Feature #16846

Include magic wormhole

Added by mjcj about 2 months ago. Updated about 1 month ago.

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Include magic wormhole with the OS.
It is already available as an install package with most Linux distributions. It is a handy way to get files or information from one computer to another.

"Get things from one computer to another, safely.
This package provides a library and a command-line tool named wormhole, which makes it possible to get arbitrary-sized files and directories (or short pieces of text) from one computer to another. The two endpoints are identified by using identical "wormhole codes": in general, the sending machine generates and displays the code, which must then be typed into the receiving machine.
The codes are short and human-pronounceable, using a phonetically-distinct wordlist. The receiving side offers tab-completion on the codewords, so usually only a few characters must be typed. Wormhole codes are single-use and do not need to be memorized."

More detailed docs on the project are available here:


#1 Updated by sajolida about 1 month ago

  • Assignee set to mjcj
  • Type of work changed from Debian to Code

Hi @mjcj, I don't remember seeing you name on Redmine already, so welcome and thanks for the proposal!

Right now we already have Onion Share in Tails, see

From what I read about Magic Wormhole (I never used it myself), it seems to fulfill the same user goals as Onion Share:

As a user I want to send a file to someone else in a secure way and I already have another secure communication channel to exchange a secret address.

What user problems would Magic Wormhole solves that Onion Share is not solving? For example, is it possible for the receiving end to download the file even after the sending end went offline?

Also, Magic Wormhole is currently only a command line tool. When choosing priorities for the best interests of our users, we always favor tools that have a user interface over command line tools.

Since I see that Magic Wormhole is already in Debian, more tech-savvy people can already install it using the Additional Software feature:

Did you try Magic Wormhole in Tails already? Does it work?

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