde.org&via=matrix.org&via=fam-ribbers.com
You can chat using your web browser and visiting KDE's webchat or you can use a desktop or mobile client. Here is a list of clients for your desktop or mobile devices.
KDE also features its own client, NeoChat.
Registering and Logging in
On the web
THIS IS THE RECOMMENDED WAY OF REGISTERING YOUR ACCOUNT.
Even if you plan on using a desktop or mobile client later, register through the web chat since it uses all the correct defaults to get a :kde.org account.
- Visit KDE's online webchat
- Locate the Create Account button. Press it.
- Choose a cool nickname and set your password. You can include an email if you ever need to recover your password, but this is optional. Click Register.
That's it! You can start chatting with members of KDE's community.
Using the Element desktop client
Download the desktop client from Element's website. APT repositories with Debian/Ubuntu packages are provided. Your mileage may vary for other distributions. The latest stable version number is listed on Element's GitHub releases page and is the version number you should aim for.
Registration is the same process as the steps above.
Homeserver URL: https://kde.modular.im (if you would like a Matrix account on KDE's Modular homeserver)
Using the Element client for mobile
Currently Element only supports having one account
In Signin/Register select the Use custom server options (Advanced) option to set the following
- Home server: https://kde.modular.im
- Identity server: https://vector.im (not required on Element(Android). Other OSes please confirm)
There is also a client for iOS available from Apple's App Store.
On Plasma Mobile you can use NeoChat.
Check back often as we will be adding new rooms as we go.
New to KDE? Start here and find out what this is all about.
General KDE channel
Share your experience with the KDE community.
- Plasma Desktop: Find out more about KDE's desktop environment here.
- Plasma Mobile: Plasma Mobile developers, users and other interested people
System applications, frameworks and other operating systems
Distribution-centered KDE rooms
- Debian KDE
- Fedora KDE
- Gentoo KDE
- KDE for FreeBSD
- KDE neon
- KDE neon (Offtopic Room)
- Kubuntu (Spanish Community)
- openSUSE KDE
- Ubuntu Studio
- Ubuntu Studio (Offtopic Room)
For (potential) contributors
- Development: KDE developers discuss technical stuff here.
- VDG: Visual designers and Graphic artists discuss the look and feel of KDE software here.
- Promo: The people from the work group that does promotion and communication with the outside world hang out here.
- KDE Multimedia: KDE Multimedia developers.
- KDE Web: Managing websites and displaying the best the KDE Community has to offer.
- KDE Games: For the suite of KDE games
- Localization: The main localization team for all your translation needs.
- Bugsquad: The main room for bug reporters, testers and triagers.
Here is a list of individual applications that have their own Matrix rooms:
- Akonadi: The personal information management framework
- Amarok (still being ported): A classic music player
- Artikulate: Train your pronunciation!
- Basket: For discussing the multi-purpose note-taking application.
- Calligra: Previously known as the KOffice Suite
- Cantor: Frontend for mathematical software
- GCompris: Educational software for children
- KDE Connect: Connects all your devices
- KDE Partition Manager: KDE Partition Manager and KPMcore.
- KEXI: Manage your databases
- KMyMoney: Manage your finances
- KPhotoAlbum: Manage your photo collection
- KStars: View constellations from your computer
- Kalendar: A calendar application using Akonadi to sync with external services
- Kate: The advanced plain text editor
- Kdenlive: The room where we discuss KDE's professional video editor.
- Kirogi: Control drones
- Kontact: The Akonadi-based PIM suite
- Konversation: A user-friendly IRC client
- Latte Dock: A dock for the masses
- Marble: The map/globe viewer with OpenStreetMap integration
- Okular: The most powerful OSS PDF reader
- Partition Manager: The official KDE partition manager
- Subtitle Composer: The configurable subtitle editor/translator
- Yakuake: A fancy drop-down terminal
Events and goals
- KDE Season of Code
- KDE Season of Docs
- KDE Accessibility
- KDE Quality
- KDE Women
- KDE EDU
- FOSDEM 2020
- KDE Goal: It's all about the apps
- KDE is Privacy
- KDE Russia
- KDE Brazil
- KDE Japan
- KDE Netherlands
- KDE Belgium
- KDE Iran
- KDE Portugal
- KDE China
- KDE Italia
- KDE Germany
- KDE Greece
- KDE Argentina
- KDE Spain
- KDE for spanish-speaking users
- KDE Latin America
- KDE France
- KDE for french-speaking users
How to Add Your Existing IRC Channel as Room
- /join #_freenode_#YOUR_CHANNEL:kde.org
- On the IRC side you need to OP your matrix user, so either use a temporary nick on Matrix, or add multiple nicks to your IRC identity and use a different one on Matrix and IRC, or have a fellow OP give you OP privileges
- Setup a local alias for kde.org via the matrix room settings
- Leave room again
- Join via local alias e.g. /join #YOUR_CHANNEL
- Everyone can now join your room via the #YOUR_CHANNEL locally and #YOUR_CHANNEL:kde.org in the Matrix
Where you can setup the alias depends on the client you use. For webchat.kde.org it'll look a bit like this:
You may additionally want to mark the room as published in the directory (so one can search for it) and set the KDE flair +kde:kde.org (so a fancy KDE flair will get shown; currently not set up). Both settings on webchat.kde.org are immediately after the room settings where you created the local room alias.
Why should I use the Matrix IRC bridge?
Your IRC nickname will be available 24/7 and other people will be able to ping or contact you even if you are away from your computer. This can also be achieved by using an IRC bouncer, but Matrix has several advantages:
- Matrix provides unlimited chat history, an IRC bouncer doesn't.
- The Matrix IRC bridge is much easier to setup than an IRC bouncer.
- The Matrix reference client (Element) can be used from smartphones.
How does it compare with IrcsomeBot?
IrcsomeBot is a Telegram bot that can bridge a Telegram group with an IRC channel. However there are the following shortcomings:
- A KDE sysadmin needs to setup the bridge between each room/channel. Matrix instead supports out of the box any freenode channel (and also other IRC networks).
- IrcsomeBot is the only nickname that joins the IRC channel and forwards the messages sent from Telegram on behalf of their senders. Matrix instead performs a native bridging between the two protocols and creates a real IRC user that joins the IRC channel. Other people will be able to keep the usual IRC workflow with your bridged nickname (
/query, etc.). In fact, they won't even know that you are using the Matrix bridge instead of a classic IRC client.
How do I join an IRC channel?
You can search or browse IRC channels from Element. Just type the name of the channel you want to join and you are done.
If your favorite matrix client doesn't have a similar feature, you can join any freenode channel by joining the following Matrix room:
For example, if you want to join the #kde-devel IRC channel, just type:
How do I change my IRC nickname?
By default, the IRC bridge will use your matrix display name to generate an IRC nickname (ending with -M). If you don't like the default nickname, you can change it by sending the following command to the
@freenode-irc:kde.org bot (you will need first to start a private conversation with the bot):
How do I join an IRC channel that requires registered nicknames?
Start by opening a direct chat with NickServ. For freenode, that's
@_freenode_NickServ:kde.org. Then send it a message of format:
identify [<nickname>] <password>
— where nickname is optional assuming you are identifying for your current nickname.
To make the bridge store your credentials and log in automatically, in direct chat with the
@freenode-irc:kde.org you can use the !storepass <string> command to save a string that is sent in PASS command when your IRC-presence connects.
With freenode you can use:
How do I change my away status?
@freenode-irc:kde.org bot accepts raw IRC commands. To set the away status use:
!cmd AWAY <away_message>
!cmd AWAY Sleeping
To remove the away status just use:
You can also ask questions related to matrix in #kde-matrix-support / #kde-matrix-support:kde.org