Quiet: A secure messaging platform, and an alternative to Slack and Discord, that uses Tor and IPFS

Quiet: A secure messaging platform, and an alternative to Slack and Discord, that uses Tor and IPFS

Quiet is a powerful, peer-to-peer messaging platform that seamlessly syncs messages directly between devices over Tor, completely removing the reliance on central servers. It empowers users with full control over their data without the burden of running their own servers, presenting itself as a viable alternative to popular apps such as Slack and Discord.

No server needed

Quiet provides you with a peer-to-peer network that simply works, empowering you to be self-reliant and maintain your privacy without the need to operate your own server.

How does it work?

Unlike popular messaging apps such as Slack, Discord, and Signal that depend on centralized servers, Quiet confidently enables direct message syncing between a team's devices using Tor, eliminating the need for a server.

Each group, known as a "community" in Quiet, operates on its own separate network. This guarantees that data from one community remains completely isolated from other Quiet users' devices, even when encrypted.

Message syncing is seamlessly facilitated by OrbitDB, a groundbreaking project that combines the functionalities of Git, a gossip protocol, and BitTorrent. It efficiently broadcasts new messages, syncs the latest messages, and retrieves files. As a result, users can expect to receive all messages sent while they were offline.

Invites, access permissions, and usernames are exclusively granted by the community owner, who assumes the responsibility of creating the community.

The owner supplies an exclusive "invitation code" for invitees to connect to their device, register a username, and acquire a standard cryptographic certificate to validate their membership to other peers within the community.

Features

  • Team Chat - Create a "community" for your team or organization and invite members.
  • End-to-end Encryption - All data is encrypted end-to-end between member devices.
  • Channels - Organize chats in Slack-like channels.
  • Images - Send and receive images, with copy/paste, drag & drop, and image previews.
  • Files - Send and receive giant files without arbitrary limits.
  • Notifications - Get desktop notifications for new messages, with optional sounds.
  • Invite links - Share invite links, just like in WhatsApp, Signal, or Discord.
  • Keyboard Controls - Navigate channels without using the mouse.
  • Desktop Apps - Desktop apps for Mac, Windows, and Linux.
  • Android App - A fully peer-to-peer Android app with working notifications.
  • iOS App - A fully peer-to-peer iOS app (TestFlight) without notifications.
  • Better location privacy
  • No email or phone number required - Unlike Slack, Discord, WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal, no email or phone number is required to create or join a community.

Platforms

  • Windows
  • Linux
  • macOS
  • Androud
  • iOS

License

  • GPL-3.0 license.

Resources & Download

GitHub - TryQuiet/quiet: A private, p2p alternative to Slack and Discord built on Tor & IPFS
A private, p2p alternative to Slack and Discord built on Tor & IPFS - GitHub - TryQuiet/quiet: A private, p2p alternative to Slack and Discord built on Tor & IPFS
Quiet - Private messaging. No servers.

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Hazem Abbas

Written by Hazem Abbas

Medical Doctor by trade, but also a software developer. Linux Avid user. I write primary; open-source medical apps, dev tools and libraries I use, and off-topic like horse riding.
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