BitDust is a decentralized on-line storage network for safe, independent and private communications.
# BitDust [bitdust.io](http://bitdust.io)
## English * [Main web site](http://bitdust.io/toc.html) * [Public Git repository](http://gitlab.bitdust.io/devel/bitdust.docs.english/blob/master/README.md) * [Mirror in GitHub repository](http://gitlab.bitdust.io/devel/bitdust.docs.english/blob/master/README.md)
- [Main web site](http://ru.bitdust.io/toc.html)
- [Mirror in Public Git repository](http://gitlab.bitdust.io/devel/bitdust.docs/blob/master/README.md)
#### 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.
## Install BitDust
### Get the software
Seems like in Ubuntu (probably most other distros) you can install all dependencies in that way:
sudo apt-get install git python-dev python-setuptools python-pip python-virtualenv python-twisted python-django python-crypto python-pyasn1 python-psutil libffi-dev libssl-dev
Optionally, you can also install [miniupnpc](http://miniupnp.tuxfamily.org/) tool if you want BitDust automatically deal with UPnPc configuration of your network router so it can also accept incoming connections from other nodes.:
sudo apt-get install miniupnpc
Second step is to get the BitDust sources:
git clone http://gitlab.bitdust.io/stable/bitdust.latest.git bitdust
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 bitdust.py install
Last step to make BitDist 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 /home/<user>/.bitdust/bitdust /usr/local/bin/bitdust
### Run BitDist
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:
To run the software type:
Start as background process:
To get some more insights or just to know how to start playing with software you can visit [BitDust Commands](https://bitdust.io/commands.html) page.
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:
- cygwin: [cygwin.com](https://cygwin.com/install.html)
- git: [git-scm.com](https://git-scm.com/download/win)
- python 2.7 (python3 is not supported yet): [python.org](http://python.org/download/releases)
- twisted 11.0 or higher: [twistedmatrix.com](http://twistedmatrix.com)
- pyasn1: [pyasn1.sourceforge.net](http://pyasn1.sourceforge.net)
- pyOpenSSL: [launchpad.net/pyopenssl](https://launchpad.net/pyopenssl)
- pycrypto: [dlitz.net/software/pycrypto](https://www.dlitz.net/software/pycrypto/)
- wxgtk2.8: [wxpython.org](http://wiki.wxpython.org/InstallingOnUbuntuOrDebian)
- miniupnpc: [miniupnp.tuxfamily.org](http://miniupnp.tuxfamily.org/)