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Freenet is a free and open source software that aims to provide anonymity and freedom of speech through a decentralized peer-to-peer network. Freenet enables its users to share files anonymously, publish freesites without censorship and more. Data is encrypted and routed through multiple nodes making almost impossible to identify who requested the information and what its content is.

1 Installation and Setup

You can install freenet.

Then, add freenet to the list of services activated at boot:

# systemctl enable freenet

Finally, you can either restart your computer or start the daemon manually:

# systemctl start freenet

2 Configuration

You can either let the wizard guide you through the configuration or get your hands dirty by configuring freenet manually. You might want to read about TrueCrypt or EncFS to protect the data you will be sharing before continuing.

2.1 Wizard

You need to visit freenet's web interface at and make sure you carefully follow the instructions. Using the private mode of your browser while accessing freenet is a good habit to take.

2.2 Manual Configuration

The Freenet wiki will be useful if you decide to configure things by hand. Manual configuration is done by editing




3 Acknowledgement

This wiki article is based on ArchWiki. We may have removed non-FSDG bits from it.