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What is ShareDesk?

ShareDesk is a web based file sharing tool build on node.js, websockets(, HTML5/CSS3, jQuery. It is compatible with newest version of chrome, firefox, safari Demo Board

See a demo here:


  • file upload/download
  • drag&drop functionality
  • typical PC desktop behaviour (overview of all files, moving files, renaming files, deleting files)
  • real-time notification of user actions
  • upload progress
  • overview of acive users
  • chat
  • password protection


If you wanna share files with ShareDesk just append to the url the name of your project (set a password if you want) and start dragging files :)

or you use it on your own server, below are some instruction how to install it.


  1. node.js You can find the installation instruction for you system at the github wiki of nodejs ( Sharedesk will not work on Windows systems.

  2. NPM To install the node modules used in sharedesk, you need the node package manager (NPM). The installation instruction can be find at the npm github page (

  3. MongoDB Sharedesk uses mongoDB as the database. It can also be installed on different systems. The instruction are on the mongoDB website (

  4. shareDesk As we have installed the runtime environment we can proceed with shareDesk. There are two ways to get shareDesk:

  1. Modules

Go to your shareDesk folder in the console and run the following command: npm install

Run the server

Start the mongoDB deamon: mongod &

Start shareDesk in the shareDesk directory: node app.js To start shareDesk on a different port then 80, just append the port: node app.js 8080

On linux systems you can assure that shareDesk runs even if you are logged out from your system by prepending the command nohup: nohup node app.js


ShareDesk — A web based file sharing tool. Copyright (C) 2011 Samuel Hobl, Alexander Kumbeiz, Goran Janosevic

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see

the images used in sharedesk, however are licensed under cc non commercial noderivs:

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ShareDesk is a web based file sharing tool build on node.js, websockets(, HTML5/CSS3, jQuery. It is compatible with newest version of chrome, firefox, safari






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