chat.privacytools.io is privacytools.io's official Matrix homeserver.
You can register a user account on this homeserver using any Matrix client, no email required. However, you do not need to be a member of this homeserver to join our rooms, and choosing a smaller instance or hosting your own will help promote decentralization and performance in the Matrix fediverse!
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In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as contributors and maintainers pledge to make participation in our project and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of a distinction of any kind, such as age, body size, disability, ethnicity, sex characteristics, gender identity and expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.
Examples of behavior that contributes to creating a positive environment include:
- Using welcoming and inclusive language
- Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
- Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
- Focusing on what is best for the community
- Showing empathy towards other community members
Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include:
- The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances
- Trolling, insulting/derogatory, antagonistic comments and personal or political attacks
- Promoting intolerance
- Public or private harassment
- Publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission
- Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting
Project maintainers are responsible for clarifying the standards of acceptable behavior and are expected to take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any instances of unacceptable behavior.
Project maintainers have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject comments, commits, code, wiki edits, issues, and other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct, or to ban temporarily or permanently any contributor for other behaviors that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.
This Code of Conduct applies within all project spaces, and it also applies when an individual is representing as a part of the project or its community in public spaces.
Examples of representing a project or community include using an official project e-mail address, posting via an official social media account, or acting as an appointed representative at an online or offline event. Representation of a project may be further defined and clarified by project maintainers.
Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by contacting blacklight447 via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or any team member on our forum. The reports should include information on whether they can be shared to other team members and how much may be told.
All complaints will be reviewed and investigated and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. The project team is obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident. Further details of specific enforcement policies may be posted separately.
Project maintainers who do not follow or enforce the Code of Conduct in good faith may face temporary or permanent repercussions as determined by other members of the project’s leadership.
This Code of Conduct is forked from and licensed under Creative Commons BY-4.0, Contributor Covenant version 1.4 by privacytools.io, which you can find on our GitHub repository.
The administration team reserves the right to make any moderation-related decisions for any reason.
To register on or connect to our homeserver, simply use
https://chat.privacytools.io as the homeserver in your Matrix client.
Do not use
riot.privacytools.io as your homeserver. You do not need to change your identity server, in fact
https://vector.im is the only functional one, by design.
If you don't have a client, you're welcome to use our Riot install to connect, and connection details will be filled in automatically
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is #general:privacytools.io chat encrypted?
No. Messages sent to the #general chat are encrypted from with client-to-server encryption, i.e. HTTPS. This means that your messages can't be viewed by an attacker on your network, or your ISP, etc. However, because this is a public chat room anybody can view your messages if they are a member, and newcomers will be able to see all message history. Do not say anything in rooms that don't use End-to-End (E2E) encryption that you wouldn't want tied to you personally.
Isn't Matrix behind Cloudflare?
Matrix.org is, Privacytools.io isn't. If you use our homeserver and our Riot install, you should be good.
What happens when I remove a message in Riot?
Your homeserver will send a removal request for that message and some clients will render it as a black line, but by editing the source it's possibly for homeserver to not respect it and do nothing. If the room is bridged to protocols that don't support message removals (IRC, XMPP), their users see nothing happening. Don’t say anything you wouldn’t want to remain in the chat forever.
Why do XMPP users keep joining and leaving all the time?
It's an issue with the XMPP bridge.
To join a room, just type
/join [room address] in any room. You can run this command from any server, not just ours!
The PrivacyTools administration operates the following channels:
#dev:privacytools.io: Discussions relating to building www.privacytools.io.
#forum:privacytools.io: All PrivacyTools Forum updates (Automated).
#general:privacytools.io: Main discussion room. All members of our homeserver will auto-join here.
#github:privacytools.io: GitHub updates for @privacytoolsIO (Automated).
#guides:privacytools.io: Privacy Guides development work.
#privacy:privacytools.io: On-topic privacy, security, opsec discussion and support.
#team:privacytools.io: Private team chat.
#wiki:privacytools.io: Wiki-building discussion room.
If you're looking for more things to chat about, check out these rooms as well:
#anime:matrix.org discussion about anime and manga
#disroot:disroot.org: Disroot.org room
#freenode_#opennic:matrix.org: OpenNIC IRC Channel.
#matrix:matrix.org: Discuss Matrix itself!
#nothing_to_hide:privacytools.io: More general privacy chat.
#_oftc_#Tor-Project:matrix.org: Official Tor Project chat room!
#plume:disroot.org: Discussion for Plume: Federated blogging.
#riot-android:matrix.org: Riot-Android discussion and support.
#riot-ios:matrix.org: Riot-iOS discussion and support.
#riotx:matrix.org: RiotX discussion and support.
#riot-web:matrix.org: Riot-web discussion and support.
If you are a room operator and want your room listed here, feel free to contact us. Especially if you operate a large room and/or are a member of our homeserver!
We do not necessarily endorse any of the content in these listed rooms.
For server related issues, the administrator of this homeserver is Jonah, who can be reached on Matrix at
For moderation related issues or anything else, you can contact Jonah or anyone in the team (listed in the
+team:privacytools.io community) via Matrix, or via email at