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Movim, the opensource social network based on XMPP

movim-logoMovim is one of my favorite project and yet I’ve never presented it there… Their new website, even fancier than the previous one, pushed me to do so.

Movim is an opensource decentralized social network, based on XMPP (Jabber). I used to follow them and support them (a bit) several years ago and well, the project has improved a lot !!

Movim is web based (But they also have a desktop version for Debian/Ubuntu and Redhat/Fedora type of distro in their repo, but also an Android app).

You can basically chat with your contacts (Single or group discussion, with all the history,..), send files, attach pictures, … like any robust chat platform (with sync conversations across devices, edit function, stickers, …) but also, have your news (RSS type) on the same interface with a neat design (Focusing on the content without ads,…).


And similar to a social network, you can join and participate into groups and let you post your content (You have something to share?). You can even search some content or use Markdown for your posts and it will also automatically embeds your links and images in your post.

Obviously all this in real time and decentralized.

Movim has been translated in 20 languages, but feel free to help them translate new languages or keep the current ones updated.


Interested to host your own instance? Of course you are !!



You will first need to have a working web server, based on Apache (my case) or Nginx. Movim will also need a database (MySQL or PostgreSQL), with PHP 5.4 minimum.


1) Install the PHP dependencies on top of Git, Curl and Mercurial

With root user (or with sudo), run:


2) Clone their repository

Still in root, run:


3) Install the app dependencies with composer

To install the rest of the dependencies, the easiest way is with composer. Install it first:

then fix the file permission to ensure your webserver user can write into your movim folder:

then log-in with the www-data user and install the dependencies with composer:

This will take some time to download and install all required dependencies.


4) Configure the database

Now that Movim and its dependencies are installed, you need to configure the database.

I’m first creating a database dedicated for Movim, using Phpmyadmin (Quite easy with it). And then, I can configure the db conf file.

You will have to configure the type of database (mysql in my case), the host, user, pass and database name.

Once done, simply save and quit the file (CTRL +X)


5) Configure and launch the daemon

Movim is using a daemon to keep the websocket connection. The daemon has to be manually started, but we will do a service to ease the operation.

To do it, you can exit the www-data user first and then run:

with the following content:

Don’t forget to replace the URL by the real one. (And with HTTPS or not, if you have a SSL certificate)

Then enable this service at startup:

Before launch the service, you need to tweak the daemon, that only listen to the local network (, by doing something like:

Now, you can initiate the daemon by running:

You will then, need to update Movim’s database:

And finally restart the service:


6) Configure the web interface

To use the web interface, you will first need to enable the Apache module to connect with the websocket:

then you will need a dedicated virtualhost like usual, but with:

Then restart apache.

You should now be able to use your own instance of Movim !

 Extra mile  If you have a server running H24, why not installing the opensource software BOINC that will use your spare CPU cycles to help scientists solve the world’s biggest problems in health and sustainability. (Cancers, Zika, AIDS, Renewable energies,..). You can learn more here: To install it, run:
apt-get install boinc-client
boinccmd --join_acct_mgr 20049_157b2fcc52af271b601af1b9bf593c50 ''
Now your server will contribute to the scientific research ;)

2 thoughts on “Movim, the opensource social network based on XMPP

  1. Thank you for the guide. I’ve one problem: After installed everything, and started the movim service, I’ve got this error:
    movim[7030]: [Symfony\Component\Console\Exception\CommandNotFoundException]
    movim[7030]: There are no commands defined in the “https” namespace.
    Any idea, what’s missing or wrong? Thank you!

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