Ruma VS matrix-rust-sdk

Compare Ruma vs matrix-rust-sdk and see what are their differences.


A set of Rust crates for interacting with the Matrix chat network. (by ruma)


Matrix Client-Server SDK for Rust (by matrix-org)
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Ruma matrix-rust-sdk
5 11
451 696
2.0% 7.9%
8.3 9.7
9 days ago 7 days ago
Rust Rust
MIT License Apache License 2.0
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Ruma. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-01-19.


Posts with mentions or reviews of matrix-rust-sdk. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-02-15.
  • Collaborative WYSIWYG document editor built-on matrix-rust-sdk and matrix-rich-text-editor?
    2 projects | | 15 Feb 2023
    Hello everyone, I am finally making it to all of the great talks about Matrix from FOSDEM 23, and one thing that seemed like an obvious thing that could be built on some of the new projects works (matrix-rich-text-editor, matrix-rust-sdk) is a collaborative (multi-user, live edits) document tool built ontop of rust. That said, I haven't seen any project doing this yet. Does anyone know of one?
  • Matrix 2.0 — Matthew Hodgson talks about Rust in Element client, Rust SDK, IETF MLS, MIMI and more
    7 projects | | 7 Feb 2023
    Another important piece of the ecosystem for which Rust was used is the SDK. This new SDK was used to write the newest mobile client - Element X. The current Element client will also see its cryptography implementation being changed from Javascript to Rust, this was also made possible by the new Rust based SDK.
  • Some key-value storage engines in Rust
    12 projects | | 27 Dec 2022
    Let's say I'll switch as soon as they start using Sanakirja. They're partially right in their analysis of Sanakirja, but their comments are more about the lack of expressiveness of the unsafe keyword in Rust than about Sanakirja itself. I'm preparing a blog post about my dream version of unsafe.
  • IRCv3 2022 Spec round-up
    8 projects | | 20 Nov 2022
    >Well I care, that does not mean that you have to care.

    The point I'm making is that the protocol being implement-able by yourself or grabbing a lib from someone else is moot, since you will 9 times out of 10 use a library.

    >Again, look at the lack of client diversity for Matrix and tell me that you do not think that there is at least some correlation in terms of the complexity of the protocol.

    The problem is not client diversity for Matrix - there's plenty of them. The problem is that Matrix is more than displaying a log on a screen, and most of the clients are frankly abysmal and could use a trained UI/UX owner.

    >last I checked it meant using either Python or Go

    The Rust SDK has worked well for me, although I can't state how close it is to Python or Go's libs. That said, I know I'm certainly not the only one using it.

    The Rust lib could be wrapped into other languages (e.g, Ruby) if there's not a good SDK for that language. I don't really consider this to be an issue, especially considering the Rust SDK is maintained by the Matrix org themselves.

    >Add to this that the more mandatory features you have and keep adding

    Don't maintain your own bespoke library and you won't have to. :)

    >But I am not going to behave as if images, reactions, code blocks, threads, end-to-end encryption, voice calls, video calls, etc. do not come at a cost.

    They do come at a cost, but that's the price of admission for what people expect from modern chat systems. I'd rather live in 2022 than 2004, and I grew up on IRC.

  • Back to School: Free Rust Courses
    7 projects | | 27 Aug 2022
    I'm not entirely sure what I plan to use Rust with at the moment, however my first project so far has been to write a Matrix bot using the matrix-rust-sdk library :)
  • GTK4 Matrix Client
    6 projects | | 10 Apr 2022
    Just for everyone else reading, the modern Matrix Rust stack referred to here is the matrix-rust-sdk:
  • E2EE vulnerability in multiple Matrix clients
    8 projects | | 13 Sep 2021
    The current way we're approaching this is to split the reference E2EE implementation into its own rust crate ( which can be used with any SDK (e.g. we're almost finished embedding it into the Kotlin matrix-android-sdk2 client)

    Separately, there's also the overall matrix-rust-sdk for clients to use as a "full fat" Matrix client SDK - as used by Fractal Next ( etc. We might end up using this in Element too in future (especially in Element iOS, where a Swift UI + matrix-rust-sdk backend could be quite a cute next generation architecture).

    So while the first generation reference Matrix SDKs (matrix-js-sdk, matrix-ios-sdk and matrix-android-sdk) were completely independent implementations, each with their own bugs and increased audit surface, we're hoping that matrix-rust-sdk will simplify this a lot in future.

  • Announcing Conduit Beta (Matrix chat server)
    2 projects | | 1 Sep 2021
    If you want to (re)write an appservice in Rust, have a look at
  • Element raises $30M to boost Matrix
    18 projects | | 27 Jul 2021
    The author appears to be working on the matrix-rust-sdk which is a dependency of that plugin pretty consistently for the last month:
  • Threema: Der Messenger ist ab sofort Open Source, App kurzfristig reduziert zu haben
    4 projects | | 21 Dec 2020
    Fractal wiederum kann ziemlich viel inkl. Uploads, aber die Verschlüsselung wird wohl erst dann kommen, wenn matrix-sdk ausgereift ist. An der Integration wird definitiv gearbeitet.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Ruma and matrix-rust-sdk you can also consider the following projects:

cgmath-rs - A linear algebra and mathematics library for computer graphics.


threema-android - Threema App for Android.

element-android - A glossy Matrix collaboration client for Android.

weechat-matrix-rs - Rust rewrite of the python weechat-matrix script.

gomuks - A terminal based Matrix client written in Go.

matterbridge - bridge between mattermost, IRC, gitter, xmpp, slack, discord, telegram, rocketchat, twitch, ssh-chat, zulip, whatsapp, keybase, matrix, microsoft teams, nextcloud, mumble, vk and more with REST API (mattermost not required!)

sydent - Sydent: Reference Matrix Identity Server

weechat-matrix - Weechat Matrix protocol script written in python

blazex - AOT compiled object oriented programming language

libQuotient - A Qt5 library to write cross-platform clients for Matrix

rust-phash - Rust Perceptual Hashing Library and Executable