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Personal Encrypted file storage, backup and sharing

Project description

The Billabong project aims at providing a reliable and encrypted solution for the storage and backup of large files that are not meant to be edited, such as photos, videos and audio recordings.

Use Billabong to archive your files, and configure it to store multiple copies of you file on different machines. Files are encrypted and their content can be verified, so you can use untrusted computers as extra storage.


Install Billabong and its main dependencies using PIP:

$ pip install billabong

No command line interface comes by default, but you can easily define one with an alias:

$ alias bong="python3 -m billabong"


Usage: bong COMMAND <options>

Available commands:
 add      Import one or several files and print resulting records.
 backup   Copy the inventory into a encrypted file on a remote system.
 blobs    List all blob ids from the first storage.
 check    Check the validity of all blobs and metadata.
 echo     Print blob content to standard output for the given record id.
 info     Print record content from one or several record ids.
 ls       List short records ids with filename from the inventory.
 mount    Mount data as a filesystem.
 pull     Pull blobs from sync storage.
 push     Push blobs to sync storage.
 records  List all records ids from the inventory.
 search   Search for the given term and return id of records matching the term.
 status   Print a global status of the inventory and storage.
 tags     List all tags from the inventory.
 version  Print software version.

Use 'bong <command> --help' for individual command help.


The format of the data storage is pretty reliable, and should stay compatible with future versions.

Concerning the software itself, it is still under development. The core itself is reaching a stable structure, and most efforts are now spent in improving the interfaces, handling meta-data better and extending storage options.

Data storage

Billabong makes a distinction between the content of the files (the data) and the description of the files (the meta-data). When you add a file, a random cryptographic key is generated and used to encrypt the content of the file using AES-CTR. The key is then stored separately, together with other meta-data such as the cryptographic hash of the original data, the hash of the encrypted data, the file name and its size.

Here is an example of meta-data used when testing the software:

  "timestamp": "2015-08-24T21:23:18.397957",
  "hash": "sha256-fc7d4f43945d94c874415e3bd9a6e181f8c84f8a36f586389405e391c01e48b2",
  "info": {
    "filename": "hello.txt",
    "type": "ASCII text",
    "tags": [],
    "path": "hello.txt",
    "mimetype": "text/plain"
  "id": "b6a9fb49bcf54d43850d7b76182c9389",
  "blob": "87686a1e7d089c9cd63f52d90a3ea9745e587c310339b2b54329119e93a4e669",
  "key": "BT9dRpzUL+H39pFnVU2S8O1PyUEy6yq5zrYM2s2EvAE=",
  "size": 15

The meta-data is kept secure in the inventory, while the encrypted files can be copied or moved freely to other computers.

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