GSoC’23 : Implementation of Web Interface of Retroshare

Hello folks ๐Ÿ‘‹
I am Sumit Kumar Soni, a frontend developer who loves Linux, design and doing open source contributions. Being a part of GSoC fills me with excitement. Furthermore, I hope to learn, expand my knowledge and do some impactful contributions in implementation of webui of retroshare throughout this summer.

Project Context

RetroShare provides a decentralized, encrypted connection with maximum security between nodes where they can chat, share files, mail, etc. It uses GXS (Generic eXchange System) that provides asynchronous distribution, authentication, privacy, security of generic data. RetroShare is a C++ software program that comprises a headless lib called libretroshare. So, this lib helps in making a headless server (retroshare-service), a standalone app with a user interface built using Qt, an android client and more.

Moreover, a web interface has started being developed that allows users to control the headless server from their web browsers. The web interface uses an automatically generated JSON API. And, It includes all necessary functions to send and receive data from the software, communicating with libretroshare.

Goals and Deliverables

This is the homepage of Retroshare’s web interface.

The previous GSoC contributors have accomplished astonishing work on the WebUI, yet there remain many functionalities to implement and bugs to fix. This summer, I intend to implement some of the most important features and make the design more appealing and user-friendly as well.

The main deliverables during the GSoC period will be :

  • Config Section
    • Implement the panels which have not yet been implemented from the Qt application.
    • Enhance the already existing panels and fix the existing inconsistencies.
  • Mail Section
    • Implement the Reply, Reply All and Forward feature in the mail view.
    • Fix the Compose Mail popup and make it usable.
  • Forums Section
    • Implement the remaining features from the Qt app in the forum section.
    • Implement a better layout of the forum and posts view, comment and reply feature etc.
  • Boards and Channel Section
    • Implement the remaining features and make them more user-friendly and easy to use.
  • Implement a feature for Configuring and Visualizing own shared files with features such as managing shared directories, user permissions etc.

Previous Contributions

During and before the community bonding period, I contributed and added features for the implementation of webui of retroshare. And, The most recent contribution I did was the implementation of file search in Files section, which wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my mentor Cyril Soler.

I have also implemented various other features such as Attachment view for Mail section to view all the mail attachments in one place, improving the sidebar etc. Likewise, I have also tried to reduce the overall size of the WebUI by minifying the files. The PRs I raised until now can be seen here.

What’s Next?

Currently, The community bonding period is going on, and I have made myself a bit familiar with my mentors and some fellow members. The mentors are really supportive, and I couldn’t have made it to GSoC without my mentor Cyril Soler and one more amazing person, Defnax. In addition, I actively participate in weekly meetings where I report my progress, discuss different approaches.

So, for the first phase which is until the midterm evaluation I have planned to work towards the implementation of the first two features listed in the Goals and Deliverables section of this blog. It has been an amazing learning experience, and I am looking forward to achieving more amazing things this summer with Freifunk and Retroshare!

Thanks for reading and Have a great day ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

5 thoughts on “GSoC’23 : Implementation of Web Interface of Retroshare

  1. RetroShare is a remarkable platform that enables secure and private communication, and the addition of a user-friendly web interface will undoubtedly enhance its accessibility and usability for a wider audience. This development will empower more individuals to connect and share with confidence, fostering a stronger sense of community and collaboration.

    I applaud the team for their commitment to open-source principles and their continuous efforts to improve RetroShare.

    It’s heartwarming to witness the genuine desire to create a safe and decentralized environment for online interactions. The work being done here aligns perfectly with the values of a free and open internet.

    1. Thanks for your kind words Dipak, and also sorry for the late reply.
      If you are up for it, you are most welcome for making any contributions to this project as well.
      Have a great Day ๐Ÿ™‚

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