Install Riot on Windows

Quickly enjoy the freedom using a Matrix powered chat app!

1. Go to the Riot website

Click the Download app for Desktop button. You will be directed to the downloads page.

2. Download the app

On the downloads page click the Windows 7 or later (64 bit) link to start downloading the installer.

3. Save the app

After clicking the download link, choose Save File. In most cases the installer will be saved to your "My Downloads" folder.

4. Run the installer

When the download is finished, run the installer as Administrator.

The app will switch to an account registration view

5. Execute

If your computer is suspicious about the executable, click Execute to start installing. Installing will take just a few seconds.

6. Create an account

Upon successful installation the startscreen will appear. We assume you are a first timer, so click the green button Register account, to get started!

7.1 Change custom server URL

Before registering, check the homeserver you are registering with. The default will be (the homserver hosted by the core matrix team). You are free to join any homeserver you like. However, for this purpose we show you how to register with our publicly hosted homeserver,, so click the change button.

7.2 Change custom server URL

Remove the default homeserver and fill the field below Homeserver URL with . Then click Next

8. Choose a username

Finally time to choose a username, a bit like choosing a new email address or twitter handle. In the example we register tintin , on the homeserver.

Thus, the Matrix account for Tintin will be written as

Choose a strong password to secure your account and leave the email field blank for added privacy. When you are satisfied with the setting click Register. Almost done!

9. Enter email

If you don't specify an email address Riot will generate a warning which you can safely ignore. Just click Continue one more time.

10. Succes

FINALLY, successfully registered and connected!

You will automatically start a conversation with Riot bot, who provides interactive help! At you will also automatically be joined to the Lobby room, a room where we post status updates about the server itself. Go back to the Matrix page to see what you can do next.

  • Author: thomas
  • Date: May 8, 2020