Magic Wormhole is a clever way to send files easily and securely


If you need to transfer a couple hundred megs to a coworker or friend across the country, you aren’t short on options. In fact, options are thick on the ground, and all have their own issues. Don’t you wish you could just speak a few magic words and send stuff directly to them, no intermediate upload, no web interface, no login? Magic Wormhole, created by developer Brian Warner, is a clever way to do just that.

Assuming both you and your friend are online and have the minimal software installed, the steps are super simple:

  • Invoke a wormhole via command line (no GUI just yet) with the file you want to send
  • Server (public or private) gives you a simple, speakable, one-time-use password like 8-horse-happy or vile-4-content
  • You tell your friend that password over phone, chat or…

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