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### This project is looking for a new project lead. If you wish to help steer Etherpad forward please email contact@etherpad.org
# A really-real time collaborative word processor for the web
![alt text](https://i.imgur.com/zYrGkg3.gif "Etherpad in action on PrimaryPad")
![Demo Etherpad Animated Jif](https://i.imgur.com/zYrGkg3.gif "Etherpad in action on PrimaryPad")
# About
Etherpad is a really-real time collaborative editor maintained by the Etherpad Community.
Etherpad is written in JavaScript (99.9%) on both the server and client so it's easy for developers to maintain and add new features. Because of this Etherpad has tons of customizations that you can leverage.
Etherpad is a really-real time collaborative editor scalable to thousands of simultanious real time users. Unlike all other collaborative tools Etherpad provides full fidelity data export and portability making it fully GDPR compliant. **Visit [beta.etherpad.org](http://beta.etherpad.org) to try it out.**
Etherpad is designed to be easily embeddable and provides a [HTTP API](https://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite/wiki/HTTP-API)
that allows your web application to manage pads, users and groups. It is recommended to use the [available client implementations](https://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite/wiki/HTTP-API-client-libraries) in order to interact with this API.
# Installation
There is also a [jQuery plugin](https://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite-jquery-plugin) that helps you to embed Pads into your website.
## Uber-Quick Ubuntu
```
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_9.x | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
git clone git://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite.git && cd etherpad-lite && bin/run.sh
```
There's also a full-featured plugin framework, allowing you to easily add your own features. By default your Etherpad is rather sparse and because Etherpad takes a lot of its inspiration from WordPress, plugins are really easy to install and update. Once you have Etherpad installed you should visit the plugin page and take control.
## GNU/Linux and other UNIX-like systems
You'll need gzip, git, curl, libssl develop libraries, python and gcc.
- *For Debian/Ubuntu*: `apt install gzip git curl python libssl-dev pkg-config build-essential`
- *For Fedora/CentOS*: `yum install gzip git curl python openssl-devel && yum groupinstall "Development Tools"`
- *For FreeBSD*: `portinstall node, npm, curl, git (optional)`
Finally, Etherpad comes with translations into most languages! Users are automatically delivered the correct language for their local settings.
Additionally, you'll need [node.js](https://nodejs.org) installed, Ideally the latest stable version, we recommend installing/compiling nodejs from source (avoiding apt).
**As any user (we recommend creating a separate user called etherpad):**
**Visit [beta.etherpad.org](http://beta.etherpad.org) to test it live.**
1. Move to a folder where you want to install Etherpad. Clone the git repository `git clone git://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite.git`
2. Change into the new directory containing the cloned source code `cd etherpad-lite`
Also, check out the **[FAQ](https://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite/wiki/FAQ)**, really!
Now, run `bin/run.sh` and open <http://127.0.0.1:9001> in your browser.
# Installation
Update to the latest version with `git pull origin`. The next start with bin/run.sh will update the dependencies.
Etherpad works with node v0.10+ (except 6.0 and 6.1).
[Next steps](#next-steps).
## Windows
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2. Edit the db `filename` in `settings.json` to the relative directory with the file (e.g. `application/lib/etherpad-lite/var/dirty.db`)
3. Add auto-generated files to the main project `.gitignore`
[Next steps](#next-steps).
## GNU/Linux and other UNIX-like systems
You'll need gzip, git, curl, libssl develop libraries, python and gcc.
- *For Debian/Ubuntu*: `apt install gzip git curl python libssl-dev pkg-config build-essential`
- *For Fedora/CentOS*: `yum install gzip git curl python openssl-devel && yum groupinstall "Development Tools"`
- *For FreeBSD*: `portinstall node, npm, curl, git (optional)`
Additionally, you'll need [node.js](https://nodejs.org) installed, Ideally the latest stable version, we recommend installing/compiling nodejs from source (avoiding apt).
**As any user (we recommend creating a separate user called etherpad):**
1. Move to a folder where you want to install Etherpad. Clone the git repository `git clone git://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite.git`
2. Change into the new directory containing the cloned source code `cd etherpad-lite`
Now, run `bin/run.sh` and open <http://127.0.0.1:9001> in your browser.
Update to the latest version with `git pull origin`. The next start with bin/run.sh will update the dependencies.
You like it? [Next steps](#next-steps).
# Next Steps
## Tweak the settings
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Etherpad is very customizable through plugins. Instructions for installing themes and plugins can be found in [the plugin wiki article](https://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite/wiki/Available-Plugins).
## Helpful resources
The [wiki](https://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite/wiki) is your one-stop resource for Tutorials and How-to's, really check it out! Also, feel free to improve these wiki pages.
The [wiki](https://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite/wiki) is your one-stop resource for Tutorials and How-to's.
Documentation can be found in `doc/`.
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If you want to find out how Etherpad's `Easysync` works (the library that makes it really realtime), start with this [PDF](https://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite/raw/master/doc/easysync/easysync-full-description.pdf) (complex, but worth reading).
## Getting started
## Contributing
You know all this and just want to know how you can help?
Look at the [TODO list](https://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite/wiki/TODO) and our [Issue tracker](https://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite/issues). (Please consider using [jshint](http://www.jshint.com/about/), if you plan to contribute code.)
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Also, and most importantly, read our [**Developer Guidelines**](https://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md), really!
# Get in touch
Join the [mailinglist](https://groups.google.com/group/etherpad-lite-dev) and make some noise on our busy freenode irc channel [#etherpad-lite-dev](https://webchat.freenode.net?channels=#etherpad-lite-dev)!
[mailinglist](https://groups.google.com/group/etherpad-lite-dev)
[#etherpad-lite-dev freenode IRC](https://webchat.freenode.net?channels=#etherpad-lite-dev)!
# Modules created for this project
# Languages
Etherpad is written in JavaScript on both the server and client so it's easy for developers to maintain and add new features.
* [ueberDB](https://github.com/Pita/ueberDB) "transforms every database into a object key value store" - manages all database access
* [channels](https://github.com/Pita/channels) "Event channels in node.js" - ensures that ueberDB operations are atomic and in series for each key
* [async-stacktrace](https://github.com/Pita/async-stacktrace) "Improves node.js stacktraces and makes it easier to handle errors"
# HTTP API
Etherpad is designed to be easily embeddable and provides a [HTTP API](https://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite/wiki/HTTP-API)
that allows your web application to manage pads, users and groups. It is recommended to use the [available client implementations](https://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite/wiki/HTTP-API-client-libraries) in order to interact with this API.
# jQuery plugin
There is also a [jQuery plugin](https://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite-jquery-plugin) that helps you to embed Pads into your website.
# Plugin Framework
Etherpad offers a plugin framework, allowing you to easily add your own features. By default your Etherpad is extremely light-weight and it's up to you to customize your experience. Once you have Etherpad installed you should visit the plugin page and take control.
# Translations / Localizations (i18n / l10n)
Etherpad comes with translations into all languages thanks to the team at TranslateWiki.
# FAQ
Visit the **[FAQ](https://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite/wiki/FAQ)**.
# Donate!
* [Flattr](https://flattr.com/thing/71378/Etherpad-Foundation)
* Paypal - Press the donate button on [etherpad.org](http://etherpad.org)
* [Bitcoin](https://coinbase.com/checkouts/1e572bf8a82e4663499f7f1f66c2d15a)
All donations go to the Etherpad foundation which is part of Software Freedom Conservency
# License
[Apache License v2](http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.html)
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