Pleroma is a free and open-source self-hosted distributed social networking and microblogging service. It implements the ActivityPub protocol (and formerly, OStatus), making Pleroma instances part of the wider Fediverse, an interconnected and decentralized network of independently operated servers.
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Like other Fediverse instances, idependently hosted servers running Pleroma (referred to as "instances") provide a federated microblogging experience to netizens, similar to Twitter or Weibo. Users can post, follow, and interact with other users across Pleroma and non-Pleroma instances (Mastodon, PeerTube, Friendica, etc.) seemlessly. Instance operators manage their own code of conduct, terms of service, and moderation policies, allowing users to settle on and roam instances, and browse content accordingly.
As of mid 2020, Pleroma is the second most popular Fediverse server software behind Mastodon, according to fediverse.network, with about 13% share of all instances, and about 1% of Fediverse "users".
In 2016, Pleroma was created and maintained by the pseudonymous identity "Lain" and was originally just a client-side alternative for the GNU social frontend Qvitter, which resembled an earlier Twitter user interface.
On February 22, 2019, the first stable release of Pleroma, Version 0.9.9, was released. This release included a backend implemented of OStatus and ActivityPub which was written in Elixir and the Phoenix framwork, and built with PostgreSQL.
On March 8, 2020, Pleroma Version 2.0 was released. This release dropped support for the older OStatus protocol, due to its declining use and buggy code; included database performance optimizations; and added emoji reactions.
On December 23, 2020, Pleroma Version 2.2.1 was released. This release updated Pleroma FE and included fixes for a few backend bugs. According to the Official Pleroma website, this is the latest release.
Functionality and features
Pleroma is described as being less bloated than alternatives like Mastodon, having fewer software dependencies, and less resource intensive.
Pleroma instances run software that communicates with the ActivityPub protocol. This connects Pleroma users to any other Fediverse software server that supports ActivityPub.
- The Fediverse
- Comparison of software and protocols for distributed social networking
- Comparison of microblogging services
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- Official website
- Interview with its creator
- Pleroma, a lightweight social server written in Elixir, gains ActivityPub support
- Fediverse.Party link
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