Completing the Retroshare Web Interface – Google Summer of Code 2022 Final Report

This blog constitutes the final progress of the work done in Google Summer of Code 2022 under the organization Freifunk and project Retroshare Web Interface.

About me

I am Sukhamjot Singh, a 4th-year undergraduate in Computer Science at International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore. I love 2 things – Table Tennis and Open Source development. The fact that my contribution, however small or big, will be a part of something huge and useful, motivates me to work further.
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The development of a web interface for the communication platform Retroshare was the major objective of this project. The goal was to provide as many features in the web interface by making use of the existing JSON API and provide a user friendly experience for the same.

Tech Stack : Mithril (Javascript) [A lightweight Frontend Framework]

Home Page

Relevant Links


With the help of my mentors Cyril Soler and Gio, I have provided some major functionalities in the web interface. One thing to note is that the priority was to provide the relevant functionality first with some focus on the design part.

The major contributions include:

Channels Tab

This tab is developed for using the Channel related features of Retroshare.

Subscribed channels
Create Channel

We can subscribe to specific channels and then have access to the content.
Search functionality is also provided for Channels and Posts.

Create a new Post.

Post View has functionality to download files as well.

Comments Functionality

We can comment on Posts, reply to the comments and upvote/downvote comments.

Forums Tab

This tab is developed to use the Forums features of Retroshare.

My Forums
Create Forum

Functionalities for subscribing to a forum to have access to their threads and searching forums is also provided.

Forum View(Bold for unread theads)

Functionalities – Create a new thread, reply to a thread, mark a thread unread and view all the messages.

Thread View
Options to edit own threads
Edit Thread

Files Tab

Under Files tab I provided some additional facilities such as directory searching and some Download options.

In the Friends Files, the download option for each file is also added.

Friends Files
My Files

Boards Tab: The Boards Tab has similar functionality as the Channels Tab. Due to the structured and modular code of the Channels Tab, it is also being reused to build the Boards Tab. Along with community member defnax, Boards Tab is also under progress.

Work to be done

The progress of the project was satisfactory and achieved expected milestones. But there is still a lot of work to be done in the web interface to have comparable functionalities with the QT interface.

Some of the issues that need work in the future:

  • Search in Files Tab
  • Uploaded Files in Files Tab
  • Uploading attachments in Posts in Channels Tab
  • Pending Options in Config Tab.

Along with this, some of the Github Issues also need attention. I will be sure to work on these issues and functions in the future.

Concluding Thoughts

I would like to thank my mentors Cyril Soler and G104hck for the amazing support and constant feedback on the project. The weekly meetings with Cyril for the progress of the project have helped a lot to track the shortcomings and gain knowledge on writing good quality code. Also, the community members especially @defnax and @rottencandy have helped a lot with their continuous inputs.

I hope I can continue this journey in the coming months and can see this project being deployed with all its features and the user friendly UI.

Update: Completing the Retroshare Web Interface – GSoC’22(First Phase)

Repository/Pull Requests


The Retroshare Web Interface is being developed as a part of the Google Summer of Code Program. Weekly Meetings with Mentor Cyril Soler and community involvement have led to steady progress of this project. Primary focus is to provide as many features as in the Retroshare QT interface.

Initial Weeks:

  • Solved some of the previous existing issues with Mail Tab.
  • Got familiar with the workflow and setup.
  • It took me some time to be familiar with MITHRIL JS framework for frontend due to limited documentation.

Here are some key developments done in the Web Interface:

  • Channel Tab: Navigation for My, Subscribed, Popular channels and Other Channels. Search for any channel is also provided.
Channel Tab

This is Channel View: Here you can view all channel details and the posts and add posts.

Subscribe and Search facility is also provided.

Channel View
Add Post with Files.

This is Post View:

View/Download all the files. Add/View comments and their replies with all details.

You can upvote/downvote and reply to any comment. The replies are also displayed in a staircase manner.

Post View
Add Reply/Comment

Forum Tab(Under Progress)

Navigation for Subscribed, Popular and My forums is provided along with Search forums Option.

Forum View: View all the details about the forum. Add New Thread and view all the threads.

Subscribe Option is also provided.

Forum View

Thread View (under Progress)

Here you can view all the threads and the replies.

Further work (to be done) : Add thread/reply. Mark read/unread facility.

Thread View

Due to the structured, clean code and similar facility the Boards Tab is also being developed by the community member @Defnax based on Channels Tab.

Work to be Done

The second phase of GSOC’22 will see the following developments:

  • The Forums Tab will be developed primarily in the next phase of the Program.
  • After Forums, Files Tab will be fixed and some functionalities will be added.
  • If time permits, focus on Configuration Tab will be necessary to provide facility to change config options from the web interface itself.

Concluding Thoughts:

The mentors and I feel the progress for this project has been steady. The first phase of GSOC’22 has been fruitful and has led me to learn many new things and technologies which I would have never explored on my own. There were obstacles and difficulties in the start but slowly with constant communication and availability of my mentor and the community, the development is now stable.

Thank You!

Completing the Retroshare Web Interface – GSOC’22


The Web interface for Retroshare Application is under process. Many features are functional but there is still a lot of work to do and fix. This GSOC project aims at developing the web interface to a certain extent and include as many missing features as there are in the Retroshare QT interface.

About Me

Hello Everyone,

I am Sukhamjot Singh, a 4th-year undergraduate in Computer Science at International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore. I love 2 things – Table Tennis and Open Source development. The fact that my contribution, however small or big, will be a part of something huge and useful, motivates me to work further.

Project – Goals and Deliverables

Homepage of Web Interface.

The Web interface for Retroshare is made using MithrilJS ( a lightweight Javascript framework ) and the backend is mainly supported through the use of Retroshare QT interface and JSON API that is already available. Frontend design will be consistent with the already present features.

Major deliverables: The major deliverables will be in form of tabs which mainly include:

  • Files
    • File Manager
    • Uploads
    • Search
  • Forums
    • Navigation Bar for different categories of forum.
    • Displaying forums info
    • Search
  • Channels
    • The layout is same as forums.
    • Display posts, files, info of the channel
  • Configuration
    • This tab helps to configure Retroshare App
    • Config options for Network, People, Mail, Files etc.
    • This needs further discussion with the mentors.

Further objectives also include solving some of the issues in the features that are already present. Working on existing Github issues is also a priority.

Community Bonding period – First two weeks.

In this period, I have familiarized myself with the mentors ( Cyril Soler and Gio ) and discussed the goals and objectives of the project. I have started developing the Channels and Forums tab and have completed the basic layout. All of this work is done in a separate branch on my fork of the repository.

Ongoing Pull Request :

My fork :

The updates about the development are regularly provided on Github and to the mentors. There are also weekly meetings being scheduled to report the progress of the project with the mentors. I will also post more blogs for further developments.

The process of contributing and getting selected for Google Summer of Code’22 has been thrilling and I wish to have an exciting summer with Freifunk – Retroshare and my mentors.