Your plug & play federated social network
Bonfire aims to expand your freedom as a user of social networks, puts your data in your own hands (literally) and connects you with the people and communities you care about.
Everyone should be able to truly shape their social network experience, from the ground up.
what is bonfire?
1. A device
Plug & play
Ready to use (really, plug in and play)
Online, offline or local network
Use the apps offline or within your local network (e.g. spin up a temporary autonomous network at a festival or protest)
Based on something like Raspberry Pi and runs free software
Friendly to intermediate tech users
Preconfigured and well documented so you can easily run any CommonsPub apps and extensions
Springboard for DIY
Install additional apps on your device and take more control of your digital life
2. A fediverse hosted service
Hosts your fediverse identity on your own domain name (or using @your-instance.bonfire.cafe).
Complements your Bonfire device
Stores your incoming messages/updates when your device is offline, and syncs it with the fediverse.
Doesn't hog your data
Once your private data has synced to your device it is deleted from the server right away.
Respects your privacy
End-to-end encryption for private activities (when available) means your data is never seen by the server or anyone else.
Open source & decentralised
Possible to self-host, or use a compatible service.
Bonfire (the device) runs CommonsPub apps
CommonsPub is an ecosystem of people and projects cooperating to build interoperable and extensible apps, that can easily plug and play with each other.
Diverse apps & extensions to choose from
Do you need a basic social app? A collaborative federated blog? A decentralised forum for group discussion? A space for sharing and curating links and files? An offers and needs map and bulletin board for mutual aid? The community is developing unique approaches for these and more.
CommonsPub apps are made of building blocks you can use to create your own custom apps
Free / open source
Customise the design, the code, or any aspect of the apps, and contribute your improvements to the community.