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Minbase is an unopinionated minimal base on which to build opinionated Secure Scuttlebutt clients.

Scuttlebot is An off-grid social network.

Minbase is maintained by Everett Bogue - @ev on ssb.


Minbase is a fork of Patchbay@6.1.3, which was originally written by Dominic Tarr. In the beginning I wanted to find out just how minimal Patchbay could be, with the idea that 'minbay' would get merged into Master as a depject configuration, however that never happened so now it's a fork as Patchbay@7 and Minbase are now barely resemble each other. Minbase shares a lot of the original Patchbay@6 code, with minimal modifications.


git clone ssb://%+tyUthD1L689osLUj8LNLV4smRKpO7Wu07DB+LMd7TQ=.sha256 minbase 


git clone

Next use ssb-npm, npm or yarn to install dependencies, build the client, and start minbase.

cd minbase
npm install
npm run build
npm start

navigate to the location of the minbase/build/index.html file or localhost:3013

Minbase will start a local sbot instance using ssb-party.

You'll see a lite client invite on your command line. Click the lite client invite and accept to generate a new identity and load the websocket server into your browser. If you want to import your ssb identity, load your public/private key from .ssb/secret into the 'Your Key' tab in minbase.

Minbase also works with Electron. sudo npm install -g electro and run minbase using electron electro index -- this won't start the scuttlebot server, so do that in another window.