To install Freenet might not be as difficult as you might have heard. There are two ways to install Freenet:
- Graphical install
- Headless install
- Enabling a mirror copy of a Freenet installation
If you want to install the Freenet software on a computer which lacks a GUI, see the Headless install instructions. If you have mirrored a working Freenet installation to a machine without explicitly installing it, see Mirrored install. Otherwise, continue reading.
For a graphical installation you have to have:
- A working Java Runtime Environment,
- a downloaded copy of new_installer_offline.jar (if this does not work try here)
- a working graphical user interface (GUI)
You should save the new_installer.jar file somewhere were you can find it again. Your home-directory should be a good place. The next step requires you to know where you stored the file (the path to it), so it is quite important that you do that step thouroghly.
To start the installation, open a command line interface/terminal/shell window. Exchange the /path/to to the real path (for example: /home/username/download/new_installer.jar) to the new_installer.jar-file and type:
$ java -jar /path/to/new_installer_offline.jar
The first window you should see is the one below, which allows you to select your preferred language for the installation program.
Next is shown an about-box, some information about the version of Freenet and authors. Just click Next to proceed.
The next step is to choose the directory in which to install Freenet. The default location on Linux operating systems is /home/username/Freenet as shown below. Change it to something appropriate or leave "as is". Click Next when you are finished.
Select the packages that you want to install with your Freenet software. Since it takes up virtually no extra disk-space, it is recommended that you leave all packages selected and press Next.
In the next stage, the packages are installed, and a progress meter runs across the window. When it is finished, press Next to continue to the next step.
After that, the Freenet software is installed and/or upgraded, plugins are enabled and the environment is started. When completed, press Next to proceed.
For some graphical environments, shortcuts in the menu-structure can be created. This is not the case for all of the platforms that Freenet run on. However, there should be created shortcuts on the desktop in all supported environments. Change the application group according to your needs and press Next when finished.
After that, the installation is finished. Click Done to close the window.
If all has gone well, a browser window should have opened in the background. This will ask you a bunch of questions to configure Freenet, and then you should be able to use it.
It will ask about network security level - "protection from strangers attacking you over the internet". If you choose LOW or NORMAL, Freenet should "just work", connecting in a few minutes. If you choose HIGH or MAXIMUM, Freenet will need you to add Friends before you can use it. These must be people you personally know. Adding people you don't know will not improve security.