EtherPad: web-based collaborative editor

June 6th, 2010 by lucas

I recently (during a UDS lightning talk) discovered EtherPad. It’s a collaborative editor (like gobby), but uses a browser instead of a standalone application. It’s free software (Google open sourced it after buying the company that was developing it), and there’s a free online instance at Setting up a new pad is as simple as going to and clicking Create Pad. It’s written in Java, and not packaged in Debian (yet).

5 Responses to “EtherPad: web-based collaborative editor”

  1. Ana wrote on 06/6/10 at 1:52 pm :

    I would rather recommend TitanPad:

    That has been running for more than 2 months now for a Debian Developer (mika) and others with a friendly TOS:

  2. shermann wrote on 06/6/10 at 2:06 pm :


    etherpad sourcecode needs a lot of work to be really in a state of declaring it “stable” and ready for packaging.

    Nevertheless, it is a good alternative to gobby



  3. Matt wrote on 06/6/10 at 3:37 pm :

    I would also recomend

    Hosted and administered by the Swedish pirateparty (Piratpartiet).

  4. Alan Pope wrote on 06/8/10 at 1:17 am :

    I’d personally avoid ietherpad for the simple reason that they have a demented bot on twitter that retweets anyone who mentions the word ‘etherpad’ with spam saying their etherpad instance is better.

  5. Fabian Rodriguez wrote on 06/8/10 at 1:58 am :

    I filed a request for packaging, you can follow its progress/help here: