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!FreedomBox is a self-hosting server aimed at protecting your privacy and data ownership.
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   * The [[FreedomBox/Manual/Matrix|Matrix]] server allows secure, decentralized communication via text, voice and video. Files or pictures can of course also be shared. [[FreedomBox/Manual/Coturn|Coturn]] helps, if your !FreedomBox is behind a router (NAT).
   * An alternative standard ist XMPP with similar features. You can host your own [[FreedomBox/Manual/ejabberd|Ejabberd]] server and use the Web interface [[FreedomBox/Manual/JSXC|JSXC]] on your own !FreedomBox as client.
   * The [[FreedomBox/Manual/Matrix|Matrix]] server allows secure, decentralized communication via text, voice and video. Files or pictures can also be shared. [[FreedomBox/Manual/Coturn|Coturn]] helps, if your !FreedomBox is behind a router (NAT).
   * An alternative standard is XMPP with similar features. You can host your own [[FreedomBox/Manual/ejabberd|Ejabberd]] server and use the Web interface [[FreedomBox/Manual/JSXC|JSXC]] on your own !FreedomBox as client.
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 * Read e-mails and news
   * Check your email with the browser-based multilingual email client [[FreedomBox/Manual/Roundcube|Roundcube]].
   * Read RSS news with [[FreedomBox/Manual/TinyTinyRSS|Tiny Tiny RSS]].
   * Via e-mail:
     * With the [[FreedomBox/Manual/EmailServer|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 [[FreedomBox/Manual/Roundcube|Roundcube]] they won't either need to install a client or use a service of questionable trust to check their email.
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    * Transfer large files with [[FreedomBox/Manual/Deluge|Deluge]], with [[FreedomBox/Manual/Transmission|Transmission]], or with [[FreedomBox/Manual/I2P|I2P]].
    * Upload files to your website for others to consume publicly.
    * Privately share files with [[FreedomBox/Manual/bepasty|Bepasty]].
    * Transfer large files via !BitTorrent distributed file sharing with [[FreedomBox/Manual/Deluge|Deluge]], [[FreedomBox/Manual/Transmission|Transmission]], or with [[FreedomBox/Manual/I2P|I2P]].
    * Share files peer-to-peer with [[FreedomBox/Manual/MLDonkey|MLDonkey]]
    * Share content publicly or restricted to the users of listed allowed groups with [[FreedomBox/Manual/Sharing|Sharing]]
    * Privately share text snippets and files with [[FreedomBox/Manual/bepasty|Bepasty]].
    * Publish files in your [[FreedomBox/Manual/Apache_userdir|own website]].
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 * Publish web content:
   * Publish a blog with [[FreedomBox/Manual/Ikiwiki|Ikiwiki]].
    * Share locally multimedia content (photos, videos, music, ...) with [[FreedomBox/Manual/MiniDLNA|MiniDLNA]].
    * Organize your collections:
      * e-books with [[FreedomBox/Manual/Calibre|Calibre]] libraries.
      * photos with [[FreedomBox/Manual/Zoph|Zoph]] galleries.
 * Publish web content or a blog:
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   * Publish a website or blog with [[FreedomBox/Manual/WordPress|WordPress]] or [[FreedomBox/Manual/Ikiwiki|Ikiwiki]].
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     * Each user has her own website.
     * There can be a system-wide website with [[FreedomBox/Manual/Apache_userdir|User Websites]] .
 * Publish multimedia content (photos, videos, music, ...) with [[FreedomBox/Manual/MiniDLNA|MiniDLNA]].
     * Each user has her [[FreedomBox/Manual/Apache_userdir|own website]].
     * There can be a system-wide website as well.
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 * Organize your e-books into collections with [[FreedomBox/Manual/Calibre|Calibre]].
 * Share your internet connection with local devices.
 * Surf securely the internet
   * Filter incoming (e.g. ads) and outgoing web traffic with the proxy [[FreedomBox/Manual/Privoxy|Privoxy]].
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   * Block ads while browsing the web. With [[FreedomBox/Manual/Privoxy|Privoxy]].
 * Connect securely to your !FreedomBox services from the internet through [[FreedomBox/Manual/OpenVPN|OpenVPN]].
   * in order to publish services in untrusted networks
   * in order to access through untrusted networks as if you were locally there.
   * Circumvent censorship using a socks5 proxy like [[FreedomBox/Manual/Shadowsocks|Shadowsocks]].
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   * Read RSS news with [[FreedomBox/Manual/TinyTinyRSS|Tiny Tiny RSS]].
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   * Share your source code with [[FreedomBox/Manual/GitWeb|GitWeb]]
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 * Circumvent censorship using a socks5 proxy like [[FreedomBox/Manual/Shadowsocks|Shadowsocks]].  * Connect securely to your !FreedomBox services from the internet with [[FreedomBox/Manual/OpenVPN|OpenVPN]] or [[FreedomBox/Manual/WireGuard|WireGuard]] in order to
   * publish services in untrusted networks or
   * to access through untrusted networks as if you were locally there.
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 * Email server
 * Scheduled backups
 * Run your own [[FreedomBox/Manual/EmailServer|Email server]]
 * Schedule backups
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||'''Application'''||'''Description'''||'''Debian 9 (Stretch)'''||'''Debian 10 (Buster)'''||'''Comment'''||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/DynamicDNS|Dynamic DNS]] || Access to !FreedomBox || ? || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/PageKite|Pagekite]] || Access to !FreedomBox || ? || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Tor|Tor]] || Anonymity Network || (./) || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/I2P|I2P]] || Anonymity Network || {X} || {X} || added in buster-backports ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Transmission|Transmission]] || !BitTorrent Web Client || (./) || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Deluge|Deluge]] || !BitTorrent Web Client || (./) || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Minetest|Minetest]] || Block Sandbox || (./) || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Radicale|Radicale]] || Calendar and Addressbook || (./) || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Quassel|Quassel]] || Chat Client (IRC) || (./) || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/JSXC|JSXC]] || Chat Client (XMPP) || (./) || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/ejabberd|Ejabberd]] || Chat Server (XMPP) || (./) || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Matrix|Matrix Synapse]] || Chat Server (Matrix) || {X} || (./) || only in buster-backports ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Roundcube|Roundcube]] || Email Client || (./) || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/bepasty|Bepasty]] || File Publishing || {X} || {X} || added in buster-backports ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Sharing|Sharing]] || File Publishing || ? || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/MLDonkey|MLDonkey]] || File Sharing || {X} || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Tahoe-LAFS|Tahoe-LAFS]] || File Storage (Distributed) || ? || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Syncthing|Syncthing]] || File Synchronization || ? || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Infinoted|Infinoted]] || Gobby Server || (./) || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/TinyTinyRSS|Tiny Tiny RSS]] || News Feed Reader || {X} || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Calibre|Calibre]] || Organise e-Books || {X} || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Shadowsocks|Shadowsocks]] || SOCKS5 proxy || {X} || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/OpenVPN|OpenVPN]] || Virtual Private Network || (./) || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Mumble|Mumble]] || Voice Chat Server || (./) || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Repro|Repro]] || VoIP Server (SIP) || (./) || {X} || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Privoxy|Privoxy]] || Web Proxy || (./) || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Searx|Searx]] || Web Search || {X} || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/MediaWiki|MediaWiki]] || Wiki || {X} || (./) || ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Ikiwiki|Ikiwiki]] || Wiki and Blog || (./) || (./) || ||
||'''Application'''||'''Description'''||'''Debian 10 (Buster)'''||'''Debian 11 (Bullseye)'''||'''Debian 12 (Bookworm)'''||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/DynamicDNS|Dynamic DNS]] || Access to !FreedomBox || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/PageKite|Pagekite]] || Access to !FreedomBox || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Tor|Tor]] || Anonymity Network || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/I2P|I2P]] || Anonymity Network || {X} ^1^ || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Transmission|Transmission]] || !BitTorrent Web Client || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Deluge|Deluge]] || !BitTorrent Web Client || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Minetest|Minetest]] || Block Sandbox || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Radicale|Radicale]] || Calendar and Addressbook || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Quassel|Quassel]] || Chat Client (IRC) || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/JSXC|JSXC]] || Chat Client (XMPP) || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/ejabberd|Ejabberd]] || Chat Server (XMPP) || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Matrix|Matrix Synapse]] || Chat Server (Matrix) || (./) ^2^ || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Roundcube|Roundcube]] || Email Client || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/bepasty|Bepasty]] || File Publishing || {X} ^1^ || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Sharing|Sharing]] || File Publishing || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/MLDonkey|MLDonkey]] || File Sharing || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Tahoe-LAFS|Tahoe-LAFS]] || File Storage (Distributed) || (./) || {X} || {X} ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Syncthing|Syncthing]] || File Synchronization || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Infinoted|Infinoted]] || Gobby Server || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/TinyTinyRSS|Tiny Tiny RSS]] || News Feed Reader || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Calibre|Calibre]] || Organise e-Books || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Zoph|Zoph]] || Photo gallery || {X} || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Shadowsocks|Shadowsocks]] || SOCKS5 proxy || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/OpenVPN|OpenVPN]] || Virtual Private Network || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/WireGuard|WireGuard]] || Virtual Private Network || {X} || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Mumble|Mumble]] || Voice Chat Server || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Privoxy|Privoxy]] || Web Proxy || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Searx|Searx]] || Web Search || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/WordPress|WordPress]] || Website and Blog || {X} || (./) ^1^ || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/MediaWiki|MediaWiki]] || Wiki || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
|| [[FreedomBox/Manual/Ikiwiki|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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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

(./)

(./)

(./)

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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