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The volunteergrid is a tahoe storage grid from users for users. Contrary to the TestGrid–which may be flushed at any time for development/testing reasons–the volunteergrid is meant as a stable alternative to the commercial grid. It was proposed by Eugene L. in February 2009 and an introducer was set up by Zooko after the idea received a fair amount of praise. This introducer unfortunately died when nooxie's upgrade went wrong. A new, more resilient, introducer was implemented by François Deppierraz in December 2009.

There are usually between 10 and 15 active server nodes, but new nodes are always welcome.

Setting up a volunteergrid (storage) node

  • Follow the install instructions
  • If your storage server is behind a firewall/NAT, please set up port forwarding to your tub.port and point tub.location to your external IP address (see configuration).
  • Set your introducer.furl to
  • Set your WUI port (web.port) to 9797 (so that conventional http:localhost:9797/<some-filecap> URLs work).
  • Please subscribe to the volunteergrid-l mailing list - it is very low-traffic but might feature important announcements.
  • Add your node to the map.

Best practices

  • If you destroy data (by accident or decision), let us know! Please inform us on the mailing list or ping us on IRC.
  • Please provide at least as much space as you use. (Don't forget to consider the redundancy factor: If you upload 1 GB of data, the grid will receive 3.33 GB of encoded data (3-of-10 encoding = 10/3 x file size = 3.33 x file size).)




The introducer is currently run by François Deppierraz on, an OpenVZ VE running under Debian lenny.

In the unfortunate case where the current introducer disappear, the following people should be able to bring it back into life: Zooko, Brian Warner and David T. Ask on the mailing list or contact them directly.

Storage Nodes

Name Admin contact Location Notes/Status? ?? ??
francois1(at) francois(at) Lausanne, Switzerland
imp-ap01 IRC: ndurner Germany
Kim ?? ??
kpreid@eider USA Typically behind NAT, outgoing connections only
kpreid@gobi USA Formerly kpreid@slimy. Outgoing only at the moment (2009-19-20), will reconfigure with port forward soon.
ndurdner IRC: ndurner Germany Workstation via cable modem (40 KB/s up)
SECORP_DOT_NET_<01-04> IRC: secorp ?? Read-only
trelbox IRC: terrell/trel1023 Chapel Hill, NC, USA iMac on cable modem (359 kbps up via
trid0 soultcer Austria soultcer France Feel free to use as [pb:// helper] or web gateway
yukyuk (Zooko's Athlon64 Linux workstation) IRC: zooko / zooko(at) Boulder, CO, USA workstation -- DSL line (896 Kbps up according to Qwest, 686 Kbps up according to

Decomissioned/Lost? Storage Nodes (by decomission date)

Name Admin contact Last Location Notes/Status?
draco (Zooko's Mac/PPC 867 MHz laptop) IRC: zooko / zooko(at) Valhalla Dead as of 2009-08-7]
aogail-volunteergrid @ allmydata (at) Tigard, OR, USA Not seen since introducer change 2009-12-11
ootles (Zooko's Macbook Pro Intel Core 2 Duo laptop) IRC: zooko / zooko(at) Boulder, CO, USA Not seen since introducer change 2009-12-11
`Toes' on wilcoxjg(at) CA, USA Not seen since introducer change 2009-12-11
`Vapor' on wilcoxjg(at) CA, USA Not seen since introducer change 2009-12-11
trid1 david(at) soultcer Austria All shares have been moved to other nodes as of 2009-12-17