Welcome to the gomuks docs!


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Installing a package

The releases on GitHub contain binaries and debian packages:

GitLab CI builds binaries for each commit: (currently available for linux/amd64, linux/arm, linux/arm64, darwin/amd64, darwin/arm64 and windows/amd64).

The release and CI binaries for Linux and Windows are statically built and have no dependencies at all. The binaries for macOS require installing libolm, either with brew install libolm or by placing libolm.3.dylib from the CI in the same directory as the gomuks binary.

There are also community maintained packages for several distributions. If you've made a new distro package, please add it to the list below.

Compiling from source

  1. Install Go 1.20 or higher.
    • If you want end-to-end encryption, also install libolm-dev (3.x required, 2.x won't work) and C/C++ compilers.
    • If you don't want encryption, disable CGO with export CGO_ENABLED=0.
  2. Clone the repo: git clone && cd gomuks
  3. Build: ./ ( will simply call go build with some additional flags).

Simply pull changes (git pull) and run go build again to update.

Common compilation issues

  • fatal error: olm/olm.h: No such file or directory means you forgot to install libolm-dev, or that you installed it in a weird place which isn't in your default library lookup path.
    • In the latter case, set the LIBRARY_PATH and CPATH environment variables, e.g. export LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/lib CPATH=/usr/local/include.
  • fatal error: olm/pk.h: No such file or directory means you installed libolm2 instead of libolm3.
  • cgo: C compiler "gcc" not found: exec: "gcc": executable file not found in $PATH means you forgot to install C/C++ compilers.
  • //go:build comment without // +build comment means your Go version is slightly outdated.
  • cannot load embed: malformed module path "embed" or package embed is not in GOROOT means your Go version is very outdated.
  • cannot find package "" in any of: usually means your Go version is extremely outdated.


How do I verify the gomuks session?

To self-sign the device using your security key, use /cs fetch, enter your security key in the dialog that appears, then use /cs self-sign.

Alternatively, find yourself in the user list on Element Web or Desktop, click on "X sessions", click on the gomuks session and use "Manually verify by text", then compare the fingerprint to what gomuks outputs with the /fingerprint command. Note that the text verification option is not available in the security & privacy settings, it's only in the right panel user list.

Why are old messages undecryptable?

gomuks currently doesn't support key backup and doesn't request keys automatically, so only messages sent after initial login will be decryptable. To see older messages, export keys to file from another client and use the /import command. After importing keys, you need to clear cache to have gomuks retry decrypting old messages.

How do I use a proxy?

Go's HTTP library reads the https_proxy environment variable by default (see for more info).

How do I copy text from gomuks?

Most terminals allow selecting text even when mouse mode is enabled by using shift+drag. However, that way doesn't work for copying multiline text, so you may prefer the /copy command for copying a single message, or Ctrl+L to enter plaintext mode where you can copy whatever you want.

Can I use gomuks with multiple accounts?

gomuks currently only supports one account at a time, but you can run multiple instances of gomuks with different data directories. See the entry below for details.

Where does gomuks store data?

By default, data is stored in the default config/cache/data directories using OS-specific conventions. To store all gomuks data in a custom directory, use the GOMUKS_ROOT environment variable.

You can also override individual directories using GOMUKS_THING_HOME (where THING is CONFIG, DATA or CACHE).

  • Config contains the main local config file.
  • Data contains encryption keys.
  • Cache contains things that can be refetched from the server: message history, room state, automatically downloaded files, preferences that are synced to the server, etc.

The default directory for manual file downloads (using the /download command) is the same on all systems: $GOMUKS_DOWNLOAD_HOME, $(xdg-user-dir DOWNLOAD), or $HOME/Downloads.

Note that the environment variables only take effect before first startup. After first startup, everything except the config path is saved to the config and will be read from there. To move existing gomuks data to a different path, you must change the paths in the config file.

Debug logs

To get debug logs from gomuks, launch it with DEBUG=1 in the environment. Logs will be stored in ~/.local/state/gomuks by default. Prior to v0.4.0, the default path was /tmp/gomuks. The path can be changed using the DEBUG_DIR environment variable.

System-specific defaults

These are the base directories for each OS, data will be stored in the gomuks directory inside each base directory.


  • Config: $XDG_CONFIG_HOME or $HOME/.config
  • Cache: $XDG_CACHE_HOME or $HOME/.cache
  • Data: $XDG_DATA_HOME or $HOME/.local/share


  • Config & Data: $HOME/Library/Application Support
  • Cache: $HOME/Library/Caches


  • Config & Data: %AppData%
  • Cache: %LocalAppData%



  • /help - View command list.
  • /quit - Close gomuks.
  • /clearcache - Clear room state and close gomuks.
  • /logout - Log out, clear caches and go back to the login view.
  • /fingerprint - Shows the Device ID and fingerprint, allowing verification of the session.
  • /copy [register] - Copy the selected message to the specified clipboard register (defaults to clipboard).
  • /toggle <thing> - Toggle user preferences.
    • rooms - Room list sidebar.
    • users - User list sidebar.
    • baremessages - Bare message mode where the sender name is inline with the messages.
    • images - Text image rendering.
    • typingnotif - Outgoing typing notifications.
    • emojis - :emoji: conversion when sending messages.
    • html - HTML input.
    • markdown - Markdown input.
    • downloads - Automatic downloads (this will also prevent images from working).
    • notifications - Desktop notifications.
    • unverified - Sending (e2ee keys for) messages to unverified devices. You need to restart gomuks for this setting to take effect.
    • inlineurls - Inline URLs in text. May not be supported in all terminals. You need to restart gomuks for this setting to take effect.


Tab-completing file paths is supported in all these commands.

  • /download [path] - Downloads file from selected message. If path is not specified, it defaults to <download_dir>/<message.body>. download_dir defaults to $HOME/Downloads.
  • /open [path] - Download file from selected message and open it with xdg-open. If path is not specified, the file will be downloaded to the media cache.
  • /upload <path> - Upload the file at the given path to the current room. Note that to include audio/video file metadata (dimensions and duration), you must have ffprobe installed.

Sending special messages

  • /me <text> - Send an emote.
  • /notice <text> - Send a notice (generally used for bot messages).
  • /rainbow <text> - Send rainbow text.
  • /rainbowme <text> - Send rainbow text in an emote.
  • /rainbownotice <text> - Send rainbow text in a m.notice message.
  • /reply [text] - Reply to the selected message. If text is not specified, the next message will be used.
  • /react <reaction> - React to the selected message.
  • /redact [reason] - Redact (delete) the selected message.
  • /edit - Edit the selected message.


These commands support tab-completing file paths and user/device IDs using the displaynames of users/devices.

Accepting incoming interactive verification requests is not yet supported, only outgoing requests via /verify work.

  • /fingerprint - View the fingerprint of your device (for legacy/non-interactive verification).
  • /devices <user id> - View the device list of a user.
  • /device <user id> <device id> - Show info about a specific device.
  • /unverify <user id> <device id> - Un-verify a device.
  • /blacklist <user id> <device id> - Blacklist a device. Message keys are never sent to blacklisted devices.
  • /verify <user id> <device id> [fingerprint] - Verify a device. If the fingerprint is not provided, interactive emoji verification will be started.
  • /export <path> - Export all message decryption keys to the given path.
  • /export-room <path> - Export message decryption keys for the current room to the given path.
  • /import <path> - Import message decryption keys from the given path.
  • /cross-signing <subcommand> [...] - Cross-signing commands. Somewhat experimental. (alias: /cs).
    • status - Check the status of your own cross-signing keys.
    • generate [--force] - Generate and upload new cross-signing keys. This will prompt you to enter your account password. If you already have existing keys, --force is required.
    • self-sign - Sign the current device with cached cross-signing keys. (or in other words, verify the current device).
    • fetch [--save-to-disk] - Fetch your cross-signing keys from SSSS and decrypt them. If --save-to-disk is specified, the keys are saved to disk.
    • upload - Upload your cross-signing keys to SSSS.
  • /ssss <subcommand> [...] - Secure Secret Storage (and Sharing) commands. Very experimental.
    • status [key ID] - Check the status of your SSSS.
    • generate [--set-default] - Generate a SSSS key and optionally set it as the default.
    • set-default <key ID> - Set a SSSS key as the default.



  • /pm <user id> [...] - Start a private chat with the given user(s).
  • /create [room name] - Create a new room.


  • /join <room> [server] - Join the room with the given room ID or alias, optionally through the given server.
  • /accept (in a room you're invited to) - Accept the invite.
  • /reject (in a room you're invited to) - Reject the invite.


  • /invite <user id> - Invite the given user ID to the room.
  • /roomnick <name> - Change your per-room displayname.
  • /tag <tag> <priority> - Add the room to <tag>. <tag> should start with u. and <priority> should be a float between 0 and 1. Rooms are sorted in ascending priority order.
  • /untag <tag> - Remove the room from <tag>.
  • /tags - List the tags the room is in.
  • /powerlevel [thing] [level] - View or change power levels in rooms.


  • /leave - Leave the current room.
  • /kick <user id> [reason] - Kick a user.
  • /ban <user id> [reason] - Ban a user.
  • /unban <user id> - Unban a user.


  • /alias add <localpart> - Add #<localpart>:your.server as an address for the current room.
  • /alias remove <localpart> - Remove #<localpart>:your.server (can be ran in any room).
  • /alias resolve <alias> - Resolve <alias> or #<alias>:your.server and reply with the room ID.

Raw events

  • /send <room id> <event type> <content> - Send a custom event.
  • /setstate <room id> <event type> <state key/-> <content> - Change room state.
  • /msend <event type> <content> - Send a custom event to the current room.
  • /msetstate <event type> <state key/-> <content> - Change room state in the current room.
  • /id - Get the current room ID.


  • /hprof - Create a heap profile and write it to in the current directory.
  • /cprof <seconds> - Profile the CPU usage for the given number of seconds and write it to
  • /trace <seconds> - Trace calls for the given number of seconds and write traces to gomuks.trace.



Ctrl and Alt are interchangeable in most keybindings, but the other one may not work depending on your terminal emulator.

  • Switch rooms: Ctrl + , Ctrl +
  • Scroll chat (page): PgUp, PgDown
  • Jump to room: Ctrl + K, type part of a room's name, then Tab and Enter to navigate and select room
  • Plaintext mode: Ctrl + L
  • Newline: Alt + Enter
  • Autocompletion: Tab (emojis, usernames, room aliases and commands)

Editing messages

and can be used at the start and end of the input area to jump to edit the previous or next message respectively.

Selecting messages

After using commands that require selecting messages (e.g. /reply and /redact), you can move the selection with and confirm with Enter.


  • Click to select message (for commands such as /reply that act on a message)
  • Ctrl + click on image to open in your default image viewer (xdg-open)
  • Click on a username to insert a mention of that user into the composer


If something doesn't work but it doesn't crash, check the /tmp/gomuks/debug.log file for any errors. You can override the location of this file with the DEBUG_DIR environment variable.


Set DEBUG=1 to enable partial deadlock detection and to write panics to stdout instead of a file.

To build and run with race detection, use go install -race and set GORACE='history_size=7 log_path=/tmp/gomuks/race.log' when starting gomuks, then check /tmp/gomuks/race.log.<pid>. Note that race detection will use a lot of extra resources.

Proper debuggers are too fancy, but normal prints won't work in a TUI application. To write to the debug log mentioned previously, use the package:

package foo

import (

func Foo() {
	debug.Print("WHY ISN'T IT WORKING?!?!?")