Instagram alternative 's flagship instance is now permanently closed to new registrations in order to prevent centralisation.

You can still sign up to PixelFed, just pick another instance.

Here are some we'd recommend:

You can find more at:

PixelFed instances federate with the Fediverse, so you can follow PF accounts from Mastodon etc.

p.s. To follow a PixelFed account on Mastodon, the surest method is to copy and paste the PixelFed account's address into the Mastodon search box, then click search, then click follow.

You can also paste PixelFed post addresses if you want to interact with them on Mastodon.

p.p.s. This same copy-and-paste-address method works for other types of Fediverse account including PeerTube, Write Freely etc.

@switchingsocial PixelFed still doesn’t federate with other PixelFed instances though.
@switchingsocial It’s not a priority for Dan it seems. That code section needs to be refactored. I’ll continue to keep hoarding images until PixelFed becomes useable on my own instance, since right now if you’re not on no one can find you unless you pimp it on Mastodon/Pleroma and hope someone sees it.


I totally agree it ought to be a priority if the aim is to encourage decentralisation.

@chidgey @switchingsocial Federation is a priority, people expect Direct Messages, threaded comments and Video support. I'm going as fast as I can!

@dansup People expect a lot of things. DM and videos are nice but being able to connect instances is also nice. My opinion would be that being social is more important than features, but that's just my opinion. Different folks will have different priority. Anyway, keep up the good work :)

@chidgey @switchingsocial

@dansup @switchingsocial Dan, PixelFed is amazing and I really love what you’ve created. Prioritising is hard. It always has been and always will be. I don’t have visibility of what other people want, but I don’t understand DM support TBH when there are so many existing services that support this. I don’t get on Instagram to DM people, I get on it to look at photos and that’s the lens I’m applying to PixelFed as well. In any case, I know you’re doing your best. Once it fully federates I’ll be PixelFeds strongest advocate I can assure you ❤️
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