Version 0.6.1 released

And of course, the JDK used to build the release was busted, which would make the profile creation fail. And due to the way the packaging is performed, it would only fail in that state, and not during the tests, conclusion:

  • automated tests are overrated
  • manual beta testing is still king

Download here

And the previous post with a description of all feature is here.

Version 0.6.0 released

After a long wait, a new version with some major changes:


You can now communicate using forums and instant synchronization. Subscribe to your favorite topics and participate in conversations with other users.

It also features a markdown editor so you can have some structure and style but without the bloat of HTML.

which gives the following result once the message is sent:

Incoming HTML messages from Retroshare are automatically converted to markdown.


Emojis up to Unicode version 14 are supported inline and with colors:

Profile export/import

You can now export your own profile, location and identity as well as your friend’s profiles and locations to an XML file for backup purposes.

This is also useful when switching versions with incompatible databases (*).

Miscellaneous changes

  • Java 21 support for better and faster performances
  • improvements to automatic backups (3 of them are kept)
  • improved network failures handling
  • protocol improvements
  • UI fixes

*: Upgrading from a previous version requires deleting the profile because of some major changes again. At least from this version on there’s the profile export/import feature to mitigate this in the future.

Download here.

Version 0.5.3 released

This is mostly a bugfix release but it also contains a new useful feature: QR code support to exchange IDs.

Xeres ID in credit card format

You can save it as an image (for example to display on a phone) or simply print it. To import it, go to Add Peer… / Scan a QR code and just hold it in front of your webcam (yes, Xeres supports webcams now).

Other notable bug fixes are:

  • fix GXS syncing so that updates are pushed and received in all cases (for example missing avatar image)
  • make UPNP fail when the external IP is not public

Download here.

Version 0.5.2 released


  • count connections in the notification bar properly
  • fix most smileys on Linux
  • add internationalization support, with french as a first translation
  • format bytes depending on their size (KB, MB, GB, etc…)
  • display flags when adding IPV4 connections (uses GeoIP)
  • display I2P, Tor and LAN icons for the rest

Chat UI

  • fix nickname coloring using always the same color and also tweak the coloring
  • add avatars for direct chat
  • show ping timeout for users who recently participated in a chat


  • add auto start support on Windows


  • better DNS checks when adding RSIDs

And many bug fixes and other improvements.

Download from GitHub.

Version 0.5.1 released

This release contains quite some important features:

Support for Tor and I2p.

Which means you can connect to Tor and I2P peers.

And support for the DHT.

Which means you can connect to other Xeres/Retroshare peers even if you don’t know their IPs.

There’s a lot of cool new UI features, especially the settings part where you can configure all the above and also control UPNP and Broadcast Discovery.

There’s also the (in)famous LEDs in the status bar 🙂

Here’s the list of changes:


  • add Tor support
  • add I2P support
  • add DHT support
  • improve UPNP compatibility with Askey devices
  • add hostname support in discovery
  • upgrade the broadcast discovery protocol to the latest ongoing version


  • add Settings UI
  • show a notification for detected clients on the LAN
  • add status bar
  • add leds for NAT and DHT status
  • improve Home UI and menus
  • improve tray icon (menu and tooltip)

Chat UI

  • bases the nickname color on the GxsId to make spoofing harder


  • prefer direct connection for clients on the same LAN
  • detect if the IP changed and reconfigures the services accordingly


  • add idle detection to change the status
  • add argument to start iconified

And many bug fixes and other improvements.

Head over to Github to download it.

Version 0.4.0 released

Finally a new release!

This release was focusing on fixing many bugs regarding the GxS syncing, many parts have been rewritten and it’s now faster and more reliable.

The chat UI has been refined too. Xeres can be used as a daily chat system.

I also upgraded to the latest H2, which is unfortunately not backward compatible. This means you have to delete your user data and recreate a profile. Sorry! From now on I’ll be more careful when upgrading and provide an automated path.

List of changes:

Chat UI

  • improve chat room info display
  • add tooltip over the user list
  • improve nickname completion: the tab key handles multiple nicknames and works anywhere
  • display received broadcasts


  • add support for identity avatar image, including setting it


  • faster and more consistent GxS syncing


  • upgrade to latest H2 (this means the user data needs to be deleted before upgrading, sorry!)


  • allow to manually select a peer IP to connect to
  • connect immediately to peers when adding them
  • allow to manually set trust levels


  • add a log file in the user directory (useful for troubleshooting)
  • display profile and location name in the main window
  • improve error messages

And many bug fixes and other improvements.

Head over to Github to download it.