Setup Diode Drive
In order to start using Diode Drive, it must be installed and setup on your computer.
NOTE: If you were an Alpha user, you must re-install Diode Drive to get the Beta.
Install and Run Diode Drive
Download Diode Drive for the type of computer you are running.
- Install and run Diode Drive
- On Windows
NOTE: You must have Microsoft Edge installed because the Diode Drive application UI requires "Webview"
- On MacOS
NOTE: M1 Macbooks are not currently supported (as of March 15, 2021) - stay tuned via Telegram for support
- On Linux (Raspberry Pi ARM shown here)
Open a terminal window and run the installer - it will extract to ~/dDrive
You can then either run it from a terminal window as ./dDrive from the ~/dDrive folder, or click the "dDrive.desktop" icon and select "Execute".
NOTE: Some Linux installations have a bug with the UI and file updates (as of March 15, 2021)
- Verify it is running
When Diode Drive starts up, it will load as a small orange icon in the task bar:
Clicking the orange Diode Drive icon will drop-down / pop-up menu options.
Create a Diode Drive Name
You need to create a name to start using Diode Drive. For privacy advocates, please note that the name is simply an alias to the public address of the Diode Drive installation you are running.
- Click Sign Up
- Enter a name
Names are unique and must be at least 8 characters long
- Allow the name to register
You will need to wait for up to a minute for your new name to register.
Create Your First Zone
A Zone is a collection of files, folders, and team members. Team members can collaborate real-time on the files in the Zone.
- Once registered, the menu options will include the option to create a New Zone
- Your new Zone (aka "Drive" in early Beta versions) can be named anything you like, and you can click the "..." button to locate the folder / files at whatever location you like on your computer (it defaults to a subdirectory called "Distributed Drives" in your user's home folder):
That's it! Diode Drive is now installed with your first Zone - you can now:
- Share files or folders with anyone in the world (even if they don't have Diode Drive installed)
- Use your phone / mobile device to upload/download files from your Zone
- Invite other team members to collaborate real-time on files in your Zone
- Backup and persistently host your files with other systems (like a Raspberry Pi)
- Be invited to be collaborate with others' Zones
- Create additional Zones
- Move the folder for your Zone to a new location
- Use Diode Drive in conjunction with Google Drive to support Google Docs
To uninstall Diode Drive, see this article.