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    Freenet Alternatives

    Freenet is described as 'is free software which lets you anonymously share files, browse and publish "freesites" (web sites accessible only through Freenet) and chat on forums, without fear of censorship' and is a very popular anonymizing network in the file sharing category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Freenet for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, Online / Web-based and BSD. The best alternative is Tor, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Freenet are Matrix.org, I2P, IPFS and ZeroNet.

    Freenet is mainly a Anonymizing Network but alternatives to it may also be VPN Services or Group Chat Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Freenet.
    This page was last updated May 20, 2022
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    1. Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.
      Most users think Tor is a great alternative to Freenet.
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      Matrix defines a set of open APIs for decentralised communication, suitable for securely publishing, persisting and subscribing to data over a global open federation of servers with no single point of control.


    2. The I2P network provides strong privacy protections for communication over the Internet. Many activities that would risk your privacy on the public Internet can be conducted anonymously inside I2P.
      Almost everyone thinks I2P is a great alternative to Freenet.
    3. IPFS is a global, versioned, peer-to-peer filesystem. It combines ideas from Git, BitTorrent, Kademlia, SFS, and the web. It is like a single bittorrent swarm, exchanging git objects. IPFS provides an interface as simple as the HTTP web, but with permanence built in.
    4. ZeroNet uses cryptography (Bitcoin library) and BitTorrent DHT (centralized trackers) to build a distributed censorship-resistant network.

      Discontinued

      The last release is from September 2019.

      ZeroNet vs Freenet opinions
      Almost everyone thinks ZeroNet is a great alternative to Freenet.
      Modern Architecture - very clean software
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      Deviated ZeroNet is very clean, and it cares about design.
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      leNoahOfArk It allows you to access an uncensored internet
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    5. A fast tunnel proxy that helps you bypass firewalls.
      Some users think Shadowsocks is a great alternative to Freenet, some don't.
    6. GNUnet is a framework for secure peer-to-peer networking that does not use any centralized or otherwise trusted services. A first service implemented on top of the networking layer allows anonymous censorship-resistant file-sharing.
      Almost everyone thinks GNUnet is a great alternative to Freenet.
    7. Snowflake is a system to defeat internet censorship. People who are censored can use Snowflake to access the internet. Their connection goes through Snowflake proxies, which are run by volunteers.
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      Sia is a new decentralized cloud storage platform aimed at giving users control of their data.
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      Social network for the distributed P2P network ZeroNet.
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