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What is Cwtch?

Cwtch (/kʊtʃ/ - a Welsh word roughly translating to “a hug that creates a safe place”) is a decentralized, privacy-preserving, metadata resistant messaging app.

  • Decentralized and Open: There is no “Cwtch service” or “Cwtch network”. Participants in Cwtch can host their own safe spaces, or lend their infrastructure to others seeking a safe space. The Cwtch protocol is open, and anyone is free to build bots, services and user interfaces and integrate and interact with Cwtch.
  • Privacy Preserving: All communication in Cwtch is end-to-end encrypted and takes place over Tor v3 onion services.
  • Metadata Resistant: Cwtch has been designed such that no information is exchanged or available to anyone without their explicit consent, including on-the-wire messages and protocol metadata.

Security, Encryption and Safety

For a more in depth look at the security, privacy, and underlying encryption technology used in Cwtch, please consult our Security Handbook

Getting Started

You can download the latest version of Cwtch from https://cwtch.im/download/