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title: Getting Started with Arbor

It only takes a few steps to get connected in Arbor!


You'll need to download the latest client version for your operating system from the release page. Choose the most top list item (click on the version number) and then find the download link. Here's how to choose:

  • macOS: Choose the one with macOS_x86_64 in the name
  • Windows: Choose the one with windows_x86_64 in the name
  • Linux: Choose the one with Linux_x86_64 in the name (unless you're on a different architecture like a raspberry pi)

Once you have the file, unpack the archive. This can generally be accomplished by double-clicking it in your file manager. You should be left with a folder that contains an executable file called wisteria (wisteria.exe on Windows).

Move that executable file wherever you'd like. You just need to remember where so that you can navigate there in a terminal later on.

Create your account

An Arbor account is called an Identity. You'll need to have gpg installed for this part.

  • Linux users should almost certainly already have gpg. Try which gpg to check. If you don't have it, check your distribution's documentation for installation instructions.
  • BSD users can check their OS documentation for the correct installation instructions.
  • macOS users can install gpg with homebrew by running brew install gpg.
  • Windows users can install gpg4win.

Now we need to generate a GPG key. If you already have one, you can skip this part.

gpg --generate-key

Follow the prompts. Any information that you include in these prompts will be part of your Arbor Identity, so be careful not to use an email address that you aren't willing to share (you can omit your email if you want to).

Now we create your Arbor Identity by launching wisteria, our client program. Open a terminal and navigate to the folder where you put the wisteria executable. Run:

# launch the client connected to our server infrastructure
./wisteria arbor.chat:7117

Select "Create New Identity" and then select your new GPG key. You should be prompted to enter your key's passphrase in order to sign your new identity.

Using Wisteria

You can use the arrow keys (or h/j/k/l) to scroll your cursor between messages. The red message is "selected," and determines the coloration of all other visible messages. Yellow messages are "ancestors" of the selected message (it is a reply to them), whereas green messages are "descendants" of the selected message.

You can filter the history to only messages related to the selected message (ancestors and descendants) by pressing the spacebar. Press it again to turn this filter off.

To reply to the selected message, just hit Enter (or Return), type your message, then press Enter (or Return) again. You may be prompted to enter your GPG key passphrase. After that, you should see your new message appear in wisteria and it will be sent to other connected relays.

To start a new conversation (not related to your currently selected reply) press c instead of Enter. You compose your new message in the same way.

You can see the wisteria log by pressing L (press it again to switch back to history).

Updating Wisteria

Follow the directions for installing wisteria, then just launch it without generating a new GPG key.

Going Further

Do you want to:

  • Report a bug? Open a ticket in our issue tracker!
  • Give us some feedback? Send us an email on our mailing list!
  • Get involved? See our home page for ways you can help our community (no code skills required)!