Can I change the domain name of my Mastodon server?

Hugo GameiroFAQs, Mastodon

Unfortunately, no. The domain name of your Mastodon instance is an essential part of how it functions within the network, and it is impossible to change it without breaking federation. Let’s imagine you have an account @alice on a server and follow @bob on the server Whenever @bob makes a post, his server ( federates that post to … Read More

RE: Mastodon media storage

Hugo GameiroFAQs, Mastodon

To clarify, when you or another user in your server follows a remote user, from that moment on, all new posts from that remote user start to federate with your server. By federate, you can think of a copy of those posts are stored in the database. If you follow 1000 remote users and another user on your server follows … Read More

Mastodon Full-text search with ElasticSearch

Hugo GameiroMastodon

The default Mastodon search only returns results for posts that have federated with your server and include a hashtag. Mastodon supports ElasticSearch/Full-text search. When enabled, users on a Mastodon server can search posts related to themselves. Examples: Posts they published Posts they favourited Posts where they were mentioned Their direct messages This can be handy but requires a significant amount … Read More

Finding people to follow on Mastodon

Hugo GameiroMastodon

Due to the decentralised nature of Mastodon, finding people to follow may be easier on large Mastodon servers but on smaller ones may require some looking around outside your server. In particular if you are joining a new server or smaller server that will be the case most often than not. If you have just installed a brand new Mastodon … Read More

Mastodon usernames different from the domain used for installation

Hugo GameiroMastodon, SysAdmin

By default when you install Mastodon on a domain, or subdomain, that will determine how the username of users on that Mastodon server will be. Example, if you install Mastodon on a user on that server will be This can be changed and you can install Mastodon on but have your username be or even … Read More