Peer to peer data sharing app built for humans

Dat Desktop

Peer to peer data sharing app built for humans.


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To run the app locally check out our download guide or install directly from the command line using Homebrew Cask. Currently only MacOS is supported.

$ brew update && brew cask install dat


$ npm install             # install dependencies
$ npm start               # start the application
$ npm run dist            # compile the app into an ASAR file to release
$ npm start --dat=<dir>   # change the path for new dat archives (default ~/Downloads)

Directory structure

elements/      Standalone application-specific elements
lib/           Generalized components, should be moved out of project later
models/        Choo models
pages/         Views that are directly mounted on the router
public/        Various assets
scripts/       Various scripts used to build and manage the repository
app.js         Client application entry file
index.html     Initial HTML served
index.js       Electron application entry


How can I speed up downloading Electron?

If you’re not in Europe or the US, you might want to use a different mirror for electron. You can set the ELECTRON_MIRROR variable to point to a different provider:

# Europe / US
$ npm install

# Asia / Oceania
$ ELECTRON_MIRROR="https://npm.taobao.org/mirrors/electron/" npm install



Font Attribution & License

SourceSansPro-Regular.ttf: Copyright 2010, 2012 Adobe Systems Incorporated (http://www.adobe.com/), with Reserved Font Name 'Source'. All Rights Reserved. Source is a trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. SIL Open Font License, 1.1

SourceCodePro-Regular.ttf: Copyright 2010, 2012 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved. SIL Open Font License, 1.1


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