Welcome! In this article, we will go through Polynom's core fundamentals and get you onboard.
We'll cover just the basics:
Important topics we won't cover in this Quick Start Guide (but recommend you read up on in our Wiki):
Polynom uses cutting-edge post-quantum cryptography and thus requires reasonably up-to-date operating systems to function.
Currently, Polynom is Windows 10+ and Android 9+ only. iOS and other clients are coming soon.
WARNING: Our current Public Beta 1 (v0.12.14) client installer is less than ideal, and it may reboot your system without warning as it installs some dependencies. Please save your work and close all unnecessary applications before installing Polynom. Public Beta 2 will have a new and improved installer without these issues.
On very new Windows systems, S Mode may be on by default, preventing you from installing Polynom until you disable S Mode for the installation. If you encounter an S Mode error, please visit
Switching out of S Mode in Windows for instructions relevant to your version of Windows.
Go to https://polynom.app and download the client for your operating system.
After installing Polynom, double-click on the desktop icon to start the app. On the first run, you will be shown the Wizard where you can create your Graphatar (identity) and then join a server.
The public.polynom.app server is read-only and is for demonstration purposes. Polynom is meant to be self-hosted, so it may take some time before a lot of private servers become available for use.
To join a privately run server:
It is very important that you export your Graphatar and protect it with a strong password.
You've done it!