Get Started

The easiest way to learn about Scuttlebutt is to dive in.

Step 1: Download

Download the app that suits you (see descriptions).

Each one allows you to access the same Scuttlebutt universe, just through different interfaces. Once you create a profile, all your data will be stored locally on your device.

For more information and support, visit the website for your chosen app’s maintainer.

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(Windows, MacOS, Linux)

Standalone, beginner-friendly social view of Scuttlebutt.

Recommended for first-timers.

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(Windows, MacOS, Linux)

Bleeding-edge, tab-based interface with experimental features.

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Off-grid mobile app, currently in beta.

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(Firefox extension)

A new client for Secure Scuttlebutt packaged as a Web Extension for Firefox. Needs you to run sbot, or have Patchwork running.


These are currently the most popular apps, but there are many more apps to choose from!


Step 2: Boot it up

Whichever app you choose, open the application. Below, we’ll guide you through the Patchwork app.

Start by setting up your profile. This might include choosing friendly picture for your profile, or writing a little about yourself.

You can change this all later. It’s possible to discover your old names and photo and description, so consider the privacy implications of whatever you choose. You may want to start with a temporary-feeling identity and change it later once you settle in.

patchwork at first bootup


Step 3: Get Connected

Since Scuttlebutt is a decentralized, peer-to-peer network, it’s up to you to decide what content to download and share.

The easiest way to try it all out is to join a pub; ask someone you know for a pub invite! You can also follow friends directly by exchanging keys.

Go to the list of pub servers, and get an invite code from one.


Use the Invite Code

The invite code is a special unique code, that allows you to be “invited” into a particular community or group of people. If you use Patchwork, can click “+ Join Pub” in the top left corner of Patchwork and paste in the invite code.


Step 4: Get the Gossip

The first time you join the network there will be a lot to download and process. For real, this “inital syncing” process can take up to an hour and use a couple of gigabytes.

It’s a good time to go have a cup of tea or to watch the Scuttlebutt Love Story.

Initial Sync Island


Step 5: Get Social!

Woo yay! Congrats! You’ve made it!

We have a tradition that new people write introductions in the #new-people channel. You can also now follow new people you find, ‘like’ discussions, private message people and follow channels!

Check out the detailed Get Started Guide for more info.


hermie gifting you and welcoming you with a flower