A simple CLI interface to basic Matrix room admin tasks
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mxadm: a simple CLI to automate Matrix room admin tasks

mxadm is a simple command-line tool to do some basic Matrix room admin tasks, especially things which don't currently have a UI in Element, or which are possible but require a fair bit of effort (e.g. using Element's devtools).

It should be considered unstable: the command-line arguments will evolve as the tool itself evolves, but the functionality should roughly the same.

Getting started


Not yet packaged for any OS as far as I'm aware. You can install it with Rust's cargo tool:

  1. Install Rust and Cargo

  2. Install mxadm:

    $ cargo install mxadm


The only documentation is currently via the tool itself:

$ mxadm help
mxadm 0.1.0
Jez Cope <j.cope@erambler.co.uk>
A simple CLI interface to basic Matrix room admin tasks

    mxadm [SUBCOMMAND]

    -h, --help       Prints help information
    -V, --version    Prints version information

    alias     alias subcommands
    help      Prints this message or the help of the given subcommand(s)
    login     authenticates and saves the session details
    logout    ends the current session
    room      room subcommands
    status    displays current session status

Development & contributions

See also license info

This is a hobby project of mine, developed for my own use case, but I would be delighted if someone else wanted to use it! If you find bugs or want to request new features please feel free to create a new issue (it's running gitea and you can sign in with GitHub or Twitter) but bear in mind that it will probably take me some time to get around to responding or doing something about it! If you want something changing and have the skills, a pull request/patch will probably be quicker, but there will still be delays before I can review and merge it.

I'm also pretty new to Rust, so my code may not be the best; constructive code review very welcome!

Contact me


  • Login and store session info
  • Log out
  • Show login status
  • Tombstone room
  • Add room alias
  • Remove room alias
  • Set canonical room alias
    • Optionally create alias in one command
  • Remove canonical room alias
  • List rooms
  • Filter room list in various ways (esp. Spaces!)
  • Handle multiple accounts on different homeservers
  • Upgrade room
  • Make it easier to script workflows like "configure ACL permissions -> invite mjolnir -> op mjolnir" in multiple rooms


Copyright (C) 2021 Jez Cope

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see https://www.gnu.org/licenses/.