RetroShare: Free Private, Secure Communications

RetroShare: Fee private decentralised file sharingRetroShare is a decentralised file sharing network that allows you to share files with your authenticated friends and family in complete privacy. It’s free encrypted communication for you and your mates. All communication is encrypted and nobody – not even your Internet Service Provider (ISP) – can see what you are sharing. Decentralised means there is no central authority to interfere and remove your content. Democracy as it should be of course!


  • Serverless, completely decentralised
  • Multiple simultaneous downloads / uploads
  • Search Friends
  • Messages
  • Forums
  • Channels
  • Voice over IP
  • Instant messaging
  • Groupchat
  • GnuPG Authentication
  • OpenSSL Encryption
  • adding downloads via website links
  • Plugins support
  • UPnP / NAT-PMP port forwarding support
  • Graphical User Interface written with Qt4 toolkit
  • System tray integration

Retroshare’s philosophy: decentralization and privacy

Retroshare is all about sharing and communicating with trusted Friends. This is the core design of Retroshare: a decentralised Friend-2-Friend network, which allows you to share stuff… not with the whole world… but with people you know and trust.




RetroShare is the next generation sharing network, which provides:

  • Reliable Identification and Authentication of your friends.
  • Plus an Introduction Scheme which connects you to the friends of your friends, and facilitates network growth.
  • Encrypted Communication, ensuring all shared information is known only to you and your peers.
  • A Communication Platform which can potentially support services such as Secure Email, File Sharing, Streaming, Video or Voice over IP, Photos, Wall and Messaging
  • A Decentralised Social Sharing Network designed **For the People**
    with no dependancies on any corporate system or central servers.

RetroShare is very user friendly, but some basic knowledge of networking will help. RetroShare is portable (which we love here at so no installation is required, unless you insist on using the optional installer.

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