Synapse supports extending its functionality by configuring external modules.

Using modules

To use a module on Synapse, add it to the modules section of the configuration file:

  - module: my_super_module.MySuperClass
      do_thing: true
  - module: my_other_super_module.SomeClass
    config: {}

Each module is defined by a path to a Python class as well as a configuration. This information for a given module should be available in the module's own documentation.

Note: When using third-party modules, you effectively allow someone else to run custom code on your Synapse homeserver. Server admins are encouraged to verify the provenance of the modules they use on their homeserver and make sure the modules aren't running malicious code on their instance.

Also note that we are currently in the process of migrating module interfaces to this system. While some interfaces might be compatible with it, others still require configuring modules in another part of Synapse's configuration file.

Currently, only the following pre-existing interfaces are compatible with this new system:

  • spam checker
  • third-party rules
  • presence router