Open source

Open source

Friend is available as open source for everybody to try out, extend and built fantastic applications on.
Friend is a free and open source web based technology that provides interfaces which unify APIs and protocols. It abstracts technologies by applying a powerful OS template – decreasing the logical and behavioural differences between each application and system. This allows seamless intercommunication between the apps and their technology, making it possible to create powerful new applications on top.
Version 1.1 is the second major release of the Friend Unifying Platform. It introduces a complete vision for the next paradigm in computing. FriendUP comes with a powerful kernel-like web server that supports multiple protocols and data sources, next to resource- and user session management. This offers JavaScript developers a fresh backendless environment in which to accelerate their development of exciting new applications and games. It allows them to maintain one single codebase for each target platform, be it tablet, smartphone or PC.

Across devices

With its responsive desktop environment and client-side, javascript based technologies, FriendUP offers a new reality where you work and play online, independently from your local web enabled hardware. By supporting all screen formats, from mobile phones to laptops and VR, FriendUP is a single target through which you can reach the entire user market.

We have used considerable amount of time on making the FriendUP APIs simple and easy to understand. The entire set of APIs are documented in three separate volumes covering everything from GUI, shell scripting and server interactions.

Distributed and powerful

FriendUP aims to make the powerful emerging web technologies easy to work with. This is why we reach out to you, to help us enrich this platform with DOS drivers, modules, libraries and apps so that we can cover all of the interesting technologies out there that people use and love. In the Future, FriendUP will be to the cloud users what Linux is for machines.

Getting started

Just clone this repository, run the script and follow the on screen instructions. This script should run on most modern linux distributions. Post to the Developers' Community if you run into any problems here. Alternatively, visit our Github repository and register any issue.

git clone
cd friendup/


FriendUP is a large system consisting of several layers. It has a kernel core that is managing the Friend resources. This one is licensed under the MIT license. Then it has modules, DOS drivers and runtime linked libraries. These are licensed under the LGPLv3 license. Finally, we have the GUI for Friend - the Friend Workspace. This is licensed under the AGPLv3 license.

Demo server

For those that just want to test the Friend Workspace, you can try our demo.

You can populate the Workspace with more apps, games and demonstrations in the Software Catalog.