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![Mastodon](https://i.imgur.com/NhZc40l.png)
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[![Build Status](http://img.shields.io/travis/tootsuite/mastodon.svg)][travis]
[![Code Climate](https://img.shields.io/codeclimate/github/tootsuite/mastodon.svg)][code_climate]
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[travis]: https://travis-ci.org/tootsuite/mastodon
[code_climate]: https://codeclimate.com/github/tootsuite/mastodon
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Mastodon is a **free, open-source social network server** based on **open web protocols** like ActivityPub and OStatus. The social focus of the project is a viable decentralized alternative to commercial social media silos that returns the control of the content distribution channels to the people. The technical focus of the project is a good user interface, a clean REST API for 3rd party apps and robust anti-abuse tools.
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Click on the screenshot below to watch a demo of the UI:
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[![Screenshot](https://i.imgur.com/pG3Nnz3.jpg)][youtube_demo]
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[youtube_demo]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO1jQ8_rAMU
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**Ruby on Rails** is used for the back-end, while **React.js** and Redux are used for the dynamic front-end. A static front-end for public resources (profiles and statuses) is also provided.
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If you would like, you can [support the development of this project on Patreon][patreon]. Alternatively, you can donate to this BTC address: `17j2g7vpgHhLuXhN4bueZFCvdxxieyRVWd`
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[patreon]: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=619786

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## Resources

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- [Frequently Asked Questions](https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-Mastodon/FAQ.md)
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- [Use this tool to find Twitter friends on Mastodon](https://bridge.joinmastodon.org)
- [API overview](https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-the-API/API.md)
- [List of Mastodon instances](https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-Mastodon/List-of-Mastodon-instances.md)
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- [List of apps](https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-Mastodon/Apps.md)
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- [List of sponsors](https://joinmastodon.org/sponsors)
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## Features

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**No vendor lock-in: Fully interoperable with any conforming platform**

It doesn't have to be Mastodon, whatever implements ActivityPub or OStatus is part of the social network!

**Real-time timeline updates**

See the updates of people you're following appear in real-time in the UI via WebSockets. There's a firehose view as well!

**Federated thread resolving**

If someone you follow replies to a user unknown to the server, the server fetches the full thread so you can view it without leaving the UI

**Media attachments like images and short videos**

Upload and view images and WebM/MP4 videos attached to the updates. Videos with no audio track are treated like GIFs; normal videos are looped - like vines!

**OAuth2 and a straightforward REST API**

Mastodon acts as an OAuth2 provider so 3rd party apps can use the API

**Fast response times**

Mastodon tries to be as fast and responsive as possible, so all long-running tasks are delegated to background processing

**Deployable via Docker**

You don't need to mess with dependencies and configuration if you want to try Mastodon, if you have Docker and Docker Compose the deployment is extremely easy

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## Development

Please follow the [development guide](https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Running-Mastodon/Development-guide.md) from the documentation repository.
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## Deployment
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There are guides in the documentation repository for [deploying on various platforms](https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation#running-mastodon).
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## Contributing
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You can open issues for bugs you've found or features you think are missing. You can also submit pull requests to this repository. [Here are the guidelines for code contributions](CONTRIBUTING.md)
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**IRC channel**: #mastodon on irc.freenode.net

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## Extra credits
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The elephant friend illustrations are created by [Dopatwo](https://mastodon.social/@dopatwo)