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Technitium Mesh is a secure, anonymous, peer-to-peer (p2p), open source instant messenger designed to provide end-to-end encryption. Primary aim of developing this insta...

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What is Mesh?

Technitium Mesh is a secure, anonymous, peer-to-peer (p2p), open source instant messenger designed to provide end-to-end encryption. Primary aim of developing this instant messenger is to provide privacy which is achieved using cryptography and anonymity using Tor network. It can be used over Internet and private LAN networks (without Internet) for instant messaging and file transfer with support for private chats and group chats.

Mesh is based on Bit Chat and is its successor. Mesh takes core ideas from its predecessor and removes a few. Notably, Mesh does not require centralized user registration and provides anonymous profile support using Tor hidden service. It also removes use of BitTorrent trackers for finding peers which was causing issues with Bit Chat since some ISPs blocking BitTorrent traffic would also block Bit Chat traffic. Instead, Mesh relies only on Distributed Hash Tables (DHT) for all purposes.

Mesh allows creating both pure p2p and anonymous profiles with support for running multiple profiles concurrently. Both p2p and anonymous profiles are interoperable such that a p2p profile user can connect with an anonymous profile user via Tor Network.

With Mesh, there is no meta data generated. User identifier is designed in such a way that it can be changed anytime to hide identity. Since, there is no user registration, we don't know who uses Mesh or how many people use it. In p2p mode, the connections use IPv4 or IPv6 connectivity directly to connect with peers without any server in between. With anonymous mode, all connectivity occurs over Tor network and uses Tor hidden service to accept inbound connections.

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Mesh Features

  1.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Mesh without registration.
  2.  Privacy focusedMesh is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
  3.  PortableMesh can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
  4.  DecentralizedMesh is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
  5.  End-to-End EncryptionMesh has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
  6.  AES-256 EncryptionMesh has AES-256 Encryption, i.e. very strong security.

Mesh information

  • Developed byTechnitium
  • LicensingOpen Source (GPL-3.0) and Free product.
  • Written in
  • Alternatives71 alternatives listed

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  • English

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  •  147 Stars
  •  53 Forks
  •  6 Open Issues
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Mesh was added to AlternativeTo by shreyasonline on and this page was last updated . Mesh is sometimes referred to as Bit Chat.

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behanzin777
  
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Automatic detection of users in the local network !

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Yrdael
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Hello, Why does it requires to contact the team in order to get an account and start using it ? This is never going to spread like uTox or Ring do. I wanted to try, but that's kind of... Disturbing. Good luck anyway.

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shreyaszare

Well, you can read this link for the answer: https://bitchat.im/faq.html#q2 . It is however possible to use it anonymously by configuring a anonymous proxy or using Tor Network.

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Yrdael

That, I understand, but in this situation they need to answer. They never answered to me. Therefore, I can't use their application. Is the project down ?

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shreyaszare

I am myself the maintainer of this project and I do answer all queries that I receive by email. You can ask me any query that you have in mind. Secondly, the project is still in its early stage and a lot of changes to it are being planned. I am open to suggestions and will be happy to implement whatever is feasible to make this project useful.

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Yrdael

Sorry, for the late reply. Okay, I take this into account. Thank you for your answers.

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