Programming language: JavaScript
License: GNU Affero General Public License v3.0
Tags: Communication systems     Social Networks and Forums    
Latest version: v3.18.1-beta.1

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A decentralized messaging and sharing app built on top of Secure Scuttlebutt (SSB).

  • Connect with friends without depending on any central servers.
  • Don't worry about spam, you only get messages from people you follow.
  • Use Patchwork online or offline, the data you need is stored on your device.
  • Sync messages with friends when you're on the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Keep secrets with private messages, which are always end-to-end encrypted.
  • Change and improve Patchwork however you'd like, it's free and open source.


[Screenshot of Patchwork][screenshot]

New to Scuttlebutt? Join the network by connecting to a pub.

  1. Choose a pub from the pub list and copy an invite code.
  2. Open Patchwork and select Join Pub.
  3. Paste the invite code and select Redeem Invite.

You're done! Check out #new-people to see who else has recently joined.


Most people should download Patchwork for Windows, macOS, or Linux.

Alternatively, you can install Patchwork with your favorite package manager.

  • npm: npm install --global ssb-patchwork
  • yarn: yarn global add ssb-patchwork
  • brew: brew cask install patchwork
  • yay: yay -S ssb-patchwork

Building from source? Check out [INSTALL.md][install] for more information.


Create a new issue to report problems or request features. See [CONTRIBUTING.md][contributing] for more information on how to get involved. You can also support the project via donations.

Please note that this project is released with a [Contributor Code of Conduct][conduct]. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.

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*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Patchwork README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.