11 Best Free and Open Source Matrix Clients

Last Updated on May 25, 2022

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.

The standard can integrate with standard web services via WebRTC, facilitating browser-to-browser applications.

Matrix provides:

  • Open Standard HTTP APIs for transferring JSON messages (e.g. instant messages, WebRTC signalling), including:
  • Client<->Server API – defines how Matrix compatible clients communicate with Matrix home servers.
  • Server<->Server API – defines how Matrix home servers exchange messages and synchronise history with each other.
  • Application Service API – defines how to extend the functionality of Matrix with ‘integrations’ and bridge to other networks.
  • Modules – specifies features that must be implemented by particular classes of clients.
  • Lots of 3rd party contributions of clients, SDKs, servers and services.

Here’s our verdict with our legendary rating chart. Every program is published under an open source license.

Best Free and Open Source Matrix Clients

Let’s explore the 11 Matrix Clients at hand. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources.

Matrix Clients
ElementGlossy client with an emphasis on performance and usability
NeoChatFork of Spectral
FractalMatrix client for GNOME
nhekoDesktop client using Qt and C++
SpectralGlossy native client designed with simplicity in mind
QuaternionQt5-based IM client
GomuksTerminal Matrix client written in Go
MirageFancy, customizable, keyboard-operable Matrix chat client
FluffyChatMulti-platform Matrix client with a simple and clean user interface
SchildiChatMatrix client / Element Web/Desktop fork
SyphonPrivacy centric Matrix client
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