Commit a3d4f1bd authored by Eugen Rochko's avatar Eugen Rochko Committed by GitHub

Update outdated README (#5262)

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[travis]: https://travis-ci.org/tootsuite/mastodon [travis]: https://travis-ci.org/tootsuite/mastodon
[code_climate]: https://codeclimate.com/github/tootsuite/mastodon [code_climate]: https://codeclimate.com/github/tootsuite/mastodon
Mastodon is a free, open-source social network server. A decentralized solution to commercial platforms, it avoids the risks of a single company monopolizing your communication. Anyone can run Mastodon and participate in the social network seamlessly. 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.
An alternative implementation of the GNU social project. Based on [ActivityStreams](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Activity_Streams_(format)), [Webfinger](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebFinger), [WebSub](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebSub) and [Salmon](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salmon_(protocol)). Click on the screenshot below to watch a demo of the UI:
Click on the screenshot to watch a demo of the UI:
[![Screenshot](https://i.imgur.com/pG3Nnz3.jpg)][youtube_demo] [![Screenshot](https://i.imgur.com/pG3Nnz3.jpg)][youtube_demo]
[youtube_demo]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO1jQ8_rAMU [youtube_demo]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO1jQ8_rAMU
The project focus is a clean REST API and a good user interface. 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. **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.
If you would like, you can [support the development of this project on Patreon][patreon]. Alternatively, you can donate to this BTC address: `17j2g7vpgHhLuXhN4bueZFCvdxxieyRVWd` If you would like, you can [support the development of this project on Patreon][patreon]. Alternatively, you can donate to this BTC address: `17j2g7vpgHhLuXhN4bueZFCvdxxieyRVWd`
[patreon]: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=619786 [patreon]: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=619786
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## Resources ## Resources
- [List of Mastodon instances](https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-Mastodon/List-of-Mastodon-instances.md)
- [Use this tool to find Twitter friends on Mastodon](https://mastodon-bridge.herokuapp.com)
- [API overview](https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-the-API/API.md)
- [Frequently Asked Questions](https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-Mastodon/FAQ.md) - [Frequently Asked Questions](https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-Mastodon/FAQ.md)
- [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)
- [List of apps](https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-Mastodon/Apps.md) - [List of apps](https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-Mastodon/Apps.md)
- [List of sponsors](https://joinmastodon.org/sponsors)
## Features ## Features
- **Fully interoperable with GNU social and any OStatus platform** **No vendor lock-in: Fully interoperable with any conforming platform**
Whatever implements Atom feeds, ActivityStreams, Salmon, WebSub and Webfinger is part of the network
- **Real-time timeline updates** It doesn't have to be Mastodon, whatever implements ActivityPub or OStatus is part of the social network!
See the updates of people you're following appear in real-time in the UI via WebSockets
- **Federated thread resolving** **Real-time timeline updates**
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 WebM** See the updates of people you're following appear in real-time in the UI via WebSockets. There's a firehose view as well!
Upload and view images and WebM videos attached to the updates
- **OAuth2 and a straightforward REST API** **Federated thread resolving**
Mastodon acts as an OAuth2 provider so 3rd party apps can use the API, which is RESTful and simple
- **Background processing for long-running tasks** 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
Mastodon tries to be as fast and responsive as possible, so all long-running tasks that can be delegated to background processing, are
- **Deployable via Docker** **Media attachments like images and short videos**
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
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 ## Development
Please follow the [development guide](https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Running-Mastodon/Development-guide.md) from the documentation repository. 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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**IRC channel**: #mastodon on irc.freenode.net **IRC channel**: #mastodon on irc.freenode.net
## Extra credits ---
- The [Emoji One](https://github.com/Ranks/emojione) pack has been used for the emojis ## Extra credits
- The error page image courtesy of [Dopatwo](https://www.youtube.com/user/dopatwo)
![Mastodon error image](https://mastodon.social/oops.png) The elephant friend illustrations are created by [Dopatwo](https://mastodon.social/@dopatwo)
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