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This Week in Matrix 2021-12-03

2021-12-03 — This Week in Matrix — Thib

The Adventures of TWIM bot

One thing you might not know is that TWIM bot is a space traveler, sent by the Matrix scientists to explore that zone called "The Possibilities". The #twim:matrix.org room is a portal to its energy tank, and we had received a distress signal!

To help the TWIM explorer fulfil its mission, we asked the Matrix community to fuel it with news before it crashed into space debris made of aggregated ignorance!

This week again, the community has been very active and explored many possibilities of the Matrix universe!

Matrix Live 🎙

For this week's Matrix Live my guest is Amandine and we're discussing how Element and 50 other organisations are trying to shape the future of EU's law for more interoperability. Bonus point: we have a double bridge demo with Matrix, Slack and Telegram!

Dept of Status of Matrix 🌡️

FOSDEM!

This year, the Matrix.org Foundation is excited to host the first ever Matrix.org Foundation and Community devroom at FOSDEM. A full day of talks, demos and workshops around Matrix itself and projects built on top of Matrix. Read (and answer to) our Call for Partipactions!

Finnish Admins to the Rescue

cos says

A group of Finnish Matrix admins have set up a free homeserver for Finnish public called pikaviestin.fi (literally instant messenger dot fi). It offers a bunch of bridges and registration requires an e-mail address in one of Finnish e-mail providers or organizations. We welcome all Finns to register there and help decentralize Matrix. Support room can be found at #aula:pikaviestin.fi

That's a fantastic initiative! Kudos to all the sysadmins involved!

Dept of Spec 📜

anoa reports

Here's your weekly spec update! The heart of Matrix is the specification - and this is modified by Matrix Spec Change (MSC) proposals. Learn more about how the process works at https://spec.matrix.org/unstable/proposals.

MSC Status

New MSCs:

MSCs with proposed Final Comment Period:

  • No MSCs entered proposed FCP state this week.

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

Merged MSCs:

  • No MSCs were merged this week.

Spec Updates

The end of the year is drawing to a close. Thus many of the Spec Core Team members are focusing on implementation in order to meet deadlines. Review is still occurring though! As above, we have MSC3419 (allow guests to send more event types). This was born out of next-generation VoIP work, but it should have a positive impact on improving the guest experience in Matrix on the whole.

Otherwise work is still ongoing by Bruno and others on untangling the aggregations MSCs, specifically MSC2675 and MSC2676.

And finally, Alexandre Franke has PR'd some work to allow for matrix.org's OpenAPI spec to be widely available, meaning anyone with a Swagger (or other OpenAPI viewer) client can easily pull it and start sending requests against a Matrix homeserver. Fun times!

Random MSC of the Week

The random spec of the week is... MSC3419: Allow guests to send more event types.

Random numbers, ladies and gentleman.

Dept of Servers 🏢

Synapse

Synapse is the reference homeserver for Matrix

callahad says

Goooood evening TWIM readers!

I want to start by drawing attention to a blog post which we published today: Type coverage for Sydent: motivation. This the first in a series of three articles discussing what we've learned from making Sydent pass the mypy type checker in strict mode. Improving type coverage across Synapse, Sygnal, and Sydent has been a major focus of the backend team at Element for the past few months, and we think we've learned a few useful things in the process.

This week we also released Synapse 1.48 with loads of internal improvements, new Admin APIs, better alignment with the Matrix 1.1 spec, and more. We're planning one more release for the year, 1.49 on December 14th, and then we're taking a break until Synapse 1.50 on January 11th.

Importantly: Synapse 1.49 will be the last release to support Python 3.6, PostrgreSQL 9.6, and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic) — if you're reliant on any of these platforms, please ensure you have plans to upgrade.

Let us know what you think of the article (and the Synapse release!), and we'll see you next week!

Sydent

Sydent is the reference Matrix Identity server. It provides a lookup service, so that you can find a Matrix user via their email address or phone number (if they have chosen to share it).

dmr reports

I've just published a blog post (part one of three) about our efforts to improve Sydent's type coverage. It should hopefully be of interest to anyone who works with Python or is interested in static analysis more generally.

Gitter

madlittlemods (Eric Eastwood) reports

In the vein of Gitter feature parity on Matrix, we've made the first steps towards a better public static archive. We merged an experimental implementation of MSC3030 into Synapse which lets you use the unstable /timestamp_to_event client API endpoint go from a given timestamp to the closest event ID. This will allow us to implement a calendar jump to date interface to be able to navigate to any day in the rooms history. Our first target to add the jump to date UI in is Hydrogen since we plan to server-side render Hydrogen for the actual public static archive as well.

To enable the MSC3030 unstable API endpoints in Synapse, add experimental_features -> msc3030_enabled: true to your homeserver.yaml:

GET /_matrix/client/unstable/org.matrix.msc3030/rooms/<roomID>/timestamp_to_event?ts=<timestamp>&dir=<direction>
{
    "event_id": ...
    "origin_server_ts": ...
}

Also as part of MSC3030, when you use the client API endpoint, if your homeserver sees that the closest event it has locally in the database is next to a gap in the history, it will go out and ask other federated homeservers what they have as the closest event instead.

GET /_matrix/federation/unstable/org.matrix.msc3030/timestamp_to_event/<roomID>?ts=<timestamp>&dir=<direction>
{
    "event_id": ...
    "origin_server_ts": ...
}

*--

MSC2716 to import batches of historical messages is still marching along getting some polishing passes and strengthening the assertions in the Complement tests to make sure things are going absolutely correctly. It's also good to see Beeper utilizing it and catching a few bugs along the way 💪.

Dept of Bridges 🌉

Hookshot

Half-Shot reports very late, to the great despair of TWIM's editor:

Hookshot gets provisioning!

Stop the press. This is a last minute TWIM. We've been beavering away on matrix-hookshot. It's gained many features in the last week, but the big thing is that hookshot has gained the ability to provision connections over a provisioning API, which means it should hook nicely into Dimension (and other integration managers, in the future)!

Other notable features are:

  • Support for multiple webhooks per room
  • Support for the username/text fields on an incoming webhook (slack style)
  • Named webhooks, so each hook now has a sensible displayname
  • The ability to spawn GitHub actions from rooms using the !gh workflow run command
  • Lots of new supported events from GitLab, such as reviews and tag pushes
  • Hosted documentation (so all of the above is easy to setup), it's a bit in progress atm.

We're aiming for a release very very soon, hopefully in the next week or so!

Homeserver Deployment 📥️

Helm Chart

Matrix Kubernetes applications packaged into helm charts

Ananace says

And this week, as a complete and utter surprise, my Helm Charts got updates; with matrix-synapse updated to 1.48.0

Dept of Clients 📱

SchildiChat

SchildiChat is a fork of Element that focuses on UI changes such as message bubbles and a unified chat list for both direct messages and groups, which is a more familiar approach to users of other popular instant messengers.

qg announces

In a new release being published just now we added the possibility to mark rooms as unread also on Web/Desktop (using MSC2867, huge thanks to @alangecker for his PR on Element Web!). This has already been implemented in SchildiChat-Android and is now enabled on both by default.

Nheko

Desktop client for Matrix using Qt and C++17.

Nico says

We finally figured out what caused the issues with the flatpak on GNOME, especially on Arm. It should now work properly, if you use Flathub. On the Pinephone (and other systems, that don't set a locale/use the C locale), timestamps should now not be needlessly long anymore. Redactions got a face-lift to distinguish them better from normal messages. We added a workaround for Synapse not allowing you to leave a banned room. We now delete the room from the room list permanently if Synapse returns "uknown room" when trying to leave it. Spaces can now show the entire hierarchy in the sidebar (if you pull it out) and you can navigate to subspaces by clicking on them in the roomlist, even if you collapsed the space hierarchy in the sidebar.

That's all, now let me bake some cookies! 🍪

FluffyChat

Krille Fear says

Today we have released FluffyChat 1.0.0 with a whole new design, a lot of bug fixes and huge performance improvements.

New design

The new design has bigger message bubbles with fancy shadows and bigger fonts. The contrast has been improved and some elements, like the time on every single message bubble, are now hidden by default. But they are not gone! Detailed message information are now accessible in the new message info page, where we not also can see the message type and the timestamp, but also the whole JSON source code of each timeline event.

Spaces

Spaces have got a lot improvements and bug fixes. They have moved to the bottom bar of the chat list (while this bottom bar is still hidden if you have not joined any space yet). The multi account switcher have instead been moved to a top left drop-down menu. So we finally got rid of the drawer, which seems to be a deprecated material design feature anyway. This new UX makes spaces much easier to use. You can long press on them to go to the space settings and long press on any chat in the chat list, to add or remove a chat to (or from) a space. We still have no support for the spaces summary API though so we don't have yet the ability to discover new rooms inside of a space but this feature might land soon in the Matrix Dart SDK.

Multi Account

FluffyChats multi account is still in beta but got a lot of bug fixes as well. You are now able to sort your accounts in "bundles" which can be very handy. The new account switcher button gives you a much better overview over your connected Matrix accounts now.

Performance

We did a lot refactoring under the hood in our Matrix Dart SDK and have improved our in-app database a lot. On the web it now uses IndexedDB natively while it tunes all database transactions on all platforms. This leads to the fastest FluffyChat experience we ever had and makes the app finally kinda usable with bigger accounts on all platforms. The room list is now lazy loaded which speeds up the app start (especially with multi account enabled) a lot. Choose your own primary color This was a long requested feature. You can now choose your favorite color to style your FluffyChat for your needs:

What will you choose? Let me know in the comments. I mostly like blue on my Ubuntu desktop.

New major version?

Ahhh by the way... What does it mean that we now have FluffyChat 1.0.0? It does NOT mean that the previous versions were not yet stable or ready for daily use. It just means that we make so many changes at once that we thought, bumping the first digit of our pseudo-semver version string might make sense. We totally messed up our versioning and are now going to do it better. Promised!! What's next? We are often asked: What is the roadmap of FluffyChat? Well... we still don't have a clear roadmap and might never have. FluffyChat is completely driven by volunteers. But what I can say that we would like to do in the next months is:

  • Better QA -> We would like to write some integration tests, push release candidates before new releases and involve everyone in testing them to offer the best stability possible.
  • Native video calls -> Yes! There will soon land support for native video calls in the Matrix Dart SDK and we are going to implement this in FluffyChat.
  • Stories -> Like you might know from SnapChat, WhatsApp or Instagram, stories are little messages you can send to all of your contacts and which will disappear after 24 hours. I would really like to implement this in FluffyChat!
  • Better notifications for iOS
  • Deeper support for spaces
  • Knocking feature
  • Drag&Drop for web

But as I said this is what we would like to do. We can't give any warranties on anything. We can only do our best. But you can help us if you like (You don't have to).

The complete changelog for FluffyChat 1.0.0:

  • design: Chat backup dialog as a banner
  • design: Encrypted by design, all users valid is normal not green
  • design: Move video call button to menu
  • design: Display edit marker in new bubbles
  • design: Floating input bar
  • design: Minor color changes
  • design: Move device ID to menu
  • design: Place share button under qr code
  • design: Redesign and simplify bootstrap
  • design: Remove cupertino icons
  • feat: Display typing indicators with gif
  • feat: Fancy chat list loading animation
  • feat: New database backend with FluffyBox
  • feat: Make the main color editable for users
  • feat: Move styles one settings level up
  • feat: Multiple mute, pin and mark unread
  • feat: New chat design
  • feat: New chat details design
  • feat: New Public room bottom sheet
  • feat: New settings design
  • feat: Nicer images, stickers and videos
  • feat: nicer loading bar
  • feat: Open im.fluffychat uris
  • feat: Redesign multiaccounts and spaces
  • feat: Redesign start page
  • feat: Send reactions to multiple events
  • feat: Speed up app start
  • feat: Use SalomonBottomBar
  • feat: Drag&Drop to send multiple files on desktop and web
  • fix: Adjust color
  • fix: Automatic key requests
  • fix: Bootstrap loop
  • fix: Chat background
  • fix: Chat list flickering
  • fix: Contrast in dark mode
  • fix: Crash when there is no prev message
  • fix: Do display error image widget
  • fix: Do not display bottombar in selectmode
  • fix: Dont enable encryption with bots
  • fix: Dont loose selected events
  • fix: Dont rerun server checks
  • fix: download path for saving files
  • fix: Hide FAB in new chat page if textfield has focus
  • fix: Let bottom space bar scroll
  • fix: Load spaces on app start
  • fix: Only mark unread if actually marked
  • fix: Public room design
  • fix: Remove avatar from room
  • fix: Remove broken docker job
  • fix: Report sync status error
  • fix: Self sign while bootstrap
  • fix: Sender name prefix in DM rooms
  • fix: Set room avatar
  • fix: Various multiaccount fixes
  • fix: Wrong version in snap packages

What a massive update! Little birds told me we will hear about FluffyChat very soon!

Element

Everything related to Element but not strictly bound to a client

kittykat says

Threads

  • On Web, work continues on notifications and integration with homeserver APIs to improve user experience.
  • On Mobile, link sharing has been added and work is about to start on notifications.

Polls

  • Polls are nearly ready! If you enable this feature in labs, you can create a poll with several options, and people can vote on it.
  • We’re working on the finishing touches, and the first version of polls will be available in a release (on Element Desktop, Web, Android and iOS) within a few weeks.

Community testing

  • We closed 34 encryption bugs which had been resolved by improvements to the workflows and user interfaces.
  • Due to the overwhelming success with bug squash sessions in the last few weeks, we are making these a regular feature. Our next session will be on Thursday 9 December at 17:00 UTC.
  • For information about upcoming sessions and to join in, join #element-community-testing:matrix.org

Element Web/Desktop

Secure and independent communication, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-web:matrix.org!

kittykat announces

  • In labs, work continues on Information Architecture: new history interaction to replace breadcrumbs
  • We are monitoring and triaging feedback which is submitted through the new feedback UI in the app.
  • Fixed long standing bug around link formatting - links are not formatted as markdown any more.

Element iOS

Secure and independent communication for iOS, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-ios:matrix.org!

kittykat says

  • Analytics: final changes to allow opt-in analytics reporting with PostHog
  • MatrixKit has been integrated into element-ios in preparation for moving to the SwiftUI framework
  • Release Candidates are now scheduled on Tuesdays (previously on Wednesdays) which will bring them in line with Web releases.

Element Android

Secure and independent communication for Android, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-android:matrix.org!

kittykat announces

  • Element 1.3.9 has been submitted to Google: it adds support for voice message drafts and many bug fixes.
  • Starting work on new login flow: the user will be asked if they have an account or want to create one on the very first screen.
  • Analytics (PostHog): implementing the opt-in screen. Should be included in the 1.3.10 release.
  • Release Candidates are now scheduled on Tuesdays (previously on Wednesdays) which will bring them in line with Web releases.

Dept of SDKs and Frameworks 🧰

Trixnity

Multiplatform Kotlin SDK for Matrix

Benedict says

Trixnity, a multiplatform Matrix SDK written in Kotlin, has grown up since the last release 6 month ago! It has it first release candidate for v1.0.0!

If you don't heard about Trixnity: Trixnity aims to be strongly typed, customizable and easy to use. You can register custom events and Trixnity will take care, that you can send and receive that type.

The most exciting thing is the new trixnity-client module. It provides a high level client implementation and allows you to easily implement clients for Desktop, Mobile and Web. You just need to render data from and passing user interactions to Trixnity. The key features are:

  • exchangeable database
  • fast cache on top of the database
  • E2E (olm, megolm)
  • verification
  • room list
  • timelines
  • user and room display name calculation
  • asynchronous message sending without caring about E2E stuff or online status
  • media support (thumbnail generation, offline "upload", etc.)
  • redactions

At the moment, Trixnity only supports JVM in all modules, but JS and Native will follow soon (to be exact: when Kotlin 1.6.10 and ktor 2.0.0 is released). I also implemented the module trixnity-olm, which implements the wrappers of libolm for Kotlin JVM/JS/Native.

Cross signing is one of the next big features, I want to implement.

simplematrixbotlib

simplematrixbotlib is an easy to use bot library for the Matrix ecosystem written in Python and based on matrix-nio.

krazykirby99999 reports

Version 2.4.1 Released!

Docs Changes:

  • Added missing await statements to several examples
  • Added additional clarification on using the "m.notice" msgtype
  • Used Markdown instead of HTML to display a specific link

Example usage is shown below:

import simplematrixbotlib as botlib

creds = botlib.Creds("https://home.server", "user", "pass")
bot = botlib.Bot(creds)
PREFIX = '!'

@bot.listener.on_message_event
async def echo(room, message):
    match = botlib.MessageMatch(room, message, bot, PREFIX)
    if match.is_not_from_this_bot() and match.prefix() and match.command( "echo"):
        response = " ".join(arg for arg in match.args())
        await bot.api.send_text_message(room.room_id, response)

bot.run()

A thank you to HarHarLinks for their contributions to version 2.4.1!

Request additional features here.

View source on Github View package on PyPi View docs on readthedocs.io https://matrix.to/#/#simplematrixbotlib:matrix.org

Dept of Videos 📹

andybalaam announces

I'm exploring the matrix-rust-sdk on my live stream every week. I'm working on a simple Rust bot for Matrix. Come watch me struggle with the compiler on PeerTube or Twitch every wednesday at 14:00 UTC!

Room of the Week 📆

Timo ⚡️ says

Hi everyone! Did you ever feel lost in the Matrix world? The room directory is big, but it's still hard to find something you like. Or are you a room moderator, but there is not much activity in your room because it doesn't have enough users?

This is why I want to share rooms (or spaces) I find interesting.


This week's room is: #audiophiles:matrix.org

"Headphones, Speakers, IEM and any audio related equipments. Music recommendations as well."


If you want to suggest a room for this section, tell me in #roomoftheweek:fachschaften.org

Dept of Ping 🏓

Here we reveal, rank, and applaud the homeservers with the lowest ping, as measured by pingbot, a maubot that you can host on your own server.

#ping:maunium.net

Join #ping:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1matrix.markshorten.co.uk1013
2helderferreira.io1099
3envs.net1438
4thomcat.rocks2552.5
5matrix.sp-codes.de3732.5
6jauriarts.org3756.5
7trygve.me3829
8grimneko.de5095.5
9kittenface.studio5606
10jeroenhd.nl6970

#ping-no-synapse:maunium.net

Join #ping-no-synapse:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1matrix.awesomesheep48.me1042
20x1a8510f2.space1076
3dendrite.s3cr3t.me4405

The Adventures of TWIM bot continued

Following the late reports of the spec and hookshot updates, TWIM bot's ship went into hyperspeed. Our dear bot lost control of the ship and we lost its signal. We're doing our best to contact it and hope it's safe!

That's all I know 🏁

See you next week, and be sure to stop by #twim:matrix.org with your updates!

This Week in Matrix 2021-11-26

2021-11-26 — This Week in Matrix — Thib

Matrix Live 🎙

Dept of Spec 📜

anoa says

Here's your weekly spec update! The heart of Matrix is the specification - and this is modified by Matrix Spec Change (MSC) proposals. Learn more about how the process works at https://spec.matrix.org/unstable/proposals.

MSC Status

New MSCs:

MSCs with proposed Final Comment Period:

  • No MSCs entered proposed FCP state this week.

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

  • No MSCs are in FCP.

Merged MSCs:

Closed MSCs:

Spec Updates

MSC2675 (serverside aggregations) is getting lots of updates from Bruno in order to align the proposal with what is currently implemented in the wild (as it's easier to iterate on incremental improvements from a starting point grounded in reality). This MSC is a bit of a special case though, as it was implemented with stable prefixes before the MSC landed (in the before times...).

Regardless, thank you very much to Bruno for going through and finally untangling and help land aggregations in the spec! This MSC is one of four which describe how aggregations should work in Matrix, and it's great to see them finally being properly spec'd, especially as further features start to be built on top of them (such as threading!).

And finally, a further thank you to community members @ankur12-1610, @Dominaezzz for an OpenAPI schema fix!

Random Spec of the Week

The random spec of the week is... MSC3395: Synthetic appservice events!

This proposal aims to allow appservices to get ever greater visibility into what is happening on the homeserver, while still maintaining full process separation.

A lot of the time solutions to complex problems require knowing when a user has registered or logged in, with what name/3pids etc, when users change their emails, etc. Hooking into these non-room-based actions can help with developing useful features. Maybe you want an appservice that plays a sound effect whenever a user signs up to your homeserver!

These days, that is often achieved by homeserver implementation-specific solutions, such as modules in Synapse. Being able to notify of these events using a standard API shape would be hugely beneficial to generalisation of projects.

So give the proposal a look over and review if that interests you!

Some exciting MSCs this week, I've been waiting for server-side aggregations for long!

Dept of Servers 🏢

Synapse

Synapse is the reference homeserver for Matrix

callahad announces

As predicted last week, we released Synapse 1.47.1 on Tuesday. This is a security release which fixes an issue with Synapse's built-in media repository. Admins are strongly encouraged to upgrade.

Otherwise, relatively slow week: a handful of of the team have been away (Happy Thanksgiving, Americans!), but we did release Synapse 1.48.0rc1. Most importantly, this release candidate includes changes to improve the efficiency of large background updates from past releases, which should significantly reduce database load when upgrading. It also adds support for the /v3 APIs defined in version 1.1 of the Matrix specification.

We'll talk more about 1.48 when it's formally released next week, but as always, we appreciate folks trying out the release candidates and letting us know how they behave.

Administrators, keep your users safe: update as soon as you can!

Homeserver Deployment 📥️

Helm Chart

Matrix Kubernetes applications packaged into helm charts

Ananace announces

A bit of an earlier update this week, but I wanted to make sure to note that my Hem Charts have been updated to matrix-synapse 1.47.1 for the security fix - and element-web has also been bumped to 1.9.5

Dept of Bridges 🌉

mautrix-googlechat

tulir reports

mautrix-googlechat has seen lots of improvements over the past few days. New features include:

  • Bridging edits, deletions, reactions, formatting and read receipts in both directions (even /rainbow somewhat works from Matrix)
  • Bridging typing notifications and any types of files from Matrix to Google Chat
  • Bridging Google Meet links from Google Chat to Matrix
  • Syncing group members from Google Chat

(edits and deletions are only available on Google Workspace accounts, not normal accounts. I have no idea why they did that, but that's just how Google Chat works 🤷)

There's still a bug where it sometimes silently stops receiving messages, which I'm currently trying to solve (or work around). After that I'll make a v0.3.0 release. Backfilling history may also happen in the near future

Matrix Webhook Receiver

An add-on for the matrix-appservice-webhooks bridge. Webhooks are essentially web interfaces for applications to "push" data to. The bridge can receive messages in a certain format, which is nice if the notifying app can be configured. Often it cannot.

kim announces

Matrix Webhook Receiver

Do you like to receive notifications in matrix? Matrix Webhook Receiver (MWR) is an add-on for the matrix-appservice-webhooks bridge. Webhooks are essentially web interfaces for applications to "push" data to. The bridge can receive messages in a certain format, which is nice if the notifying app can be configured. Often it cannot.

This is where MWR comes in: It can receive any (JSON) content, optionally reformat it nicely (customizable!), and forward it to the webhooks bridge which will post it to a room for you. If you are running any software service, there is a good chance it can notify you via webhooks!

Right now, several example configurations exist, ready for you to use:

  • GitHub
  • GitLab (including Community Edition/self hosted)
  • Ansible Tower/AWX
  • Grafana Alerts

For example, here is the GitHub webhook as seen in #matrix-webhook-receiver:matrix.org:

More examples of apps currently in development: Prometheus Alertmanager, Jellyfin

It is also easy to use to send messages from the commandline with standard tools (curl), e.g. for your cron jobs! See the README for an example.

Some other webhook matrix things exist, but often require

  • ➖ admin access to server (appservices)
  • ➖ installing and running and maintaining a specific bot per service
  • ➖ create and set up accounts and passwords for each bot to use

In contrast, MWR requires:

  • ➖ matrix-appservice-webhooks set up on your server by your admin
  • ➖ some knowledge of how to send POST requests for one time setup. I want to improve that, suggestions are welcome!
  • ➕ MWR can be installed and run by anyone who can access the bridge
  • ➕ one single MWR supports any amount of notifying apps!
  • ➕ you don't need admin access to the server to add more apps
  • ➕ no need to develop a bot/plugin to support new apps, just write a quick jinja template
  • ➕ multiple people can use a single MWR instance by sharing HTTP basic auth credentials

Other features:

  • can post into encrypted rooms (see readme)
  • automatically generated API docs
  • message formatting presets including html markup or m.notice
  • arbitrarily customizable webhook URLs
  • list and manage currently installed webhooks in your browser (screenshot)

Links:

What a massive update! At this rate I won't need to leave my Matrix client for anything!

matrix-hookshot

A multi purpose multi platform bridge, formerly known as matrix-github

Half-Shot says

Hey folks! Some exciting new news on the bridge front: I've renamed matrix-github to matrix-hookshot to better reflect it's not-just-GitHub-ness. That's not all though, as there are new features too:

  • The bridge now supports Rust as a companion language (we're aiming to rewrite critical sections in rust). Some parts of the formatting code have already been rewritten.
  • The bridge now supports JIRA (full puppeting!)
  • The bridge now supports generic webhooks too, with the ability to write custom handling code inside the state event to process these hooks into pretty messages.
  • Basic support for GitHub discussions.

In the works:

  • A provisioning API to hook into integration managers
  • More GitLab support
  • Better GitHub discussions support

We're not quite ready for a 0.2.0 release, but please check us out at https://github.com/Half-Shot/matrix-hookshot.

An interesting update, and Half-Shot even demoes it in today's Matrix Live!

Dept of Clients 📱

Nheko

Desktop client for Matrix using Qt and C++17.

Nico says

After the 0.9.0 release last week, we have of course been busy fixing all the bugs different people reported. Messing around with the sticker pack editor and then leaving room should not make Nheko crash anymore. The problems where the flatpak has issues starting on Gnome systems are still under investigation. We thought we had a solution, but that seems to have broken other stuff! 💥

Apart from that we have been doing some after release party cleanup. Apart from some refactorings, you can now filter your rooms on whether they are a direct chat or not in the sidebar. This is in addition to the filters we already had for favourites, spaces and your other personal tags. User colors should also now be much less biased towards blue and jdenticons should have more variance. Expect the next release to be a much more colorful experience!

Speaking of colors, Twily made this awesome ZX Spectrum inspired logo after we changed our Gitlab bot to be more colorful! Check it out:

Gorgeous, I love it!

Hydrogen

Hydrogen is a lightweight matrix client with legacy and mobile browser support

Bruno says

We're still distracted with SDK work and other things less visible for users, but this week we've also released 0.2.22 that fixes login on Element One (and other servers using SSO login and not yet supporting the experimental dehydrated devices).

Element

Everything related to Element but not strictly bound to a client

kittykat says

Threads

  • On Web we’ve been working on Notifications and Badges, making sure no message goes unread.
  • On Mobile we’re building out the new Threads Panel so you can easily see all the Threads in a room.

Polls

  • The Polls team is making great progress, focusing their efforts on creating and voting on all platforms.
  • User testing sessions are coming up!

Community Testing

Element Web/Desktop

Secure and independent communication, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-web:matrix.org!

kittykat announces

  • Work continues on Information Architecture: head over to Sidebar settings on develop.element.io to see what the team are currently working on.

Element iOS

Secure and independent communication for iOS, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-ios:matrix.org!

kittykat announces

  • We’re still working hard on replacing Matomo with PostHog to improve how we collect analytics data and making the MatrixKit obsolete.
  • Adding more features to Spaces and improvements to Spaces performance is also happening.

Element Android

Secure and independent communication for Android, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-android:matrix.org!

kittykat announces

  • Voice message drafts and other improvements to this feature are underway.
  • We’re also looking to integrate PostHog on Android.

Dept of SDKs and Frameworks 🧰

simplematrixbotlib

simplematrixbotlib is an easy to use bot library for the Matrix ecosystem written in Python and based on matrix-nio.

krazykirby99999 says

simplematrixbotlib is an easy to use bot library for the Matrix ecosystem written in Python and based on matrix-nio. Version 2.4.0 provides several new features and a fix.

New Features:

  • Newlines are now supported when sending markdown messages.
  • The msgtype of text and markdown messages can now be specified. Text and markdown messages can now optionally be sent as "m.notice" to avoid alerting everybody of the new message. The default msgtype will continue to be "m.text".

New Fixes:

  • Fixed issue where the homeserver was hardcoded in an http request.

Example usage is shown below:

import simplematrixbotlib as botlib

creds = botlib.Creds("https://home.server", "user", "pass")
bot = botlib.Bot(creds)
PREFIX = '!'


@bot.listener.on_message_event
async def echo(room, message):
    match = botlib.MessageMatch(room, message, bot, PREFIX)

    if match.is_not_from_this_bot() and match.prefix() and match.command(
            "echo"):
            
        response = " ".join(arg for arg in match.args())
        await bot.api.send_text_message(room.room_id, response, "m.notice") ## Uses the msgtype of m.notice instead of m.text

bot.run()

A thank you to HarHarLinks for their contributions to version 2.4.0!

Request additional features here.

View source on Github View package on PyPi View docs on readthedocs.io https://matrix.to/#/#simplematrixbotlib:matrix.org

jOlm

Olm bindings for Java

brevilo reports

This week saw three releases of jOlm which fix a native memory management issue, an Olm API (buffer) issue and add a few other improvements. Everyone is strongly encouraged to update to the latest release.

Notes:

  • ✅ Bugfix and maintenance releases
  • ✅ Up to date with Olm 3.2.6

Changelog:

  • Fixed the backing store retention for all Olm instances
  • Fixed a buffer issue in InboundGroupSession.decrypt()
  • Ensured conversions of variable native strings are trimmed
  • Centralized conversions to canonical JSON
  • Completed initial set of unit tests (effectively full coverage now)

Cheers!

The only Java bindings of Olm to my knowledge, that's some very valuable work here!

Dept of Ops 🛠

synadm

Command line admin tool for Synapse (Matrix reference homeserver)

jojo reports

synadm v0.32 is out!

My personal favorites of the new features are:

  • Dates and times in several subcommands are translate the admin API's UNIX epoch timestamps to a human readable format.
  • synadm room list now displays room aliases (#room:your.homeserver)

Read the full release notes here: https://github.com/JOJ0/synadm/releases/tag/v0.32

synadm is very useful as a homeserver administrator. Thanks JOJ0

Dept of Bots 🤖

maubot

A plugin-based Matrix bot system.

tulir reports

maubot v0.2.0 was released last weekend. Highlights:

  • Enabling encryption should be much easier: the device ID can be entered in the web UI or you can just do mbc auth --update-client to automatically log in and store the access token and device ID in maubot.
  • mbc auth can now log in with SSO.
  • The standalone mode for running a single plugin with a static config is now mostly functional and somewhat documented.

Also, I finally took a day to figure out Sphinx/autodoc and made some decent-looking autogenerated docs for mautrix-python. I'll probably extend that to generate maubot-specific API references too eventually.

Dept of Interesting Projects 🛰️

MinesTRIX

A privacy focused social media based on MATRIX

Henri Carnot announces

Quick update on MinesTRIX (a privacy focused social media based on MATRIX). This week was focused on performance and stability.

  • Changed database to use Fluffybox, this should greatly improve performances on web (thanks Famedly !)
  • Scrolling through the posts of a profile now properly request history.
  • Friend suggestions are now sorted according to the sum of user appearance in all rooms. Naïve, but it's the first step.
  • Chat page has also been redesigned. Now support replies and reactions. Chat settings now display room avatar and fetch user list from server.
  • Bug affecting MinesTRIX profile creation has been fixed. Login process should be way more stable now.
  • Minestrix rooms sync has been rewritten to take into account sync events to rebuild the list.
  • Debug page now allow forcing sorting rooms.
  • Various post display enhancement (links are now clickable, thanks kellya!)

Come chat with us : #minestrix:carnot.cc

That's one exciting project, I can't wait to see how far it's going!

Sign in with Matrix

Mish says

Federated sign-in component for your web app (using Matrix)

This week's update:

  • Gained 180 stars on GitHub since release (thanks!)
  • Added login states, accessible from the API
  • Sign out
  • Added CSS styling via variables
  • Updated demo

more on https://github.com/mishushakov/signin-with-matrix

As last week, a note to keep in mind that this is a community project and that there is a MSC to make Matrix more OAuth2 friendly. More on that very soon!

Dept of Built on Matrix 🏗️

Matrix Forms

Mish reports

First release of "Matrix Forms", a project which redirects form submissions to designated Matrix rooms

Features:

  • Server-side, no additional JavaScript
  • Rich formatting
  • Many forms on same instance
  • File uploads
  • Templates
  • CORS
  • Metadata accessible for bots

Can be installed using NodeJS or Docker

Final Thoughts 💭

Server_Stats

MTRNord says

Today is a good day for those calling me a spy, someone not wanting to care about privacy and for those who did publicly harass me for server_stats.

People using the API likely already noticed it wasn't reachable for a while. Effective immediately I am currently leaving all rooms the bot is part of. This will take days or even months considering this are 6397 rooms at the time of writing. I am not going into the motives of why I am shutting it down. It comes down to personal reasons.

There won't be any dump of the data. The source will be kept public. Note though if anyone ever tries to run it that you need about 600GB of space for synapse, a lot of CPU, a lot of RAM and plenty of workers as this can easily crash synapse.

Server_Stats was an incredibly useful project. It pains me a lot to see it go, but it pains me even further that its author got harrassed. This is not an acceptable behaviour, and we are better than that as a community. Thanks for this incredible project MTRNord, it's been both exciting and useful.

Dept of Ping 🏓

Here we reveal, rank, and applaud the homeservers with the lowest ping, as measured by pingbot, a maubot that you can host on your own server.

#ping:maunium.net

Join #ping:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1boba.best413
2kapsi.fi508.5
3maescool.be528
4envs.net540.5
5converser.eu547
6matrix.org577
7thesilentlink.org838
8matrix.markshorten.co.uk1068
9aria-net.org1217
10trygve.me2137

#ping-no-synapse:maunium.net

Join #ping-no-synapse:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1dendrite.neilalexander.dev430.5
2grin.hu555.5
3matrix.org1027
4dendrite.matrix.org1056
5matrix.awesomesheep48.me1191
6sspaeth.de1251.5
70x1a8510f2.space3350.5
8spooks.cyou10963.5

That's all I know 🏁

See you next week, and be sure to stop by #twim:matrix.org with your updates!

This Week in Matrix 2021-11-19

2021-11-19 — This Week in Matrix — Thib

Friday already? Did this week already happen? It looked like the spacetime continuum was broken and we didn't know who did it. We needed witnesses to solve the case: did things really happen this week? And the witnesses showed up! A huge thanks to everyone in the Matrix community who reported their progress, and to everyone currently working on making awesome projects around Matrix!

The case is closed: the week has not been stolen from us. Time appears to have wings, and flies faster than we had anticipated.

Matrix Live 🎙

A very very dense and exciting wrap up of what's happening these days in the Matrix space by Matrix Foundation co-founders Matthew & Amandine! Matrix is stepping up a gear with blazing fast Sync v3, Threading Support, VoIP, VR, a new release of the Spec, always more monthly active users, a full security audit and progress on P2P.

Dept of Spec 📜

anoa says

Here's your weekly spec update! The heart of Matrix is the specification - and this is modified by Matrix Spec Change (MSC) proposals. Learn more about how the process works at https://spec.matrix.org/unstable/proposals.

MSC Status

New MSCs:

MSCs with proposed Final Comment Period:

  • No MSCs entered proposed FCP state this week.

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

Merged MSCs:

Spec Updates

This week we finally, finally had one of the aggregation-related MSCs, MSC2674 (event relationships) enter final comment period! This MSC, along with several others, document the stuff that powers message edit, reactions, the upcoming threading and polls MSCs, and much more! So it's really great to see the MSCs start to actually land.

Speaking of threading MSC3440 has had a good amount of review from the Spec Core Team last week. Threading in Matrix has been a long awaited feature for chat applications - as well as helping extend the flexibility of Matrix as a data structure even further. The MSC relies on both MSC2674 and MSC2675 (or a modified version of it), so the latter will be an area of focus for review for next week.

Spec PRs

It seems that the recent Matrix v1.1 has drummed up some more community support for spec PRs. Thank you to everyone who's sent in clarifications, changes and even typo fixes. In particular, @ankur12-1610 for fixes to the OpenAPI fields, and for typo corrections in the spec copy, and @Dominaezzz for helping review them. Thank you both!

Random Spec of the Week

The random spec of the week is... MSC2867: Marking rooms as unread!

This is definitely a feature that I would love to have for chat. Note that this MSC proposes marking a room as unread, rather than a specific point in the room's timeline. This is intentional as noted in the document, as the latter is more complicated, as it intersects with sending out read receipts to other users.

Dept of Servers 🏢

Synapse

Synapse is the reference homeserver for Matrix

dmr announces

Note: we plan to release a security release, Synapse 1.47.1 on the coming Tuesday, 23rd of November; see the predisclosure.

We released Synapse 1.47.0 after squashing a couple of problems related to database migrations remaining in 1.47.0rc2. Briefly, this release includes

  • new features for users of the admin and module APIs;
  • a number of long-standing bug fixes, including a thorny bug which prevented joining certain old rooms; and
  • continuing efforts to prototype new MSCs and improve type coverage.

The blog post has a better summary, and GitHub has the full gory details.

We also released Sydent 2.5.1, a minor release which improves the way we handle and log various error cases.

Thank you as ever to our community contributors, and everyone out there who's using Synapse to communicate!

dmr also reminds us

When we release the fix, the changes will be publicly known and bad actors will have the ability to deduce the vulnerability. Most servers don't run release candidates, so releasing the fix in an RC will mean there's a larger window for an attacker to exploit the problem. Internally, there will be an RC deployed to test homeservers and eventually matrix.org. This means we'll be able to confidently recommend the upgrade to server administrators.

dkasak adds

And that's the very reason we have dedicated security releases, instead of just rolling the security fixes into a feature release. The security release doesn't contain anything new apart from the security fix so it minimizes the chance of things going wrong.

Keep your servers up to date, and your users safe, administrators!

Homeserver Deployment 📥️

Helm Chart

Matrix Kubernetes applications packaged into helm charts

Ananace says

Would you believe it? This week has also seen updates to my Helm Charts, with matrix-synapse having been updated to 1.47.0

Dept of Bridges 🌉

Heisenbridge

Heisenbridge is a bouncer-style Matrix IRC bridge.

hifi says

Release v1.7.0 🥳

  • Implement "best effort" basic IRC moderation in plumbed rooms if bot has ops on IRC
  • Allow configuring topic sync for plumbs (IRC<->Matrix or one way)
  • Allow using forward slash (/) as MXID separator for IRC ghosts
  • Bump max mautrix version to <0.12
  • Small fixes

Plumb moderation! If the bridge bot has ops on IRC it will do its best to map kicks and bans (regarding IRC users) from Matrix. This definitely isn't perfect and is meant as a convenience.

Topic synchronization is now configurable for plumbs as well to make it possible to share the same topic between an IRC channel and a plumbed Matrix room. Default is still off and it requires the bridge bot to have enough PL to work.

The separator for IRC ghosts can now be changed to forward slash (/) from the default underscore (_). This happens by modifying the regex in the registration file. Only do this for new installations and it will cause all IRC users to duplicate in rooms who you can't remove and probably other bad side effects as well. The default may be changed in the future.

There were lots of refactoring issues so I hope I fixed all of them 🙈.

Best effort your fix from GitHub, PyPI or matrix-docker-ansible-deploy!

Thanks!

Yet another week, yet another great update on Heisenbridge. At this rate Heisenbridge will reach perfection and hifi will run out of things to report!

Dept of Clients 📱

Nheko

Desktop client for Matrix using Qt and C++17.

Nico reports

So, Nheko has a small little release this morning! Okay, that's a lie, it was actually pretty big! You can find the full changelog and some of our binaries here: https://github.com/Nheko-Reborn/nheko/releases/tag/v0.9.0

As always, thank you everone, who contributed. There were over 30 authors this release! If you haven't tried Nheko in a while, give it a whirl. Lots of stuff changed, some things might not even have been mentioned in TWIM! I put the first few lines of the changelog below for your convenience:

Highlights

  • Somewhat stable end to end encryption 🔐
    • Show the room verification status
    • Configure Nheko to only send to verified users
    • Store the encryption keys securely in the OS-provided secrets service.
    • Support online keybackup as well as sharing historical session keys.
  • Crosssigning bootstrapping 🔄
    • Crosssigning is used to simplify the verification process. In this release Nheko can setup crosssigning on a new account without having to use a different client.
    • Nheko now also prompts you, if there are any unverified devices and asks you to verify them.
  • Room directory (Manu) 📂
    • Search for rooms on your server and other servers. (Prezu)
    • If their topic interests you and it has the right amount of members, join the room and the discussion!
  • Custom sticker packs 🐈‍⬛
    • Add a custom sticker picker, that allows you to send stickers from MSC2545.
    • Support creating new sticker (and emote) packs.
    • You can share packs in a room and enable them globally or just for that room.
  • Token authenticated registration (Callum) 🎫
    • Sign up with a token to servers, that have otherwise disabled registration.
    • This was done as part of GSoC and makes it easier to run private servers for your family and friends!

Features

  • Support email in registration (required on matrix.org for example)
  • Warn, if an @room would mention the whole room, because some people don't like that.
  • Support device removal as well as renaming. (Thulinma)
  • Show your devices without encryption support, when showing your profile. (Thulinma)
  • Move to the next room with unread messages by pressing Alt-A. (Symphorien)
  • Support jdenticons as a placeholder for rooms or users without avatars. (LorenDB)
  • Properly sign macOS builds.
  • Support animated images like GIF and WebP.
    • Optionally just play them on hover.
  • Support accepting knocks in the timeline.
  • Close a room when clicking it again. (LorenDB)
  • Close image overlay with escape.
  • Support .well-known discovery during registration.
  • Limited spaces support.
    • No nice display of nested spaces.
    • No previews of unjoined rooms.
    • No way to edit a space.
  • Render room avatar changes in the timeline. (BShipman)
  • Support pulling out the sidebar to make it wider.
  • Allow editing pending messages instead of blocking until they are sent. (balsoft)
  • Support mnemonics in the context menus. (AppAraat)
  • Support TOFU for encryption. (Trust on first use)
  • Right click -> copy address location.
  • Forward messages. (Jedi18)
  • Alt-F to forward messages.
  • A new video and audio player, that should look a bit nicer.

As always, come check us out and chat about Nheko in #nheko:nheko.im

That's one massive update for Nheko! Thanks Nheko contributors!

Element

Everything related to Element but not strictly bound to a client

Nad says

Threads

  • We’ve been polishing UI, and updating notifications on Web
  • On Mobile, we’ve updates iOS & Android to be threads aware, live in the next release
  • We also tested Threads more widely in a community testing session (thanks to all who attended!)

Polls

  • We’re making good progress on polls on all platforms
  • Aiming to get poll creation, voting and the ability to see results working in all platforms in our current sprint, to then move to wider testing

Community Testing

  • Two successful testing sessions on VoIP and Threads (first community testing session on iOS!)
  • Squashed 26 Android VoIP bugs
  • No sessions this coming week, but we’ll be back the week after

Element Web

Secure and independent communication, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-web:matrix.org!

Nad reports

Element iOS

Secure and independent communication for iOS, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-ios:matrix.org!

Nad says

  • We fixed regressions reported on our previous release candidates. Sorry for the delay but the current release candidate 1.6.8 should be available on the App Store on Monday
  • The work to replace Matomo by PostHog has been resumed
  • We are still working on making the MatrixKit obsolete
  • Space creation / invites: will start design and code review starting next week
  • Start space management integration in rooms

Element Android

Secure and independent communication for Android, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-android:matrix.org!

Nad updates us with

  • Element Android 1.3.8 with support for Android 12 has been released on the PlayStore (beta channel) Wednesday. Full changelog: https://github.com/vector-im/element-android/releases/tag/v1.3.8 . The SDK 1.3.8 has also been released. If everything is fine, the app will be promoted to production and to F-Droid on Monday. The README of the project has been updated to clarify the release process: https://github.com/vector-im/element-android#releases-to-app-stores
  • Voice message draft is currently under active development. We want the feature to work well before we release it, and it was an opportunity to rework the whole feature, to improve its architecture.
  • Still working on the timeline rework.

Dept of Non Clients 🎛️

time-to-matrix

The time command, but it sends the output to a Matrix room

Aine reports

after the Miounne update posted a minute ago here is another one, and it's about time: Time To Matrix (ttm) got v1.4.0 release!

Time To Matrix is a time-like command that will send end of an arbitrary command output and some other info (like exit status) to matrix room.

With new release, following things were added:

  • arch linux AUR package
  • automatic room alias resolving, so you can use #ttm:etke.cc instead of !XODRhTLplrymaFicdK:etke.cc
  • help message and human-readable errors
  • option to change message type (m.text or m.notice)
  • option to omit plaintext and send only html-formatted message (to get some more space for log)
  • option to override message type to m.notice if the command exits with non-zero exit code (by default m.text is sent, so you will get m.notice on failure)

Go check out the source code and say hello in #ttm:etke.cc

Dept of SDKs and Frameworks 🧰

simplematrixbotlib

simplematrixbotlib is an easy to use bot library for the Matrix ecosystem written in Python and based on matrix-nio.

krazykirby99999 reports

Version 2.3.0 Released!

simplematrixbotlib is an easy to use bot library for the Matrix ecosystem written in Python and based on matrix-nio. Version 2.3.0 adds support for additional configuration via config files and other methods. Currently, there is only one setting that can be changed, however many existing and future features will be able to be enabled or disabled via this config.

Example usage is shown below:

"""
random_user
     !echo something
echo_bot
     something
"""

import simplematrixbotlib as botlib

creds = botlib.Creds("https://home.server", "user", "pass")

config = botlib.Config()
config.load_toml("config.toml")

bot = botlib.Bot(creds, config)
PREFIX = '!'

@bot.listener.on_message_event
async def echo(room, message):
     match = botlib.MessageMatch(room, message, bot, PREFIX)

     if match.is_not_from_this_bot() and match.prefix() and match.command("echo"):
          await bot.api.send_text_message(room.room_id,
                                " ".join(arg for arg in match.args()))

bot.run()

An example of a toml config file is shown below.

[simplematrixbotlib.config]
join_on_invite = false

Request additional features here.

View source on Github View package on PyPi View docs on readthedocs.io #simplematrixbotlib:matrix.org

Dept of Ops 🛠

Mother Miounne

The backoffice of etke.cc service

Aine reports

ding-dong Mother Miounne v2.2.0 is here!

Miounne is a backoffice of the etke.cc service.

New release brings notifications for integrated services:

  • buymeacoffee notifications on new purchase, supporter, subscription and unsubscription (can be configured independently)
  • matrix-registration notifications for new and used invite tokens (can be configured independently)

Go check out the source code and say hello in #miounne:etke.cc

Dept of Bots 🤖

Mjölnir

The moderation bot for Matrix

Yoric announces

Mjölnir v1.2.1 released

  • New feature: if a user on your homeserver reports abuse, Mjölnir may now show the abuse report in your moderation room and offer you two-click moderation options. This feature is considered a preview for the time being.
  • Performance improvements for protections that need to lock back in the history of a room, decreasing the number of cases in which we could end up timing out.
  • Many improvements to testing.

Note: Any rumor of a v1.2.0 Docker image borked by yours truly is sadly true. There should be no risk in 1.2.0 but, to be on the safe side, if you have updated to 1.2.0, please update to 1.2.1.

That's one feature I've wanted for a while, and it's going to make moderation a lot easier! Thanks Mjolnir teams for keeping us safe!

Dept of Interesting Projects 🛰️

MinesTRIX

Henri Carnot says

Hi all !!

Today I want to showcase you MinesTRIX. MinesTRIX is a decentralized social media based on matrix. The goal is to create a privacy respectful social media using the power of matrix while trying to be as simple as possible.

Two Objectives

  • Showing that matrix could be used to build such a system.
  • Helping find your friends using matrix

Currently supported

  • Posting
  • Adding and accepting friends
  • Basic post management
  • Creating groups, posting and adding users to it
  • E2EE device verification (thanks FluffyChat !!)
  • Cross platform thanks to Flutter (Android, iOS, Linux, Windows, MacOS, WEB)

Now what ?

  • Stability fixes
  • Finding a logo ;)
  • Bring sharing functionality for public groups.
  • Adding support for the Circle application.
  • Enhance the friends' suggestion algorithm (Currently it's a really naïve one :D)
  • Add reactions for chats and posts

🚀 About Demo 🏗️ Gitlab Chat

That's a fascinating client, it looks absolutely fantastic! It reminds me a little of Cerrulean. Good job Henri!

Matrix Login

Paul says

There was the "Sign in with Matrix" project recently

I tried to do something similar with https://matrix-login.lyc.fi / https://gitlab.com/ptman/matrix-login

An important note on the interesting projects using Matrix for the login: those are community projects, and there are MSCs in the works to "do it right" at the Spec level!

As Matthew Hodgson reported in a comment on Hacker News :

The direction we're headed in the Matrix spec core team is instead towards replacing Matrix's current auth mechanisms with normal Open ID Connect (rather than wrapping our own OIDC-like thing, as we do today) - as per https://github.com/sandhose/matrix-doc/blob/msc/sandhose/oauth2-profile/proposals/2964-oauth2-profile.md The common login flow would then be for users to be authed by their server using a trusted OIDC identity provider, rather than ever trusting arbitrary clients with their credentials.

Dept of Guides 🧭

Austin Huang announces

I have compiled a list of public homeservers available for registration, since previous such efforts to make these homeservers more discoverable fell through. This list serves as a sanitized version of the asra.gr list, with only homeservers intended for public consumption included. It is a static list and does not include pings, but rather than focusing on the technical aspect, my list has an emphasis on the written rules of a homeserver, which I believe to play a larger role in the Matrix experience. Hope this can spark other efforts in maintaining a better list!

That's one very useful list of hand curated servers! The transparency about the inclusion criteria is very much appreciated. Good job!

Room of the Week 📆

Timo ⚡️ announces

Hi everyone! Did you ever feel lost in the Matrix world? The room directory is big, but it's still hard to find something you like. Or are you a room moderator, but there is not much activity in your room because it doesn't have enough users?

This is why I want to share rooms (or spaces) I find interesting.


This week's room is: #travel:hacklab.fi

"Discussion about destinations, culture, hotels, flights etc.. English only, be nice to each other."


If you want to suggest a room for this section, tell me in #roomoftheweek:fachschaften.org

Dept of Ping 🏓

Here we reveal, rank, and applaud the homeservers with the lowest ping, as measured by pingbot, a maubot that you can host on your own server.

#ping:maunium.net

Join #ping:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1matrix.sp-codes.de517.5
2envs.net591
3converser.eu863
4matrix.markshorten.co.uk959
5aria-net.org1120
6matrix.liamgooch.com1219
7dieholzkatze.de1396.5
8somnet.io1791
9matrix.nicfab.it2048
10trygve.me2147

#ping-no-synapse:maunium.net

Join #ping-no-synapse:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1dendrite.nordgedanken.dev485
2sspaeth.de648.5
3devnullsystem.org874.5
4dendrite.neilalexander.dev943
5matrix.awesomesheep48.me1016.5
60x1a8510f2.space5969

That's all I know 🏁

See you next week, and be sure to stop by #twim:matrix.org with your updates!

This Week in Matrix 2021-11-12

2021-11-12 — This Week in Matrix — Thib

Matrix Live 🎙

This week my guest is Greg who's been organising the Ansible Contributor Summit on Matrix, and who is happy about it!

Dept of Spec 📜

anoa announces

Here's your weekly spec update! The heart of Matrix is the specification - and this is modified by Matrix Spec Change (MSC) proposals. Learn more about how the process works at https://spec.matrix.org/unstable/proposals.

MSC Status

New MSCs:

MSCs with proposed Final Comment Period:

  • No MSCs entered proposed FCP state this week.

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

Merged MSCs:

  • No MSCs were merged this week.

Spec Updates

Matrix v1.1 was released! Read the blog post here if you missed it; it summarises everything that's new in v1.1, as well as plans for the future. Now that the new spec build pipeline and release infrastructure is in place, we're aiming for roughly quarterly releases going forward. Thank you all for being so patient in the meantime!

Random Spec of the Week

The random spec of the week is... MSC1767: Extensible event types & fallback in Matrix (v2) (yes it really chose that).

Extensible events is something that has been a long time coming in Matrix. It unlocks so much potential, and is even currently being built on (see MSC3381 (polls)). Definitely one of the next big ticket items to tackle in the medium term.

Dept of Servers 🏢

Synapse

Synapse is the reference homeserver for Matrix

dmr says

Dan (aka callahad) is away this week, so let me report on his behalf.

We cut a release candidate for Synapse (1.47.0rc2, but see the changelog for rc1). It exposes new functionality for pluggable modules and new endpoints to the Admin API. We've fixed a bunch of long-standing bugs and continued to drive forward efforts to improve documentation and code quality. Thank you to all of our contributors!

With future releaes in mind, we've been continuing work to support threading and E2EE application services. We've also been prototyping a new Admin API to remove users from all rooms belonging to a certain space.

Elsewhere, we've been doubling down on our effort to improve reliability and maintainability of our services as a whole. Sydent and Sygnal have a number of PRs in flight for both, aimed at improving type coverage and driving down error noise in the logs. We've drafted a blog post to summarise the process of type annotating mypy (keep your eyes out for that one). We also worked to make the matrix.org database more resilient, and made changes to improve the experience of rolling out upgrades to Synapse en masse.

Homeserver Deployment 📥️

Helm Chart

Matrix Kubernetes applications packaged into helm charts

Ananace says

Another week, another update on my Helm Charts - seeing element-web bumped to 1.9.4

Dept of Bridges 🌉

Vermicularis

mijutu announces

Vermicularis is a script for forwarding messages from Päikky to Matrix. Päikky is a parent-teacher communication website and mobile app for daycare and pre-school. git clone https://k2c42.dy.fi/git/vermicularis.git and join #paikky:ellipsis.fi to give feedback

mijutu also tells us

Päikky was created by a group of parents who wanted to make communication with daycare staff easier. They started a company and later sold it to Abilita. Päikky is currently used in 40+ municipalities in Finland and also in some private daycare companies too.

Päikky is also used for reserving daycare times for kids.

Heisenbridge

Heisenbridge is a bouncer-style Matrix IRC bridge.

hifi says

Release v1.6.0 🥳

  • Make reconnect loop more robust
  • Sensitive flag for MSG and NICKSERV to hide it from network room (for AUTOCMD)
  • Improved STATUS for admin room and simple STATUS for network rooms
  • Small fixes

Not much going on this week. Hopefully the reconnect refactor doesn't cause any breakage as it fixed multiple issues that have been around since the inception of Heisenbridge.

Vacuum your fix from GitHub, PyPI or matrix-docker-ansible-deploy!

Thanks!

Dept of Clients 📱

Nheko

Desktop client for Matrix using Qt and C++17.

Nico says

Do you love bugs as much as I do? ♥🐛♥

I guess not. For that reason bug fixing in Nheko for the next release continues. We fixed a super annoying issue, where loading keys from the online backup could make Nheko stuck in a flickering mode with no way to interact with it anymore. You can now also click anywhere on a read receipt to open someones profile instead of just their avaitar, edited messages now also show as redacted, if only the original message got redacted and don't lose the reply in encrypted rooms, if the edit was sent by a client, that is not Nheko. You also used to get logged out after registration, which should finally be resolved. There were also a bazillion translation updates! Thank you, everyone who contributed to those.

We also finally merged the prettier video player, which also fixes a video playback issue on macOS. Try it out and give us feedback on it!

We are still hunting down some last bugs, but expect the release soon now. In the meantime, I did start summarizing the changes, if you want to see what will be in the next release: https://github.com/Nheko-Reborn/nheko/blob/master/CHANGELOG.md#090----unreleased

That's all and have a great weekend!

Element

Everything related to Element but not strictly bound to a client

Nad announces

Threads

  • Message threading is coming to Element! If you haven’t yet, head to develop.element.io and ensure ‘Enable threading’ is turned on in Labs to test on the web.
  • We’re spinning up development on iOS & Android as we speak.
  • We’ll also be running the first Threads community testing session next Thursday (18th Nov) at 17:00 GMT. Come join us in #element-community-testing:matrix.org!
  • Threads are backed by MSC3440.

Polls

  • We also recently started implementing Polls.
  • On the web/desktop, we’ve implemented poll creation and displaying them in the timeline. Next up is implementing voting.
  • Mobile development started recently too, with Android slightly ahead of iOS.
  • Polls are backed by MSC3381.

Community Testing

  • As well as the community testing on Threads, we’ll also be hosting our next testing session for Android on Wednesday (17th), with the time to be confirmed. If you’d like to be involved, join us in #element-community-testing:matrix.org.

Element Web

  • In the background, if you’ve been paying close attention to our issue tracker, you might have noticed lots of changes to our triage & issue workflows over the past couple of months. We’re continuing to iterate on these, extending the best learnings to iOS & Android too.
  • We recently started a project to improve the info architecture/layout of our apps, starting on the web first. We’re merging our first tweaks and experiments soon, so expect exciting things to be landing on develop!
  • We’re continuing to implement more Space creation & management support on iOS. We’ve added in Space creation screens (implemented in SwiftUI!) and we’re polishing inviting people to Spaces.
  • We’ve also been conducting user research to see what parts of the app are tripping users up, and working on fixes to various issues. Expect tweaks to land soon!
  • Otherwise, we’re also merging & testing release candidates for upcoming releases, merging several branches.

Element Android

  • We’ve been conducting the same user research on Android, watch this space for more tweaks & improvements coming soon!
  • Otherwise, we’re also fixing up some smaller issues specific to Android 12.

Cinny

Cinny is a Matrix client focused on simplicity, elegance and security

ajbura reports

Features

  • Landing page redesign
    • Full UIAA implementation means now you can register an account on any hs that allow
    • Configure default homeserver with options to add more than one.
    • Can use http when looking for homeserver
  • Enhanced invite list UX
  • Added logout in loading screen
  • Hide pinned space notification from home icon
  • Add option to select role on roomCreation
  • Added Invite/disinvite option in profile viewer

Bugs

  • Fix commands activating anywhere in the input
  • Fix duplicate and minus notification count
  • Fix links splitting across line mid-word

Find more about Cinny at https://cinny.in/ Join our channel at: #cinny:matrix.org Github: https://github.com/ajbura/cinny Twitter: https://twitter.com/@cinnyapp

Dept of Non Clients 🎛️

time-to-matrix

The time command, but it sends the output to a Matrix room

Aine announces

It's time! time-to-matrix (ttm) v1.2.0.

A time-like command that will send end of an arbitrary command output and some other info (like exit status) to matrix room. Useful when you need to run something in terminal and get a ping when it's done.

Since the last ttm news in TWIM new options were added:

  • matrix auth with access token - useful for SSO when you don't have actual login/password pair
  • skip time info
  • skip html formatting (doubles allowed log size in message)
  • post full log output to matrix (with auto-shrinker to avoid "message is too big" error)

Source code, releases for all major platform and architectures, and #ttm:etke.cc room

Dept of SDKs and Frameworks 🧰

simplematrixbotlib

simplematrixbotlib is an easy to use bot library for the Matrix ecosystem written in Python and based on matrix-nio.

krazykirby99999 reports

Version 2.2.0 Released!

Version 2.2.0 adds support for authentication via access_tokens. In addition to username/access_token, it is possible to authenticate using username/password and login(SSO) token.

Example usage is shown below:

"""
Example Usage:

random_user
      !echo something

echo_bot
      something
"""

import simplematrixbotlib as botlib

creds = botlib.Creds(
    homeserver="https://example.org",
    username="echo_bot",
    access_token="syt_c2...DTJ",
    )
bot = botlib.Bot(creds)
PREFIX = '!'


@bot.listener.on_message_event
async def echo(room, message):
    match = botlib.MessageMatch(room, message, bot, PREFIX)

    if match.is_not_from_this_bot() and match.prefix() and match.command(
            "echo"):

        await bot.api.send_text_message(room.room_id,
                                        " ".join(arg for arg in match.args()))


bot.run()

Request additional features here.

View source on Github View package on PyPi View docs on readthedocs.io Join Matrix Room

Halcyon

Halcyon is an easy to use matrix library inspired by discord.py

gen3 announces

Hello again! Halcyon is a Matrix bot library created with the intention of being easy to install and use. This release brings minor non-breaking features and some bug fixes:

  • Added
    • change_presence() now allows you to set if you are online, idle, or away. Status message support
    • Roadmap and documentation updates
  • Fixed
    • A fix for retrying on 5xx errors
    • A better catch for bad server syncs
    • Windows support, fixing the NotImplementedError reported by @bhuitt (Thanks!)

More info at on the project at https://github.com/WesR/Halcyon . Come by and chat with us over in https://matrix.to/#/#halcyon:blackline.xyz

Dept of Events and Talks 🗣️

Berlin Meetup

ChristianP announces

Heads up for those in Berlin. You're welcome to join us Tuesday, 16th Nov at 7:00 PM chatting about Matrix development and hosting. We're going to meet in person at c-base. In compliance with the hackerspace's house rules this is a strict 2G event.

We'll talk about everyone's Matrix projects, test the P2P demo via Bluetooth in person and plan the presence of Matrix at the rC3 event happening in the c-base shortly before New Years.

If possible, join our #matrix-berlin:matrix.org room.

Dept of Interesting Projects 🛰️

Mish reports

"Sign in with Matrix" is a web component, which developers can use to build a web login using Matrix account

it is similar to those "Sign in with Google" and "Sign in with Facebook" buttons you see on the internet but now it's Matrix!

i invite you to take a look at the repository: https://github.com/mishushakov/signin-with-matrix and experience a demo: https://mishushakov.github.io/signin-with-matrix/

Dept of Ping 🏓

Here we reveal, rank, and applaud the homeservers with the lowest ping, as measured by pingbot, a maubot that you can host on your own server.

#ping:maunium.net

Join #ping:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1envs.net612
2matrix.org750.5
3sumnerevans.com774
4maunium.net775
5matrix.markshorten.co.uk792
6aria-net.org1002
7nevarro.space1097
8schoepski.de1226.5
9trygve.me1286
10kif.rocks1748.5

#ping-no-synapse:maunium.net

Join #ping-no-synapse:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1jae.su284
2sspaeth.de296
3devnullsystem.org370.5
4grin.hu482
5dendrite.neilalexander.dev974.5
6matrix.awesomesheep48.me1255.5
7dendrite.s3cr3t.me1500
8dendrite.matrix.org8288

That's all I know 🏁

See you next week, and be sure to stop by #twim:matrix.org with your updates!

This Week in Matrix 2021-11-05

2021-11-05 — This Week in Matrix — Thib

Matrix Live 🎙

This week we have demos from andybalaam, showcasing high contrast in Element Web/Desktop, Bruno walking us through device dehydration in Hydrogen and Kegan giving us a glimpse of Sync v3! A lot of exciting work going on here!

Dept of Spec 📜

anoa reports

Here's your weekly spec update! The heart of Matrix is the specification - and this is modified by Matrix Spec Change (MSC) proposals. Learn more about how the process works at https://spec.matrix.org/unstable/proposals.

MSC Status

New MSCs:

MSCs with proposed Final Comment Period:

  • No MSCs entered proposed FCP state this week.

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

  • No MSCs are in FCP.

Merged MSCs:

Spec Updates

The spec release mentioned last week is happening on Tuesday - look out for a long blog post explaining all the changes, and check out the new platform (as it stands in its current, unstable state) before it goes live. Exciting stuff!

Random Spec of the Week

The random spec of the week is... MSC3217: Soft kicks!

Other than this sounding like something out of a workout routine, soft kicks are proposed as a hint to clients that the user has been kicked from the room, but that it was not out of moderation, but for a technical reason (the example given disconnection from an IRC network). The client can then present a different UX as opposed to a normal, "hard" kick.

Give it a read and provide feedback if the topic interests you!

Dept of Servers 🏢

Synapse

Synapse is the reference homeserver for Matrix

callahad announces

This week we released Synapse 1.46! This release includes a fix for the performance regression from 1.44 which could cause smaller hosts to lock up when clients reconnected after some time offline.

Synapse 1.46 also includes experimental support for MSC3440: Threading via m.thread relation, a big step toward threaded messaging in Matrix. It's otherwise mainly a bugfix release, as we've spent much of our time reviewing infrastructure and making plans to improve our resilience should we experience hardware failures similar to what took out matrix.org two weeks ago.

We continue working toward a prototype implementation of MSC2775: Lazy loading over federation, starting with setting up automated infrastructure to repeatedly measure the join speeds of assorted large, public rooms. Our goal is to have a rough proof of concept for lazy room joins by the end of the year.

We also released Sydent 2.5.0! In addition to fixing bugs, this release passes mypy --strict, uses Jinja2 for templates, and supports the room_type field from MSC3288 to better differentiate between invitations to rooms and invitations to Spaces.

Threads! Awesome! And lazy loading over the federation looks really promising, I can't wait for it.

Homeserver Deployment 📥️

Helm Chart

Matrix Kubernetes applications packaged into helm charts

Ananace announces

As is routine at this point; My Helm Charts have seen updates, with matrix-synapse bumping to 1.46.0

Keep your infra up to date, folks!

Dept of Bridges 🌉

mx-puppet-*

Sorunome [m] announces

Soru has not found any time to work on the mx-puppet-* project in very long. At this point, it makes sense to look for someone / multiple people to inherit the project to. So, if you are willing to pick it up, or part of it (like a single bridge, only the library, etc.), then please look by #mx-puppet-bridge:sorunome.de. Thanks!

It's always sad when maintainers don't have time for former projects, but you can take over!

mautrix-whatsapp

A Matrix-WhatsApp puppeting bridge

tulir says

mautrix-whatsapp v0.2.0 was released. The main change is switching to the new WhatsApp multidevice API, which means the phone doesn't need to be connected 24/7 anymore. The release also includes a new backfilling system using MSC2716, and making the relaybot mode less special-cased and more like what mautrix-signal does.

Heisenbridge

Heisenbridge is a bouncer-style Matrix IRC bridge.

hifi reports

Release v1.5.0 🥳

  • Allow opening multiple simultaneous connections to the same network
  • New STOP/STAHP ROOM command to end a long paste flood
  • Clear channel send queue if the user gets kicked to prevent continuing flood on rejoin
  • New KB ROOM command to do a proper kick & ban (contributed by GitHub user @blastrock, thanks!)

The most useful feature this week is having the ability to open multiple connections to the same network. This can be used to plumb channels with a secondary connection while using the bridge as yourself with the main one. You can also STAHP long pastes from being actually sent out completely to a channel if you weren't careful enough on Matrix side.

Upgrading from previous version to v1.5.0 will cause a small migration for every channel/pm that is open so it might take a little longer for the first startup to complete. If no multiple network connections are opened it is safe to downgrade but if someone uses the feature it will cause shenanigans for the duplicate networks in the older version.

Inject your fix from GitHub, PyPI or matrix-docker-ansible-deploy!

Thanks!

As always, Heisenbridge being thoughtful towards our IRC peers.

Dept of Clients 📱

Nheko

Desktop client for Matrix using Qt and C++17.

Nico reports

We are preparing for a release! That means, if you are translator, we could use your help to get our translations updated and if you want to have a bug fixed before release, now is the time to report it or complain about it! Please come and see us in #nheko:nheko.im for complaints and questions!

We saw a lot of translation updates by Linerly, Priit and Thulinma already. The click ghosting issue in the room list should be fixed as well as the crash when accepting an invite from your browser. You can now register on matrix.org again, after fighting with some... reality deforming wording in the spec. Notifications on macOS now use the "modern" API for notifications, including grouping notifications by room. (Expect more fancy improvements there in the future!) The warning about mentioning the whole room now vanishes properly, hiding space children from the roomlist now doesn't hide them from the space itself anymore, the loading spinner shouldn't show in a fully loaded room again, the room directory search bar is now focused by default and a few smaller fixes.

We also completed the bootstrapping UI now. This means you get prompted for unverified devices, when your device isn't verified or when cross-signing isn't configured for your account yet and you are given ways to remedy that.

We have a few more bug fixes we want to land before the release, so don't expect it tomorrow, but we have the featureset down now. And if you thought the changes listed in this snippet are long, wait for the full release changelog. It will probably take a few days for me to tidy that up and I think this will be our biggest release yet! Happy testing, everyone!

Hydrogen

Hydrogen is a lightweight matrix client with legacy and mobile browser support

Bruno reports

Device dehydration support got released this week in 0.2.20 (see matrix live demo!), allowing you to decrypt messages sent to you while not logged in on any device. Expect another release this evening (0.2.21) with support for multiple lines in the composer and some other bug fixes.

Fractal

Matrix messaging app for GNOME written in Rust.

Alexandre Franke says

To adapt to changes in libadwaita, Marco Melorio removed a deprecated class. In the meantime, enterprisey fixed the build by updating the Matrix Rust SDK dependency and improved Secret Service error handling.

After being away for a few month, Kévin Commaille came back with a blast. No less than three MR already, and I have a feeling he’s only getting started:

As usual, Julian reviewed and merged all the above work, and did some of his own:

We'll refrain from asking when Fractal-Next is due! It's starting to take shape!

Element

Everything related to Element but not strictly bound to a client

Thib reports

  • We’re continuing to flesh out space creation screens on iOS, improving the invite flows post creation for private and public spaces.
  • We’re continuing to iterate on the overall app layout on Web, to fix fundamental usability issues.
    • Expect to see some changes on develop soon, rearranging the top left corner of the app (user avatar, space names, context menu).
    • Expect to see larger experiments landing on develop soon too. We’ll share more info on these when they’re live, and everything will be opt out to not break existing workflows while we’re testing and experimenting.

Element Web/Desktop

Secure and independent communication, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-web:matrix.org!

kittykat says

  • Released Element Web 1.9.4RC
  • Community testing session ran successfully on RC with a focus on voice messages and VoIP calls. We found significantly fewer issues and regressions than in the previous sessions. It was great to see 9 newcomers - thank you to all of our testers who helped out!
  • Improved our sentry analytics data to provide more useful detail.
  • Redesigned the device management section in the user settings. The new view makes it clearer how to rename devices and lets you verify them.
  • This week in labs (features in labs can be accessed at develop.element.io and nightly desktop builds):
    • Threads now has a more polished UI and users can now link to events in a thread. Notifications for threads messages are being worked on and should land very soon.

Element iOS

Secure and independent communication for iOS, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-ios:matrix.org!

Thib reports

  • We worked on stabilization in order to fix a couple of bugs and crashes found in last releases.
  • We started to work on poll feature.
  • We started to work on threading feature.

Element Android

Secure and independent communication for Android, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-android:matrix.org!

Thib says

  • Release 1.3.6 is finally live on the PlayStore! Release 1.3.7 is expected for the beginning of next week.
  • We have started to implement threading of messages.
  • Draft for voice message has been delayed, we want to ensure that it’s working well before releasing it.
  • We are doing lots of internal migrations: Dagger to Hild, MvRx to Mavericks2, Rx to coroutines Flow.
  • And as always, we are trying to keep the app as stable as possible, and as reliable as possible
  • It’s also worth noting that the SDK 1.3.6 has some improvements in the login API, not needed for Element Android, but requested by other users of the SDK.

Dept of SDKs and Frameworks 🧰

Godot-Matrix

houkime reports

Godot-Matrix is a C++ module for connecting to Matrix from the Godot Game Engine. I refurbished it and the changes made it upstream now ^_^, thx vurpo! :
https://www.matrix.org/docs/projects/sdk/godot-matrix/

Changes:

  • Fixed compilation for 3.x Godot branch
  • Support plain http too for local tests with Conduit
  • Respect port numbers (as per Matrix spec)
  • Substantial rewrite of the example so it works

Refurbishment made with love for the participants of FediJam 4, a weeklong gamedev competition with the focus on fediverse and federated multiplayer (via Matrix or any other means ^_^). It starts this Sunday at 18:00 UTC. Chat

Matrix-Rust-SDK-Bot-Framework-Helper

A toolkit for writing commandbots more efficient in rust for matrix.

MTRNord announces

MRSBFH is now available on crates.io.

Unlike other "overlay" style crates it does not follow the sdk versions using its own version number or using features. So please make sure you use the right version of the SDK with it.

Also it now has support for rusttls, the ! at the start of a command now gets correctly checked and is updated to the latest sdk.

You can check it out at https://crates.io/crates/mrsbfh and https://github.com/MTRNord/mrsbfh

Halcyon

Halcyon is an easy to use matrix library inspired by discord.py

gen3 announces

This release brings some new non-breaking features and a small fix:

  • Added
    • on_ready, called once the bot has logged in and online
    • send_typing, allowing the bot to signal it has received your message with the client typing event
    • improved documentation (including how to set the poll interval)
  • Fixed
    • A sync failure when Homeservers sometimes reject or return a non json response

More info at on the project at https://github.com/WesR/Halcyon . Come by and chat with us over in https://matrix.to/#/#halcyon:blackline.xyz

Dept of Ops 🛠

Mother Miounne

The backoffice of etke.cc service

Aine announces

Mother Miounne v2.1.0

New release of the Commander of etke.cc backoffice is coming here! New version brings new neat features and extends arsenal of the antispam tricks:

  • buymeacoffee listings integration - pretty basic, but that's just a first step! So now you can list subscribers, supporters and extras purchases directly in matrix room (spolier: next releases will bring notifications about new subscribers, supporters and purchases)
  • rate limiter for http forms - no one can bother you if you don't want that! So now you can configure specific rate limits per form
  • enhanced email validation (mostly used in the forms module) - you had spam hosts and emails list before, but now you have MX records checks, regular expressions check and some other useful tricks to hold the door stop spammers
  • ... and some small changes, like doc updates and auto-shrink of long messages to fit into matrix payload limits

Check out the source code, releases, docker images and say hello in #miounne:etke.cc

Dept of Bots 🤖

matrix-vacation-responder

Sumner Evans says

I created a Vacation Responder for Matrix. While running, it responds to any DMs that come in to your account with a preset message. It can be configured to only respond once in a given period of time (defaults to 24 hours) so that the person contacting you can queue up questions for you when you return. Other ways to use the bot include responding to DMs to previously active accounts (for example if you move homeservers). Join the discussion about this bot at #matrix-vacation-responder:nevarro.space.

Dept of Events and Talks 🗣️

SeaGL (the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference)

Salt announces

SeaGL (the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference) is being held on Matrix Friday and Saturday, November 5th and 6th, from 9am-5pm Pacific Time. The conference is running on a customized version of element-web and a regional Matrix homeserver, found at https://attend.seagl.org

Founded in 2013, this is the conference's ninth year overall and second virtual event. Last year, the all-volunteer team built their portal on-top of KiwiIRC and Jitsi for attendees, and BigBlueButton for speakers. This year they have been relying heavily on Spaces, Subspaces, and the built-in features that have been rapidly developing within the Matrix protocol.

From their website:

SeaGL (the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference) is a free—as in freedom and tea—grassroots technical summit dedicated to spreading awareness and knowledge about free / libre / open source software, hardware, and culture.

SeaGL strives to be welcoming, enjoyable, and informative for professional technologists, newcomers, enthusiasts, and all other users of free software, regardless of their background knowledge; providing a space to bridge these experiences and strengthen the free software movement through mentorship, collaboration, and community.

FrOSCon

Oleg announces

The recording of the talk at the FrOSCon this year (in 🇩🇪) about Opsdroid with AI/ML (Rasa NLU) 😉

Dept of Guides 🧭

Cadair reports

Following a question from someone about getting started with Matrix bots, I wrote a super quick getting started guide to writing a simple bot with opsdroid. I will probably integrate this into the opsdroid docs, or somewhere more accessible in the future, but for now here it is: https://gist.github.com/Cadair/2c64cb46fdce7499ff1c0bbb116ce29e

Being an innocent child, I asked:

are you aware of projects relying on opsdroid to make a Matrix bot? Other than half of the very famous TWIM bot 😇

Cadair answered

I have written a few (https://github.com/Cadair/skill-motw, https://github.com/Cadair/skill-intersphinx, https://github.com/Cadair/skill-jitsi) I know that Oleg has also written a number, including many which interact with homeassistant.

I can also go and ask for examples in #opsdroid-general:matrix.org if you like?

I didn't know what I had started! We almost became This Week in Opsdroid! Fortunately the Matrix community is very active and helped us keeping sovereignty over the blog. Phew!

There are too many to list here, but I strongly encourage you to blend in with the opsdroid community. Not only are these kind people, they are also very active and develop fancy and useful bots!

Matrix in the News 📰

Pascal brought to our attention a nice guide from the Fedora Magazine on how to have multiple matrix sessions with Element on Fedora.

Dept of Ping 🏓

Here we reveal, rank, and applaud the homeservers with the lowest ping, as measured by pingbot, a maubot that you can host on your own server.

#ping:maunium.net

Join #ping:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1boba.best529
2heitkoetter.net765
3maescool.be873
4envs.net886
5aria-net.org926
6matrix.markshorten.co.uk1201
7mailstation.de3555.5
8trygve.me3853.5
9jauriarts.org4394.5
10matrix.liamgooch.com4445

#ping-no-synapse:maunium.net

Join #ping-no-synapse:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1ma.0x.no424
2jae.su448
3weasy-is-my.name453
4dendrite.neilalexander.dev1179
5matrix.awesomesheep48.me1318
60x1a8510f2.space1818.5
7dendrite01.fiksel.info2218
8dendrite.matrix.org9999

That's all I know 🏁

See you next week, and be sure to stop by #twim:matrix.org with your updates!

This Week in Matrix 2021-10-29

2021-10-29 — This Week in Matrix — Thib

Matrix Live 🎙

This week my guest is Element's Kat who conducted various Community Testing Sessions. If you want to learn more about it, why Kat is conducting them, and how you can help, have a look at it!

Dept of Social Good 🙆

Denise reports

TL;DR: Europe is close to officially regulating big corporations and forcing them to open their silos via the Digital Markets Act. Element joined forces with other companies to make sure that the members of the European Commission about to vote on the regulation knew how important it is.

Matrix was created to break the silos, as an interoperable layer for all communications. We wanted to ensure people had the ability to choose where their data is stored, and had the choice of interface to access them. This was also a good way to enable better competition and innovation in the communication space, forcing the players to compete on value add. But whilst Matrix is already a 39M users open network in itself, it could be even better if the bigger silos decided to open up and participate into it.

In December last year, as part of the Digital Markets Act (DMA), the European Commission proposed to update the competition law for digital markets with rules mandating ‘gatekeeping’ platforms to open up, in order to enable innovation and data sovereignty.

This move is so aligned with Matrix and Element’s mission, that Element joined over twenty other organisations to launch the Coalition for Competitive Digital Markets on Tuesday the 26th. The coalition supports stronger rules for large online platforms in the DMA, calling for amendments to it to make sure that major services offer a public API to interact with their core services and to ban the pre-installation and default setting of core platform apps.

Matrix is a perfect example of how technology can thrive through openness and collaboration. We will bring our experiences of using federated and decentralised technologies to MEPs and Council members, in the hope for a regulatory framework which supports European innovation, competition and interoperability.

For more information and to sign our open letter, check out our website: competitivedigitalmarkets.eu

Dept of Spec 📜

anoa says

Here's your weekly spec update! The heart of Matrix is the specification - and this is modified by Matrix Spec Change (MSC) proposals. Learn more about how the process works at https://spec.matrix.org/unstable/proposals.

MSC Status

New MSCs:

  • There were no new MSCs created this week.

MSCs with proposed Final Comment Period:

  • No MSCs entered proposed FCP state this week.

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

Merged MSCs:

Spec Updates

Matrix 1.1 is just around the corner! The team continues to work hard on getting the infrastructure surrounding the new release process set up, as well as reviewing MSCs, including the ones you can see above!

The current speculative release date is in about a week or two. Keep your eyes peeled!

Random Spec of the Week

The random spec of the week is... MSC3192: Batch state endpoint!

This is one of those MSCs that will likely be sorely needed at some point in time, but currently hasn't gotten a lot of attention. I can think of all sorts of usecases for this (on top of the many that the MSC puts forwards). Go ahead and give it a read!

Dept of Servers 🏢

Synapse

Synapse is the reference homeserver for Matrix

callahad says

Over the weekend, one of the servers backing matrix.org suffered a hardware failure, leading to around half an hour of downtime as we failed over to another system. Remediating and monitoring that has been the focus of much of the Synapse team over the past week.

We also shipped a release candidate for Synapse 1.46, due for formal release next week. Notably, we believe this solves a performance regression which was introduced in Synapse 1.44. If you've been experiencing long hangs or other periods of unresponsiveness, please try upgrading to 1.46.0rc1 and let us know if it resolves your issues.

The Synapse team has also decided to aim for building a rough prototype of MSC2775: Lazy loading over federation by the end of the year, in hopes that this will pave the way to extremely fast joins of large rooms.

We're also continuing to work on static type checking in our projects: As of today, Sydent passes mypy --strict! We hope to write about what we've learned in the near future.

dmr says

Here's an addendum about Sydent. We can see the results of our efforts visually, thanks to mypy's reporting options. Two different metrics show increasing coverage since our typing efforts began in the summer. The grey strip shows the last fortnight's sprint in particular.

Homeserver Deployment 📥️

Helm Chart

Matrix Kubernetes applications packaged into helm charts

Ananace says

And as always, this week brings with it updates to my Helm Charts - with element-web being updated to 1.9.3

Dept of Bridges 🌉

MAM support for Bifröst

uhoreg reports

One of the shortfalls facing XMPP users of the Bifröst Matrix bridge is the lack of support for Message Archive Management (MAM), which allows XMPP users to retrieve messages sent when they are offline, when they come online next time. Sunday Nkwuda and Olatunji Ajayi, with help from Pirate Praveen, are planning on writing support for MAM in XMPP.js (the XMPP library that Bifrost uses), and then adding MAM support to Bifröst. Since this requires some dedicated full-time effort, they are fundraising to support this project at https://opencollective.com/mam-plugin-for-xmppjs. Many thanks to the XMPP Standards Foundation for serving as fiscal host for the fundraising.

Heisenbridge

Heisenbridge is a bouncer-style Matrix IRC bridge.

hifi reports

Release v1.4.0 🥳

  • Free form AUTOCMD after joining a channel, per channel
  • Automatic rejoin on invite or kick (invite enabled by default)
  • AVATAR network room command to set avatars for IRC users (admin only)
  • WHOIS room command for PMs, PART for channels
  • Add ROOM command in network room to run channel room commands safely
  • Move PLUMBCFG stuff under ROOM command

A smaller release this time around which consists mostly of QoL stuff to make things a little easier. IdleRPG users can now rejoice and login to your character automatically with channel AUTOCMD when joining on reconnect as what's more important: running a bridge to engage in deep conversations or sit in a channel doing nothing?

Plumb users need to use the new generic ROOM command in network rooms to configure plumbs now that PLUMBCFG has been removed.

Go grab your fix from GitHub, PyPI or matrix-docker-ansible-deploy!

Thanks!

Dept of Clients 📱

Hydrogen

Hydrogen is a lightweight matrix client with legacy and mobile browser support

Bruno reports

Several bug fix releases this week, and hope to get out another release tonight with support for dehydrated devices, which should prevent you from missing any messages while you are logged out of all your devices.

Element Web/Desktop

Secure and independent communication, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-web:matrix.org!

kittykat announces

Our next community testing session on Web will be at 16:30 - 18:00 BST on Wednesday, 3rd November. We will be focusing on voice messages and calls. Join us in #element-community-testing:matrix.org to find out more and help out.

Thib says

  • Released element Web 1.9.3
  • Added sourcemap support to the sentry telemetry sent with rageshakes, and added support for opt-in automatic sentry reporting when errors occur as a labs flag
  • We’ve been working on making notifications and matrix.to work correctly with threads in Element Web. Our MSC continues to progress, receiving feedback from the Spec Core Team this week, and we’ve started to plan how to test the feature.
  • We’re also exploring more intuitive ways to lay out and customise Spaces on the web.

Element iOS

Secure and independent communication for iOS, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-ios:matrix.org!

Thib says

  • Fix memory management issues
  • Rewrite text composer
  • Depreciate MatrixKit
  • Implement PostHog analytics
  • Improve media sizing in the share extension
  • Improve the crypto store
  • We’re continuing to flesh out creating & managing Spaces on iOS.

Element Android

Secure and independent communication for Android, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-android:matrix.org!

Thib reports

  • Element Android 1.3.6 is on its way to the PlayStore but Google is taking looooong time to review. Release candidate 1.3.7 is scheduled to next Wednesday
  • Replacing Rx by coroutines Flow is nearly there, and will be merged on develop after the release 1.3.7.
  • Besides that we have started to work on Threads and on Polls.
  • Some changes have been made on the SDK API to suit SDK users regarding the AuthenticationService. They will be available in SDK 1.3.7 (next Wednesday).
  • And as always, we work to improve the performance of the application and of the SDK, as well as fixing bugs here and there.
  • We added two (opt-in) lab options:
    • Automatic bug report
    • Structured login / open telemetry (offline)
  • On the crypto side, we're making progress on Android Rust SDK, room shields and key backups

kittykat announces

Last week we had a successful and productive community testing session on Android where we found many issues, including 21 defects, which are already being addressed by product, designers and developers.

Cinny

Cinny is a Matrix client focused on simplicity, elegance and security

Lozenge says

Features

  • Add support for SSO login
  • Implement Profile Viewer
  • Add search in People drawer
  • Add option to filter People in People Drawer

Bugs

  • Fix make both user admin on DM create
  • Fix unable to send msg in DM from IRC users
  • Fixed inconsistent search in emojiboard
  • Fix profile picture inconsistency
  • Fix wildcard matching in emoji search
  • Fix message menu placement on large screen
  • Fix autofocus in msg input upon clicking emojis in emojiboard.

Find more about Cinny at https://cinny.in/ Join our channel at: #cinny:matrix.org Github: https://github.com/ajbura/cinny Twitter: https://twitter.com/@cinnyapp

Dept of SDKs and Frameworks 🧰

AIOMatrix

AIOMatrix is a simple Matrix bot library for creating bots.

forden says

Today has been released aiomatrix 0.2.0

Supported features:

  • almost full support of client-server API r0.6.1
  • handlers for any event
  • sending messages
  • editing messages
  • support for multiple accounts
  • extendable filters system

Check out examples in Github repo and join us in #aiomatrix:matrix.org (or in #aiomatrix-ru:matrix.org for russian-speaking folks)

Halcyon

Halcyon is an easy to use matrix library inspired by discord.py

gen3 says

Hello again! Halcyon is a Matrix bot library created with the intention of being easy to install and use. This release brought some new non-breaking features:

  • Added markdown package as a dependency, used in formatted messages
  • Added support for the following message types: TEXT, EMOTE, NOTICE, IMAGE, FILE, AUDIO, VIDEO
  • Added support for downloading and uploading MXCs (matrix media)
  • Fixed a reported import issue when trying to use the CLI (Thanks @Josh)
  • Added more documentation and a new example in usage.md

More info at on the project at https://github.com/WesR/Halcyon Chat with us over in #halcyon:blackline.xyz

Dept of Events and Talks 🗣️

Qt World Summit '21

kitsune says

Tobias Fella and I are going to give an introductory-level talk at Qt World Summit '21 next Wednesday (3-Nov) about data encryption in Qt applications, with me giving my usual general bla-bla high-level overview and then Tobias talking about really specific stuff like Base64 using std::variant and a bunch of Qt classes to make your encryption-using code less of spaghetti and more of good-looking modern C++. The talk will be at 15:30 CET/CDT (once for EMEA/APAC and once for Americas), Platform track. Advance registration is necessary. In fact, the talks are pre-recorded but both of us will be online during the session and shortly after so please come around to make sure The Qt Company gets the message and considers adding Quotient as another module to Qt (ok, that's just a dream for now but who knows...)

Berlin Meetup

jaller94 reports

Heads up for those in Berlin. You're welcome to join us Tuesday, 2nd Nov at 7:00 PM chatting about Matrix development and hosting. We're going to meet in person at c-base. In compliance with the hackerspace's house rules this is a strict 2G event.

If possible, join our #matrix-berlin:matrix.org room.

Dept of Interesting Projects 🛰️

Collabs

mweidner says

I work on Collabs, a library for making decentralized collaborative apps, and we have some demos that run on Matrix! E.g., in a widget-capable client like Element, send the message:

/addwidget https://compoventuals-tests.herokuapp.com/host.html?network=matrix&container=demos/rich-text/dist/rich_text.html

to add a collaborative text editor widget. (Fair warning: loading and saving is flaky, so don't type anything you can't afford to lose.)

All collaboration happens using messages sent to the Matrix room. So, you're not dependent on any external service provider, and the document is end-to-end encrypted if your room is.

We have more demos here, with instructions on how to use them in a widget. You can follow those same instructions to run your own Collabs apps (Getting Started Guide), without needing to host any servers yourself!

If you want to learn more about Collabs and see an app running on Matrix, check out my Strange Loop talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exr0iY_D-vw&t=3s. The library is in an alpha state and not yet ready for production use, but we'll be improving it steadily over the next year.

Dept of Built on Matrix 🏗️

houkime says

In FediJam feedback we were asked to explore federated gaming. So, for my third FediJam I made a dead-simple prototype of a game using Matrix not for chat, but for multiplayer.

Behold, the Federated Triangle of Doom. Game creates a chat. Any message with 'boom' posted into there spawns the Red Triangle of malice. Yes, literally just it.

Behind the scenes, it uses Godot Engine, with godot-python to make it python-capable. To connect via Matrix, it leverages matrix-nio python module.
As a server, any Matrix server without captcha/email for registration will do!
For simple local tests, I included conduit with the Linux release.

Source Code (/blog/img/MIT)

Dept of Jobs 💰️

Matthew reports

Element is on the hunt for more VoIP and VR developers to help us build next-gen native Matrix video conferencing and VR/metaverse experiences on top of Matrix! If you believe the future of the metaverse should be free/libre, standards-based, open and equitable, come join the resistance! https://apply.workable.com/elementio/j/25BB112FBD/

Dept of Ping 🏓

RankHostnameMedian MS
1envs.net569
2boba.best610
3neko.dev652.5
4ma.0x.no781.5
5matrix.markshorten.co.uk971
6aria-net.org999.5
7trygve.me1085
8fluse.duckdns.org1235
9one.ems.host1265
10matrix.farted.net1363

#ping-no-synapse:maunium.net

Join #ping-no-synapse:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1sspaeth.de387
2jae.su606
3matrix.awesomesheep48.me1717

That's all I know 🏁

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