Install BitDust software


BitDust is a peer-to-peer online backup utility.

This is a distributed network for backup data storage. Each participant of the network provides a portion of his hard drive for other users. In exchange, he is able to store his data on other peers.

The redundancy in backup makes it so if someone loses your data, you can rebuild what was lost and give it to someone else to hold. And all of this happens without you having to do a thing - the software keeps your data in safe.

All your data is encrypted before it leaves your computer with a private key your computer generates. No one else can read your data, even BitDust Team! Recover data is only one way - download the necessary pieces from computers of other peers and decrypt them with your private key.

BitDust is written in Python using pure Twisted framework and published under GNU AGPLv3.

Current status

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

Under Ubuntu/Debian, and probably most other distros as well, you can install all dependencies with single command:

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

Optionally, you can also install miniupnpc tool if you want BitDust automatically set up 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 with that command:

    brew install git python2

Then you need to use pip manager to get all required packages:

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

On Raspberry PI you will need to install those packages:

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

Get BitDust sources 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/ folder:

    cd bitdust
    python install

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

In the future, just in case you need to restore access to your data, you will need to install BitDust on again and recover your identity:

    bitdust id restore <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: