Tahoe-LAFS is a Free and Open decentralized cloud storage system. It distributes your data across multiple servers. Even if some of the servers fail or are taken over by an attacker, the entire file store continues to function correctly, preserving your privacy and security.
For full documentation, please see http://tahoe-lafs.readthedocs.io/en/latest/ .
There are three ways to install Tahoe-LAFS.
using OS packages
Pre-packaged versions are available for several operating systems:
- Debian and Ubuntu users can
apt-get install tahoe-lafs
- NixOS, NetBSD (pkgsrc), ArchLinux, Slackware, and Gentoo have packages available, see OSPackages for details
- Mac and Windows installers are in development.
If you don't use an OS package, you'll need Python 2.7 and pip. You may
also need a C compiler, and the development headers for python, libffi, and
OpenSSL. On a Debian-like system, use
apt-get install build-essential
python-dev libffi-dev libssl-dev python-virtualenv. On Windows, see
Then, to install the most recent release, just run:
pip install tahoe-lafs
To install from source (either so you can hack on it, or just to run pre-release code), you should create a virtualenv and install into that:
git clone https://github.com/tahoe-lafs/tahoe-lafs.git
virtualenv --python=python2.7 venv
venv/bin/pip install --upgrade setuptools
venv/bin/pip install --editable .
To run the unit test suite:
You can pass arguments to
trial with an environment variable. For
example, you can run the test suite on multiple cores to speed it up:
For more detailed instructions, read docs/INSTALL.rst .
tahoe --version works, see docs/running.rst to learn how to set
up your first Tahoe-LAFS node.
Copyright 2006-2016 The Tahoe-LAFS Software Foundation
You may use this package under the GNU General Public License, version 2 or, at your option, any later version. You may use this package under the Transitive Grace Period Public Licence, version 1.0, or at your option, any later version. (You may choose to use this package under the terms of either licence, at your option.) See the file COPYING.GPL for the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2. See the file COPYING.TGPPL for the terms of the Transitive Grace Period Public Licence, version 1.0.
See TGPPL.PDF for why the TGPPL exists, graphically illustrated on three slides.