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Retroshare is a free and open source, multi-platform platform for the confidential exchange of files and messages via an encrypted Friend-to-Friend network


  • Data exchange is built using an encrypted F2F- / P2P-network, built on the basis of GPG algorithms and the protocol of perfect forward secrecy (Perfect Forward Secrecy);
  • Chat: Encrypted messaging is available in shared chats or personal chats (only possible when exchanging certificates and establishing a direct connection with a participant). You can insert emoticons, stickers, images and files into the chat, and you can also choose a font and color. There is a search in the chat. It is possible to save or delete the chat history;
  • Mail: all outgoing and incoming mail is stored only on the local computers of the exchange participants and only in encrypted form, if there is no recipient user in the network, no intermediate storage servers are used, and the message will be delivered when the desired user logs on to the network;
  • File sharing: you can share files with friends or the entire Retroshare network, access is configured for each folder separately, there is a search to search for files across the entire Retroshare network;
  • Forums: messages can be left anonymously and openly;
  • References (publications): it is possible to share links, as well as vote for them and comment on them;
  • Channels: allow you to publish your files. You can subscribe to channels and automatically download the latest files; comment on files and distribute them to your friends;
  • Retroshare can be used in Tor and I2P networks;
  • Audio/video calls (experimental): make free and secure calls with the VoIP plugin.

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The software Retroshare is available for installation on Linux, Windows and macOS, as well as: mobile applications for Android.

Installation methodOS
PPAUbuntu* 16.04/18.04/19.04/20.04, Linux Mint 18/19, Debian
FlatpakUbuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora, CentOS, KDE Neon, openSUSE, elementary OS, Manjaro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux
AppImageUbuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, CentOS, elementaryOS, Linux Mint and others
Mobile appsAndroid

*Ubuntu (GNOME), Kubuntu (KDE), Xubuntu (XFCE), Lubuntu (LXDE)

Install Software via PPA repository

source /etc/os-release
wget -qO -${VERSION_ID}/Release.key | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c "echo 'deb${VERSION_ID}/ /' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/retroshare_OBS.list"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install retroshare-gui

Install Software via Flatpak package

flatpak install flathub cc.retroshare.retroshare-gui

Install Software via AppImage package

Install Software via EXE package on Windows

Install Software via DMG package for macOS

Version for Android

Software Information

Language Interface:English, Russian, Deutsch, Spanish, French and others
Description version:0.6.6
Developer:The RetroShare Team
Programming language:C++, Qt
License:LGPL v2

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