Getting Started

Welcome to Urbit, a personal server. Urbit isn't ready for serious use yet, but it's available to try out. Follow this step-by-step guide to get an Azimuth point, install Urbit, and join the community.

Step 1: Using Bridge

In order to join the Urbit network, you need an Azimuth point, which acts like an identity and a password for your Urbit ship. Bridge is our client for managing Azimuth points. This guide tells you how to use Bridge to get your point's keyfile, which you need to boot your ship.

Step 2: Installing Urbit

The Urbit software is a command-line application that runs the Arvo operating system. This guide walks you through the installation process.

Step 3: Booting a Ship

This guide teaches you how to get your ship operational and onto the Arvo network.

Optional: Creating a Development Ship

If you want to develop software for Arvo, or if you just want to try the operating system without connecting to the network, this section is for you.

Terminology

You've already encountered some new terminology on this page, and you'll encounter more as you proceed with this guide. Let's go over the basics:

  • Arvo is the name of the Urbit operating system.
  • An instance of the Arvo operating system is called a ship.
  • Ships communicate with one another over "the Arvo network."
  • Azimuth is an Ethereum-based PKI used to give each ship a unique identity on the Arvo network.
  • An Azimuth identity is called a point. You'll need a point to use the Arvo network.
  • Urbit refers to the project as a whole, including Arvo, Azimuth, and other system components.