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FreedomBox is a self-hosting server aimed at protecting your privacy and data ownership.

Features

Implemented

Here is a list of user-facing features that have been implemented in FreedomBox. You can also check FreedomBox introduction and supported hardware related pages.

Use Cases for User Applications

FreedomBox makes it easy to:

  • Chat with friends via your own chat servers
    • The Matrix server allows secure, decentralized communication via text, voice and video. Files or pictures can also be shared. Coturn helps, if your FreedomBox is behind a router (NAT).

    • An alternative standard is XMPP with similar features. You can host your own Ejabberd server and use the Web interface JSXC on your own FreedomBox as client.

    • Mumble is your choice for pure real-time voice conferences.

    • Remain connected to some external chat rooms while you're absent; for IRC with Quassel, or with I2P.

    • Via e-mail:
      • With the server you'll (under construction) be able to bid your friends

        • real mailboxes and virtual addresses.
        • control over anti-spam and anti-virus protection.
        • safe communications among them (as no traffic leaves your server).
      • With the browser-based multilingual email client Roundcube they won't either need to install a client or use a service of questionable trust to check their email.

  • Share files:
    • Transfer large files via BitTorrent distributed file sharing with Deluge, Transmission, or with I2P.

    • Share files peer-to-peer with ?MLDonkey

    • Share content publicly or restricted to the users of listed allowed groups with Sharing

    • Privately share text snippets and files with Bepasty.

    • Publish files in your own website.

    • Locally with Samba.

    • Share locally multimedia content (photos, videos, music, ...) with MiniDLNA.

    • Organize your collections:
      • e-books with Calibre libraries.

      • photos with Zoph galleries.

  • Publish web content or a blog:
    • Host a personal or community wiki with MediaWiki.

    • Publish a website or blog with WordPress or Ikiwiki.

    • Host regular websites:
      • Each user has her own website.

      • There can be a system-wide website as well.
  • Keep your data synchronized to your FreedomBox:

  • Surf securely the internet
    • Filter incoming (e.g. ads) and outgoing web traffic with the proxy Privoxy.

    • Escape search engine filter bubbles using a metasearch engine like Searx.

    • Circumvent censorship using a socks5 proxy like Shadowsocks.

  • Host your own web office apps:
  • Host a multiplayer block sandbox with Minetest.

  • Connect securely to your FreedomBox services from the internet with OpenVPN or WireGuard in order to

    • publish services in untrusted networks or
    • to access through untrusted networks as if you were locally there.
  • Learn how to use each application:
    • Offline Manual
    • Online resources
    • Community support
      • Forums
      • Mailing List
      • IRC channel
  • Other features and solutions

Use Cases for the System Owner

FreedomBox makes it easy to:

  • Invite friends to use your box:
    • Grant FreedomBox accounts and access privileges to users (See Users and Groups).

    • Use a single login for FreedomBox Interface, XMPP, Ikiwiki and SSH.

    • Share infrastructure resources:
      • Provide DNS service for your local network with bind.

      • Connect storage devices (See Storage).

      • Provide a secure linux (including python3, etc) console accesible through SSH.

  • Connect your FreedomBox to the world:

    • Access your FreedomBox from the public Internet via Pagekite, Tor, or DNS.

    • Obtain a certificate for your domain from Let's Encrypt.

    • Manage network connections over Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or PPPoE (See Networks).

  • Control your FreedomBox:

    • Customize it:
      • Configure system name and interface language (See Configure).

      • Configure time zone and network time service (See Date and Time).

    • Know what's happening in your box:
      • Run diagnostic tests (See Diagnostics).

      • View which services are allowed through the firewall (See Firewall).

      • Watch storage consumption in each device (See Storage).

      • from a web interface with Cockpit.

    • Solve and prevent troubles:
      • Upgrade software packages automatically (See Software Upgrades).

      • View disk information or expand a partition (See Disks).

      • Create and restore filesystem snapshots (See Snapshots).

      • Backup your data with Borg (See Backups).

      • Configure local access to FreedomBox (See Service Discovery).

  • Learn how to administer your box:
    • Offline Manual
    • Online resources
    • Community support
      • Forums
      • Mailing List
      • IRC channel

Planned

These features are planned for upcoming releases.

  • Run your own federated social networking server (diaspora*)

  • Host your photos and videos (?MediaGoblin)

  • Run your micro-blogging social network (GNU Social, Mastodon, Pleroma)

  • Run your own Email server

  • Schedule backups
  • Manage and share your bookmarks (Shaarli)

Applications available in each Release

Application

Description

Debian 10 (Buster)

Debian 11 (Bullseye)

Debian 12 (Bookworm)

Dynamic DNS

Access to FreedomBox

(./)

(./)

(./)

Pagekite

Access to FreedomBox

(./)

(./)

(./)

Tor

Anonymity Network

(./)

(./)

(./)

I2P

Anonymity Network

{X} 1

(./)

(./)

Transmission

BitTorrent Web Client

(./)

(./)

(./)

Deluge

BitTorrent Web Client

(./)

(./)

(./)

Minetest

Block Sandbox

(./)

(./)

(./)

Radicale

Calendar and Addressbook

(./)

(./)

(./)

Quassel

Chat Client (IRC)

(./)

(./)

(./)

JSXC

Chat Client (XMPP)

(./)

(./)

(./)

Ejabberd

Chat Server (XMPP)

(./)

(./)

(./)

Matrix Synapse

Chat Server (Matrix)

(./) 2

(./)

(./)

Roundcube

Email Client

(./)

(./)

(./)

Bepasty

File Publishing

{X} 1

(./)

(./)

Sharing

File Publishing

(./)

(./)

(./)

?MLDonkey

File Sharing

(./)

{X}

{X}

Tahoe-LAFS

File Storage (Distributed)

(./)

{X}

{X}

Syncthing

File Synchronization

(./)

(./)

(./)

Infinoted

Gobby Server

(./)

(./)

(./)

Tiny Tiny RSS

News Feed Reader

(./)

(./)

(./)

Calibre

Organise e-Books

(./)

(./)

(./)

Zoph

Photo gallery

{X}

(./)

(./)

Shadowsocks

SOCKS5 proxy

(./)

(./)

(./)

OpenVPN

Virtual Private Network

(./)

(./)

(./)

WireGuard

Virtual Private Network

{X}

(./)

(./)

Mumble

Voice Chat Server

(./)

(./)

(./)

Privoxy

Web Proxy

(./)

(./)

(./)

Searx

Web Search

(./)

(./)

(./)

WordPress

Website and Blog

{X}

(./) 1

(./)

MediaWiki

Wiki

(./)

(./)

(./)

Ikiwiki

Wiki and Blog

(./)

(./)

(./)

  • 1 App was added to a FreedomBox release in backports.

  • 2 App can only be installed from backports.


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