Code Quality Rank: L1
Programming language: C++
License: GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
Tags: Chat     Forum     Chatrooms     Communication systems     Custom     Mail     Boards     Channel     Voip    
Latest version: v0.6.6-RC1

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RetroShare is a decentralized, private and secure commmunication and sharing platform. RetroShare provides filesharing, chat, messages, forums and channels.

Build Status

Platform Build Status
GNU/Linux, MacOS, (via travis-ci) Build Status
Windows, MSys2 (via appveyor) Build status

Compilation on Windows

Follow this file : WindowsMSys2_InstallGuide.md

Compilation on MacOSX

Follow this file : MacOS_X_InstallGuide

Compilation for Android

Follow this file : README-Android

Compilation on Linux

  1. Install package dependencies:

    • Debian/Ubuntu bash sudo apt-get install libglib2.0-dev libupnp-dev qt4-dev-tools \ libqt4-dev libssl-dev libxss-dev libgnome-keyring-dev libbz2-dev \ libqt4-opengl-dev libqtmultimediakit1 qtmobility-dev libsqlcipher-dev \ libspeex-dev libspeexdsp-dev libxslt1-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev \ libopencv-dev tcl8.5 libmicrohttpd-dev rapidjson-dev
    • openSUSE bash sudo zypper install gcc-c++ libqt4-devel libgnome-keyring-devel \ glib2-devel speex-devel libssh-devel protobuf-devel libcurl-devel \ libxml2-devel libxslt-devel sqlcipher-devel libmicrohttpd-devel \ opencv-devel speexdsp-devel libupnp-devel libavcodec-devel rapidjson
    • Arch Linux bash pacman -S base-devel libgnome-keyring libmicrohttpd libupnp libxslt \ libxss opencv qt4 speex speexdsp sqlcipher rapidjson
  2. Checkout the source code

    mkdir ~/retroshare
    cd ~/retroshare 
    git clone https://github.com/RetroShare/RetroShare.git trunk
  3. Compile

    cd trunk
    qmake CONFIG+=debug
  4. Install

    sudo make install

The executables produced will be:

  1. Uninstall: bash sudo make uninstall

Compile only retroshare-nogui

If you want to run RetroShare on a server and don’t need the gui and plugins, you can run the following commands to only compile/install the nogui version:

make retroshare-nogui
sudo make retroshare-nogui-install_subtargets

For packagers

Packagers can use PREFIX and LIB_DIR to customize the installation paths:

qmake PREFIX=/usr LIB_DIR=/usr/lib64 "CONFIG-=debug" "CONFIG+=release"
make INSTALL_ROOT=${PKGDIR} install

If libsqlcipher is not available as a package

You need to place sqlcipher so that the hierarchy is:

      +--- trunk
      +--- lib
            +---- sqlcipher
mkdir lib
cd lib
git clone git://github.com/sqlcipher/sqlcipher.git
cd sqlcipher
./configure --enable-tempstore=yes CFLAGS="-DSQLITE_HAS_CODEC" LDFLAGS="-lcrypto"
cd ..

Using retroshare-nogui & webUI

The webUI needs to be enabled as a parameter option in retroshare-nogui:

./retroshare-nogui --webinterface 9090 --docroot /usr/share/retroshare/webui/

The webUI is only accessible on localhost:9090. It is advised to keep it that way so that your RS cannot be controlled using an untrusted connection.

To access your web UI from a distance, just open a SSH tunnel on it:

distant_machine:~/ >  ssh rs_host -L 9090:localhost:9090 -N

"rs_host" is the machine running retroshare-nogui. Then on the distant machine, access your webUI on


That also works with a retroshare GUI of course.

Compile and run tests

  qmake CONFIG+=tests