Marabunta (software)

Marabunta is a fully distributed software application for anonymous P2P. The main goal is the fight against internet and assuring the . It is a peer-to-peer platform for information exchange among nodes in an anonymous way based on several communication algorithms called “Order and Chaos” which can be found in massive social organizations such as .

The project was founded at the , , developed and promoted by students of computing engineering although development teams and users from many different places have shown interest, perhaps attracted by the ideological aims of the project. The software is available in and English, the website is also available in .

Marabunta uses the graphical , allowing it to be used on both Linux and . Released under the , Marabunta is .



Marabunta is an of the ideas explained in the “Free Nets project ”’” and it has been developed with these ideas in mind:

  • Avoiding : Communication between people avoiding central servers is allowed. So it is free from censure attacks, which are commonly launched from many governments and corporations that want to control the communications.
  • Anonymity: A degree of anonymous communication is made possible, such that information can be accessed without knowledge of its original source.
  • Motives and development: Marabunta is the first project of this kind developed in (first version released in 2005). Still, the software has potential use by people anywhere in the world, especially in countries with little or no .


There are many potential services that can be run on top of Marabunta. Text message interchange is the first service. It could be taken as a platform for distribution, where each in the net works as a host and as a .

  • As a host: messages are sent, active nodes are sought, etc.
  • As a server: text messages and requests to increase the connectivity between nodes are to the network using a forwarding method.

There are four message distribution lists, so receivers only receive messages sent to the list they are interested in: General, , , and .

Content filters are allowed so only messages with certain patterns are displayed. This is specially useful when searching for some specific information because Marabunta just selects potentially interesting messages.


All generated traffic uses the / . Avoiding setting up connections between nodes lets more traffic flow in the network and the operational redundancy of every node can be used. Moreover, the UDP protocol could be seen as increasing the anonymity in the net because there is no need to validate source hosts to receive a .

Port-forwarding on NATs

Marabunta does not support , so users behind have to establish a route to let the router know to which port and node of the internal net it should forward the arriving datagrams.


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