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Q&A Understanding the Matrix protocol vs Matrix server and what can be implemented from scratch

Since Matrix messenger offers only a protocol,[1] as a software engineer I can choose to: Write my own client or use an existing client Write my own server with my own server logic or join an e...

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by erjcan‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Michael‭

Question open-source matrix
#3: Post edited by user avatar Michael‭ · 2024-04-08T17:15:54Z (2 months ago)
Lots of proofreading
  • understanding the matrix protocol vs matrix server and what can be implemented from scratch
  • Understanding the Matrix protocol vs Matrix server and what can be implemented from scratch
  • since matrix messenger offers only protocol(as i understand - its similar to POP3, https etc)
  • as a software engineer i can choose:
  • - to write my own client/ use existing client
  • - code up my own server with my own server logic/join existing server
  • i'm confused. is matrix protocol kinda similar to email server protocol?
  • if i write up my own server - it should still be able to talk to other users from other servers - because it uses same matrix protocol?
  • similar to how users with diff email providers - yahoo and google can still send emails to each other since they both use same protocol?
  • is it correct? i can still write my own server from scratch in whatever language i want?
  • Since Matrix messenger offers only a protocol,[^1] as a software engineer I can choose to:
  • - Write my own client _or_ use an existing client
  • - Write my own server with my own server logic _or_ join an existing server
  • I'm confused. Is the Matrix protocol kind of similar to email server protocol?
  • If I write up my own server, will it still be able to talk to other users from other servers because it uses the same Matrix protocol?
  • This is similar to how users with different email providers (Yahoo, Google) can still send emails to each other since they both use same protocol, right?
  • Is it correct? I can still write my own server from scratch in whatever language I want?
  • [^1]: As I understand it, Matrix is similar to POP3, HTTPS, etc.
#2: Post edited by user avatar erjcan‭ · 2024-04-08T10:40:06Z (2 months ago)
  • clearing out the matrix protocol vs matrix server and implementation
  • understanding the matrix protocol vs matrix server and what can be implemented from scratch
#1: Initial revision by user avatar erjcan‭ · 2024-04-08T10:39:34Z (2 months ago)
clearing out the matrix protocol vs matrix server and implementation
since matrix messenger offers only protocol(as i understand - its similar to POP3, https etc)

as a software engineer i can choose:
- to write my own client/ use existing client
- code up my own server with my own server logic/join existing server



i'm confused. is matrix protocol kinda similar to email server protocol?

if i write up my own server - it should still be able to talk to other users from other servers - because it uses same matrix protocol?
similar to how users with diff email providers - yahoo and google can still send emails to each other since they both use same protocol?

is it correct? i can still write my own server from scratch in whatever language i want?