Getting Started With Streembit

First, you need to head over to http://streembit.github.io/download and follow the installation instructions based on which operating system you are using.

Windows:

Download the latest executable and extract the files to wherever you want to keep Streembit. The folder that you extract contains everything Streembit needs to run within it, so you cannot take the executable out of the folder. You can however make a shortcut to it on your desktop if you like.

To run Streembit, right click on streembit.exe and select Run as administrator. Make sure that your antivirus allows Streembit to run.

Mac & Linux:

The builds and binaries aren’t available yet on the download page for Mac and Linux users so if you want to use Streembit on these operating systems you need to build it yourself from the source code which can be found at:

https://github.com/streembit/streembitui

You can read the build instructions here:

https://github.com/streembit/streembitui/blob/master/BUILD.md

Once you have made the binaries follow the instructions on the download page to get Streembit running.

Choosing your connection type:

You can connect to Streembit via TCP or WebSocket (WS). To take full advantage of Streembit’s decentralized peer to peer network you must forward a TCP port to allow inbound connections. By default the port that you need to forward is 8905 (the port number can be changed under Tools → Settings). Port forwarding can be different depending on what type of router you have, I have compiled some tips to help you out here: https://deardolphinblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/port-forwarding-tips/. Streembit will try to ask your router to automatically open port 8905 for it, but many routers do not allow programs to do this.

If you are unable to forward your port, Streembit will use the WebSocket fallback to connect you to the network.

Make sure that Streembit will attempt to use your preferred connection type by setting it under the Transport option which can be found at Tools → Settings. Once you make an account and are connected to the public network you can verify that your port forward worked by going to Tools → Account/Network info and making sure the Transport is TCP.

Creating an account and connecting to Streembit’s public network:

Click the New Account button or Streembit → New Account and fill out the form to create a new account. Your Streembit account name is what other users will use to find you. Your private key password is used protect your private key that is stored on the computer that you create the account on and anywhere you backup your account to. When you connect to the network Streembit will push your public key (which is mathematically linked to your private key) and account name out to the network so that people can find you.

Keep in mind that if you somehow lose your Streembit folder and you didn’t backup your account then you will be unable to verify that you are the owner of the public key associated with your account and won’t gain access back into your account. You can restore your Streembit account data on any computer from a backup file.

Once you have created your account, click the Connect to Public Streembit button or Streembit → Connect to public network. If everything goes well you should now be connected to the Streembit network! Press the search button or Contacts → Find contact to begin communicating.

Don’t forget to backup your account!

It is essential to clear the database if you are using Streembit on a public computer, for example in an internet café or airport.
You can remove all Streembit data from the computer by clicking on the Tools/Clear database menu item. Once the deletion is confirmed the application will erase all configuration, account and contacts data from the computer.
For more details on how Streembit works visit the documentation:
http://streembit.github.io/documentation/

I hope this post helped you get started on Streembit!

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