A few months ago I released the Defederation Investigator, a tool to verify the federation status of Lemmy instances. With this new update, I’ve expanded it to support multiple Fediverse softwares, including:

  • Mastodon
  • Misskey
  • Mbin
  • Pleroma & Akkoma
  • Friendica

This works both ways: you can verify which Mastodon (et al) instances have defederated your Lemmy instance, as well as check the federation status of an instance running any of the supported softwares.

Like most of my works, this tool is FOSS and available on my team’s GitHub.

Limitations

Many microblogging platforms, Mastodon included, offer admins the possibility of hiding their blocklists from the public. As it turns out many instances have chosen this approach, so the available information can be pretty limited at times.

Also, this update has increased the pool of instances from a couple hundred to over 2 thousand, so query times have increased significantly. You can reduce them by deselecting some softwares from the query page (hint: most fedi instances are Mastodon ones, so by deselcting them you’ll cut out over half of the pool).

What about Kbin?

To my knowledge, Kbin doesn’t share its federation status through an API like most softwares do. Furthermore, given recent events, I have little faith in the Kbin project. Instead, I chose to support its community driven fork: Mbin.

What about Peertube and Pixelfed?

I tried looking through their API docs and wasn’t able to find any endpoints sharing either federation or defederation statuses. If anyone is familiar with any of these softwares and has any ideas on what to do to retrieve such information feel free to contact me, I’d love to add support for both.

What about …?

Want more softwares? Feel free to propose them. I’d like for this tool to support as many projects as possible.

  • @UndercoverUlrikHD
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    15 months ago

    Tested my local instance, lemmy.world was the only one that returned as federated to programming.dev

    • Nerd02OP
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      5 months ago

      Ah so you were querying programming.dev? In that case I got:
      0 defederated from; 3 not allowing; 111 defederated by and 462 federated

      Where are you running it from? Because… it works on my device.

      • @UndercoverUlrikHD
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        35 months ago

        Apologies, it was a mistake on my end. Tried it again and noticed uBlock going wild. It was blocking every website except for lemmy.world which was globally whitelisted in my settings.

        • Nerd02OP
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          35 months ago

          Uh interesting. Did you have any fancy custom configuration? Maybe you were blocking all requests to other hosts or something like that? I also have ublock origin and it didn’t give me any troubles.

          • @UndercoverUlrikHD
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            35 months ago

            Nothing fancy, I simply block all third party content unless it’s whitelisted.