Install BitDust software


Current project stage is about to only research opportunities of building a holistic eco-system that protects your privacy in the network by establishing p2p communications of users and maximize distribution of information flows in the network.

At the moment exists a very limited alpha version of the BitDust software. We decided to publish those earlier works to verify/test/share our ideas and experiments with other people.

Install software dependencies

Seems like in Ubuntu (probably most other distros) you can install all dependencies in that way:

    sudo apt-get install git gcc python-dev python-virtualenv

Optionally, you can also install miniupnpc tool if you want BitDust automatically deal with UPnPc configuration of your network router so it can also accept incomming connections from other nodes.:

    sudo apt-get install miniupnpc

On MacOSX platform you can install requirements in that way:

    brew install git python2

And use pip to get all required packages:

    pip install --upgrade --user
    pip install --upgrade pip --user
    pip install virtualenv --user

Get BitDust to your local machine

Second step is to get the BitDust sources. To have a full control over BitDust process running on your local machine you better make a fork of the Public BitDist repository on GitHub at and clone it on your local machine:

    git clone<your GitHub username>/<name of BitDust fork>.git bitdust

The software will periodically run git fetch and git rebase to check for recent commits in the repo. This way we make sure that everyone is running the latest version of the program. Once you made a fork, you will have to update your Fork manually and pull commits from Public BitDust repository if you trust them.

However if you just trust BitDust contributors you can simply clone the Public repository directly and software will be up to date with the "official" public code base:

    git clone bitdust

Building virtual environment

Then you need to build virtual environment with all required Python dependencies, BitDust software will run fully isolated.

Single command should make it for you, all required files will be generated in ~/.bitdust/venv/ sub-folder:

    cd bitdust
    python install

Last step to make BitDust software ready is to make a short alias in your OS, then you can just type bitdust in command line to fast access the program:

    sudo ln -s -f /home/<user>/.bitdust/bitdust /usr/local/bin/bitdust

Run BitDust

Start using the software by creating an identity for your device in BitDust network:

    bitdust id create <some nick name>

I recommend you to create another copy of your Private Key in a safe place to be able to recover your data in the future. You can do it with such command:

    bitdust key copy <nickname>.bitdust.key

Your settings and local files are located in that folder: ~/.bitdust

Type this command to read more info about BitDust commands:

    bitdust help

To run the software type:


Start as background process:

    bitdust detach

To get some more insights or just to know how to start playing with software you can visit BitDust Commands page.

To get more info about API methods available go to BitDust API page.

Binary Dependencies

If you are installing BitDust on Windows platforms, you may require some binary packages already compiled and packaged for Microsoft Windows platforms, you can check following locations and download needed binaries and libraries: