What is Element?

Element is a chat and collaboration application built on top of the Matrix protocol. Matrix is an open standard for decentralized communication that enables secure and interoperable messaging across different platforms and services.

Element provides features such as real-time messaging, voice and video calls, end-to-end encryption, file sharing, and the ability to create public or private chat rooms known as “Matrix rooms.” It is designed to be a versatile and extensible platform that can be used for personal communication, team collaboration, or even building custom communication applications.

Element offers various clients, including a web app, desktop applications for Windows, macOS, and Linux, as well as mobile apps for iOS and Android. These clients allow users to connect to Matrix servers, join rooms, and communicate with other Matrix users.

One of the key advantages of Element and the Matrix protocol is its decentralized nature. Instead of relying on a central server controlled by a single entity, Matrix uses a federated architecture where multiple servers communicate and exchange messages.

This design promotes data privacy, security, and freedom of choice, as users have more control over their data and can choose the Matrix server they trust.