- secure, easy, self-hosted messaging is an open specification for a new Saltpack based e2e encrypted messaging protocol and platform for secure communications with a focus on privacy, security and being self-hosted.

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๐Ÿ‘‰ Getting Started

  1. Make sure you have a Domain Name Choosing a Registrar
  2. Read the instructions and start chatting!

๐ŸŒ Choosing a Registrar

There are numerous Domain Name Registrars you can choose from to register a domain name. It really doesn’t matter which one you use, but you do need a domain name to use Salty IM. Salty IM will also work with a sub-domain (a name under someone else’s domain).

Some reputable registrars include:

Once you have a domain name you will also need to run a small Web Server on it so that Salty Addresses can be looked up automatically by the Discovery process.

As Salty IM is decentralised this is an important step. If you cannot for some reason obtain a domain name and run a small web server, there are other options (see below).

โ‰ Help! What?!

Okay if you don’t understand anything about Domains and Web Servers don’t worry!

We’ve got you covered! Currently you can skip these steps and just install Salty straight away and just following the setup process. Although we highly encourage you to setup your own domain and server as Salty IM is designed to be decentralised, we realize this is not for everyone. By default Salty IM will use publicly available free servers so you don’t need to worry about this.

๐Ÿ’พ Sources

The project is managed by a self-hosted Gitea instance at

๐Ÿ’ฌ Collaboration

We have an IRC channel on the Libera.Chat IRC network. You are welcome to come chat to us, hang out and get involved!

๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ PrivacyPolicy

Salty.IM is a decentralised instant messaging protocol inspired by IndieWeb and Twtxt and accompanying project of

Like there is a reference broker (server) and client(s) such as the command-line client salty-chat and a mobile app.

The privacy policy therefore only strictly applies to the reference broker and clients (including the mobile app) built and provided by the Salty.Im developers.

๐Ÿ‘จโ€โš–๏ธ License

Salty IM and Salty Chat are licensed under the terms of the MIT License.