Hyphanet is a peer-to-peer platform for
censorship-resistant and privacy-respecting
publishing and communication.

The original Freenet.

Looking for Locutus?
It is now named Freenet; the team of the original Freenet continues development as Hyphanet.
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Install Hyphanet


Protect your privacy


Protect internet privacy and freedom


Reclaim Your Privacy!

Hyphanet makes it easy to publish and follow what others publish with strong privacy protections.

Plugins built on its decentralized data store make it very easy to host your own website and provide microblogging and forums, media sharing from files to video-on-demand and decentralized version tracking, blogging and spam resistance without central authority.

For an easy start you can join the global Opennet. For maximum privacy, connect to your friends and build a friend-to-friend network independent of and invisible to any centralized server. To access the global network, you either need some friends who also connect to opennet, or use the Shoeshop plugin to build a sneakernet that can even bridge separate friend-to-friend networks when your regional internet itself gets severed from the global information network.

Lots of additional information about Hyphanet and its history is available on Wikipedia.

What's New

  1. Freenet renamed to Hyphanet


    In early 2023, the board of Freenet Project, Inc - the nonprofit that started work in 1999 - decided to rename its new project Locutus to "Freenet." This required that Freenet change its name. Locutus began development in 2019, and has different...

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Why we do this

I worry about my child and the Internet all the time, even though she's too young to have logged on yet. Here's what I worry about. I worry that 10 or 15 years from now, she will come to me and say Daddy, where were you when they took freedom of the press away from the Internet
/ Electronic Frontier Foundation