Getting set up

This page explains how to set up Hookshot for use with a Matrix homeserver.


Hookshot is fairly light on resources, and can run in as low as 100MB or so of memory. Hookshot memory requirements may increase depending on the traffic and the number of rooms bridged.

You must have administrative access to an existing homeserver in order to set up Hookshot, as Hookshot requires the homeserver to be configured with its appservice registration.

Local installation

This bridge requires at least Node 14 (though 16 is preferred), and Rust installed.

To install Node.JS, nvm is a good option.

To install Rust, rustup is the preferred solution to stay up to date.

To clone and install, run:

git clone
cd matrix-hookshot
yarn # or npm i

Starting the bridge (after configuring it), is a matter of running yarn start.

Installation via Docker

To get started quickly, you can use the Docker image halfshot/matrix-hookshot.

docker run \
    --name matrix-hookshot \
    -d \
    -p 9993:9993 \ # Homeserver port
    -p 9000:9000 \ # Webhook port
    -p 9002:9002 \ # Metrics port
    -v /etc/matrix-hookshot:/data \

Where /etc/matrix-hookshot would contain the configuration files config.yml and registration.yml. The passKey file should also be stored alongside these files. In your config, you should use the path /data/passkey.pem.


Copy the config.sample.yml to a new file config.yml. The sample config is also hosted here for your convienence.

You should read and fill this in as the bridge will not start without a complete config.

You may validate your config without starting the service by running yarn validate-config. For Docker you can run docker run --rm -v /absolute-path-to/config.yml:/config.yml halfshot/matrix-hookshot node Config/Config.js /config.yml

Copy registration.sample.yml into registration.yml and fill in:

  • At a minimum, you will need to replace the as_token and hs_token and change the domain part of the namespaces.

You will need to link the registration file to the homeserver. Consult your homeserver documentation on how to add appservices. Synapse documents the process here.

Homeserver Configuration

In addition to providing the registration file above, you also need to tell Hookshot how to reach the homeserver which is hosting it. For clarity, hookshot expects to be able to connect to an existing homeserver which has the Hookshot registration file configured.

  domain: # The homeserver's server name.
  url: http://localhost:8008 # The URL where Hookshot can reach the client-server API.
  mediaUrl: # Optional. The url where media hosted on the homeserver is reachable (this should be publically reachable from the internet)
  port: 9993 # The port where hookshot will listen for appservice requests.
  bindAddress: # The address which Hookshot will bind to. Docker users should set this to ``.

The port and bindAddress must not conflict with the other listeners in the bridge config. This listeners should not be reachable over the internet to users, as it's intended to be used by the homeserver exclusively. This service listens on /_matrix/app/.


The bridge supports fine grained permission control over what services a user can access. By default, any user on the bridge's own homeserver has full permission to use it.

  - actor:
      - service: "*"
        level: admin

You must configure a set of "actors" with access to services. An actor can be:

  • A MxID (also known as a User ID) e.g.
  • A homeserver domain e.g.
  • A roomId. This will allow any member of this room to complete actions. e.g. !
  • *, to match all users.

Each permission set can have a services. The service field can be:

  • github
  • gitlab
  • jira
  • feed
  • figma
  • webhooks
  • *, for any service.

The level can be:

  • commands Can run commands within connected rooms, but NOT log in to the bridge.
  • login All the above, and can also log in to the bridge.
  • notifications All the above, and can also bridge their notifications.
  • manageConnections All the above, and can create and delete connections (either via the provisioner, setup commands, or state events).
  • admin All permissions. Currently, there are no admin features so this exists as a placeholder.

When permissions are checked, if a user matches any of the permission set and one of those grants the right level for a service, they are allowed access. If none of the definitions match, they are denined.


A typical setup might be.

  # Allo all users to send commands to existing services
  - actor: *
      - service: *
        level: commands
  # Allow any user that is part of this space to manage github connections
  - actor: !
      - service: github
        level: manageConnections
  # Allow users on this domain to log in to jira and github.
  - actor:
      - service: jira
        level: login
      - service: github
        level: commands
  # Allow users on this domain to enable notifications on any service.
  - actor:
      - service: *
        level: notifications
  # Allow users on this domain to create connections.
  - actor:
      - service: *
        level: manageConnections
  # Allow this specific user to do any action
  - actor:
      - service: *
        level: admin

Listeners configuration

You will need to configure some listeners to make the bridge functional.

  # (Optional) HTTP Listener configuration.
  # Bind resource endpoints to ports and addresses.
  # 'resources' may be any of webhooks, widgets, metrics, provisioning
  - port: 9000
      - webhooks
  - port: 9001
      - metrics
      - provisioning

At a minimum, you should bind the webhooks resource to a port and address. You can have multiple resources on the same port, or one on each. Each listener MUST listen on a unique port.

You will also need to make this port accessible to the internet so services like GitHub can reach the bridge. It is recommended to factor hookshot into your load balancer configuration, but currrently this process is left as an excercise to the user.

In terms of API endpoints:

  • The webhooks resource handles resources under /, so it should be on its own listener. Note that OAuth requests also go through this listener.
  • The metrics resource handles resources under /metrics.
  • The provisioning resource handles resources under /v1/....
  • The widgets resource handles resources under /widgetapi/v1.... This may only be bound to one listener at present.
Please note that the appservice HTTP listener is configured seperately from the rest of the bridge (in the `homeserver` section) due to lack of support in the upstream library. See this issue for details.

Services configuration

You will need to configure some services. Each service has its own documentation file inside the setup subdirectory.


The bridge supports some basic logging options. The section is optional, and by default will log at an info level.

  # Level of information to report to the logs. Can be `debug`, `info`, `warn` or `error.
  level: info
  # Should the logs output in human-readable format or JSON. If you are using a third-party ingestion service like logstash, use this.
  json: false
  # Ignored if `json` is enabled. Should the logs print the levels in color. This will print extra characters around the logs which may not be suitable for some systems.
  colorize: true
  #  Ignored if `json` is enabled. The timestamp format to use in log lines. See for help on formatting tokens.
  timestampFormat: HH:mm:ss:SSS