RetroShare: Open Source Tool to Securely Chat and Share Files with your Friends


Privacy and security is paramount, especially while you are communicating through internet with your near and dear ones. And then there is 'whom-to-trust' issue. Generally speaking, Open Source software has to be the most secure of them all. RetroShare seems like a good bet. It is an Open Source, cross-platform, private and secure decentralised communication platform and it even has a dedicated Ubuntu PPA repository.

RetroShare Ubuntu PPA

RetroShare Capabilities
  • Server-less chat and file transfer. Sending a key to your friend by e-mail is enough to set up your own IM network.
  • RetroShare incorporates encrypted chat and file transfer. Nobody, not even your ISP, will be able see what files you're sharing.
  • Multiple simultaneous downloads/uploads.
  • Search and send invites to friends/family for joining RetroShare network.
  • GnuPG Authentication, OpenSSL Encryption.
  • Really well executed GUI written with Qt4 toolkit. Ubuntu system tray integration.
How to Install RetroShare in Ubuntu 11.10, Ubuntu 12.04?
  • If you want the latest STABLE release, do the following in Terminal. 
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:csoler-users/retroshare
  • If you ready to try out latest development snapshots of RetroShare, do this instead.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:csoler-users/retroshare-snapshots
  • Irrespective of which PPA you have added, do the following in Terminal afterwards.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install retroshare
  • And you are done.
Random Screenshots of RetroShare

secure file transfer in Ubuntu using RetroShare

securely chat in Ubuntu using RetroShare

RetroShare Ubuntu PPA

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