A classic social networking client for Secure Scuttlebutt
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Patchwork is no longer maintained. For actively developed clients, please see Patchbay and Patchwork-Next


Patchwork is a decentralized messaging and sharing app.

It's better than email because:

  • Private messages are end-to-end encrypted, always.
  • You have to follow somebody to get messages from them, so you won't get spammed.
  • Your mail can be public broadcasts or private, and you'll only see replies by people you follow.
  • The datastructure is a global mesh of append-only logs, which can support new types of data (not just "mail").
  • Users are not bound to one server/host (what we call "pubs") and do not have to trust the servers.
  • It's very easy to setup and maintain your own pub.

It's better than twitter and facebook because:

  • Private messages are end-to-end encrypted, always.
  • The software runs on your device, so there's nobody tracking your browsing.
  • The application-code is FOSS, so you're free to fork or write new applications without a gatekeeper setting terms.
  • Data is saved to your disk, and so the application works offline.
  • You can sync directly with friends over the wifi.

Because we're still in development, you'll need to contact an SSB team member (in #scuttlebutt on Freenode) to get onto the network! That's our informal barrier to entry right now, since we're not prepared for lots of users yet.

Patchwork embeds the Scuttlebot networked database, so if you're running Patchwork, you don't need to run another scuttlebot server.

Install Instructions



Copyright (C) 2015-2016 Secure Scuttlebutt Consortium

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 http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.