Install Diode Drive

In order to start using Diode Drive, it must be installed and setup on your computer.

If you were an Alpha user (installed pre March 2021), you must re-install Diode Drive to get the Beta.

Follow the three steps below to get up and running.


  1. Download

Download Diode Drive for the type of computer you are running.



  1. Install and run Diode Drive
    1. On Windows
    Double click the .exe file and the installer will lead you through the installation steps. Once installed, double click "Diode Drive" in the start menu to run it.
    NOTE: You must have Microsoft Edge installed because the Diode Drive application UI requires "Webview"
    1. On MacOS
    Double click the .dmg file and drag the Diode Drive icon into the Applications folder. Once installed, click "Diode Drive" in the Launcher to run it. Watch this walk through video for more details:
    There have been some reports of MacOS Big Sur showing the error "You do not have permissions to open the application dDrive". If you get this error, try opening a terminal window and enter sudo xattr -d com.apple.quarantine /applications/dDrive.app (as of June 2021)
    1. On Linux (Raspberry Pi ARM shown here)

Set the File Permissions for the .run file to include "Execute" follow on screen instructions. Once installed, set the "dDrive Decentralized Storage" executable to have the "execute" property

Open a terminal window and run the installer - it will extract to ~/dDrive

You can then either run it from a terminal window from the ~/dDrive folder with: ./dDrive start_iex , or click the "Diode Drive Decentralized Storage" icon from the UI and select "Execute".

Some Linux installations have a bug with the UI and file updates (last checked: March 15, 2021)

If your installation is not automatically synchronizing file changes, install the "inotify-tools" package via the command line:

sudo apt install inotify-tools

If the user interface doesn't load, try installing the topicons extension from https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/495/topicons/

Recent (as of June 2021) Raspberry Pi Linux OS (Raspbian) no longer packages an OpenGL driver required by Diode Drive. If Diode Drive does not start on your Raspberry Pi, install the drive from a terminal window: sudo apt install libglu1-mesa


  1. Verify Diode Drive 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.

When first running Diode Drive, it may start and then the icon may disappear for a brief moment, and then re-appear. When this happens, Diode Drive is applying an update.
When Diode Drive starts on Windows, the little orange Diode Drive icon will load in a group in the task bar. To see the icon, you have to click on the up arrow ( ^ ) in the task bar to see the hidden icon group. You can drag the Diode Drive icon out of the group into the base task bar to keep it from loading there in the future.


That's it! Diode Drive is installed and active on your system.

NEXT STEP: Create an Account




Other getting-started articles:

To uninstall Diode Drive, see this article.


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