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Secure, decentralized, peer-to-peer networking framework.

GNUnet is a framework for secure peer-to-peer networking that does not use any centralized or otherwise trusted services. Its high-level goal is to provide a strong free software foundation for a global network that provides security and privacy.

GNUnet started with an idea for anonymous censorship-resistant file-sharing, but has grown to incorporate other applications as well as many generic building blocks for secure networking applications. In particular, GNUnet now includes the GNU Name System, a privacy-preserving, decentralized public key infrastructure.


Graphical front-end tools for GNUnet

The GTK interfaces to GNUnet are delivered in a separate package named GNUnet-gtk. After installation, you should have the following new programs:

  • gnunet-setup --- a GUI to configure GNUnet
  • gnunet-fs-gtk --- a GUI for file-sharing with GNUnet
  • gnunet-peerinfo-gtk --- a GUI for inspecting which other peers your peer knows about
  • gnunet-namestore-gtk --- edit your GNS zones
  • gnunet-identity-gtk --- manage your identities/pseudonyms
  • gnunet-statistics-gtk --- visualize GNUnet statistics
  • gnunet-conversation-gtk --- talk with other users

See also

GNUnet-fuse allows you to mount directories published on GNUnet as read-only file-systems (on GNU/Linux and other Operating Systems that support the FUSE API).

"IRC general" IRC general channel

Related Projects



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Applies to part:

  • GNUnet core repository

Leaders and contributors

Christian Grothoff Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Debian (Ref)
Mailing List
Mailing List
Mailing List
Savannah (Ref)
Bug reportsBug Tracking
Mailing List
GNUnet Git RepositoriesVCS Repository Webview
Debian (Ref) (R)
Mailing List
Security related bug
Debian (Ref) (R)
Mailing List

Software prerequisites

Required to buildlibtool
Required to buildlibcurl
Weak prerequisitelibgcrypt
Required to buildgcc
Weak prerequisitetdb
Required to buildmake
Weak prerequisitemysql
Required to buildautomake
Source requirementlibextractor
Required to buildautoconf
Required to buildlibmicrohttpd
Weak prerequisiteopenssl

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 16 November 2020.


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