RetroShare : Communicate inside of a decentralized, private and secure communication and sharing platform by comprising chat, message, forum, channel and file sharing capabilities

RetroShare is an open-source software application designed specifically for helping you securely chat and share files with your friends on a decentralized communication platform. Unlike other peer-to-peer programs, this one puts a special emphasis on security and privacy by establishing encrypted connections between authenticated friends.

User-friendly layout

The GUI looks clean and well organized. The News Feed offers detailed notifications about all your messages while other tabs are dedicated to providing quick access to a list with all your friends, sharing files, joining chat lobbies, sending messages, creating channels, reading feeds, and checking links.

Communication options and new identities

You can make use of various communication features, such as private chats with your friends, private or public chat lobbies, messages, forums, as well as VoIP services. In addition, it provides asymmetric encryption capabilities via PGP.When you run the tool for the first time, you need to create a new identity. This can be done by providing information about the name, password and location.

Channels and forums

Channels are used in RetroShare in order to share/broadcast a set of files to all your friends. You may create a new channel and add a set of files so your friends can automatically download these items (if they are subscribed to your channel).In addition, the tool lets you disable automatic downloads so you can manually grab the desired items. The channels are anonymous (each peer has its own list with friends that are subscribed to the channel) and each message is signed with a private RSA key.Forums are semi-anonymous and give you the option to text your friends. When you create a forum, all your friends become aware of it. The network may increase if friends subscribe to the forum and spread it to other friends.You can opt for a public or private type of forum. In the first one everyone can read the forum and post in it, while the second adds an extra layer of security by signing messages with the profile’s GPG key.

Chat lobbies

RetroShare gives you the possibility to opt for decentralized chat rooms called ‘chat lobbies.’ There are two types of lobbies, public (they are advertised to friends and friends can join the desired chat room) or private (they are not advertised to friends; peers require invitation in order to be able to access it).

File sharing capabilities

The program helps you share files securely with your friends and download data using anonymous tunnels (only if the uploader allows it). You can make use of links that allow a download directly to RetroShare, create a collection of your files, as well as make shared folders browsable to your friends (they can see and download the items) or network wide (the files can be seen not only by your friends but also by other users).What’s more, you can perform searches, send files in chats, messages, channels and forums, view simultaneous downloads in the queue list, as well as cancel or pause/resume downloads and set priorities.

Rich suite of configuration settings

RetroShare lets you configure general settings that help you run the utility at Windows startup, automatically log in and specify the idle time. Server parameters enable you to tweak the network configuration (e.g. local and external address, port) and bandwidth (maximum download and upload speed).You can alter the file transfer by specifying the maximum number of simultaneous downloads and disk space limit, enable relay connections (e.g. you can enter the number of friends and limit the bandwidth per link), automatically share incoming directory, and enhance the overall functionality of the utility with the aid of plugins.Furthermore, you can set up popup notifications for various events (e.g. connected friend, new message, complete download, private chat), view information about your profile, change the looks of the utility by selecting between several themes, and automatically update the news feed reader.Last but not least, you are allowed to set up chat parameters in order to allow custom fonts and emoticons in private and group chat, anonymously chat to other users in the network using encrypted tunnels, keep a history of your messages, and change the layout of the group chat, private chat and history with the aid of different style (default, compact or bubble).

An overall reliable peer-to-peer communication and file sharing platform

All in all, RetroShare comes with a powerful package of features and intuitive environment for helping you communicate inside of a decentralized, private and secure communication and sharing platform. If you want to skip the installation steps, you can check out the portable version of the app, which can be found here.


To conclude RetroShare works on Windows 9X/ME/2K/XP/2003 operating system(s) and can be easily downloaded using the below download link according to GNU Public License license. RetroShare download file is only 26.7 MB  in size.
RetroShare was filed under the File Managers category and was reviewed in and receive 5/5 Score.
RetroShare has been tested by our team against viruses, spyware, adware, trojan, backdoors and was found to be 100% clean. We will recheck RetroShare when updated to assure that it remains clean.

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Popularity 10/10 - Downloads - 226 - Score - 5/5 2021 - Privacy Policy

Category: File Managers 
Publisher: Dr. Bob
Last Updated: 7/22/2019
Requirements: Windows 10 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
License: GNU Public License
Operating system: Windows 9X/ME/2K/XP/2003
Hits: 847
File size: 26.7 MB 
Price: Not specified

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