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Published by James Mason
Based on openSUSE 11.4 32-bit x86
Homepage at

Etherpad lite is a really-real time collaborative editor spawned from the Hell fire of Etherpad. We’re reusing the well tested Etherpad easysync library to make it really realtime. Etherpad Lite is based on node.js ergo is much lighter and more stable than the original Etherpad. Our hope is that this will encourage more users to use and install a realtime collaborative editor. A smaller, manageable and well documented codebase makes it easier for developers to improve the code and contribute towards the project.

Etherpad Lite is optimized to be easy embeddable. It provides a HTTP API that allows your web application to manage pads, users and groups. You can use this PHP Client to work with the API (If you don’t want to use PHP, feel free to create a client for your favourite web development language). There is also a jQuery plugin that helps you to embed Pads into your website.


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Downloads are no longer available for this appliance, as it is based on an OS version that we no longer support.

You can clone the appliance, then upgrade and build with a current OS version.

Release notes

etherpad-lite version 1.0 ( from )

Technical Details

Appliance configuration

Basic settings

Keyboard: english-us
Time zone: UTC
Language: en_US.UTF-8
Network: dhcp
Firewall: disabled


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Hi, after downloading the EC2 image, my zip-tools tells me “the archive is corrupt”. I tried it several times without a result. Could you please check the content?


James MasonJames Mason,

EC2 format is only suitable for deployment to’s EC2 service.

Joshua HardcastleJoshua Hardcastle,

I have downloaded the appliance and opened it up in virtualbox, booted up the VM, logged on as etherpad-lite, and am at the command prompt.

What do I do to start the server and access via my browser on another machine.

I am a complete newbie to this, and would welcome any help anyone can offer.


James MasonJames Mason,

The etherpad-lite service starts automatically, and the network is setup to use DHCP. Point your browser at the VM’s IP address and you will be greeted with the welcome page.

Sorry for the late response.

Connor DickieConnor Dickie,

This is very awesome! Works like a charm. Thank you!

Cornelius SchumacherCornelius Schumacher,

Wonderful. Works flawlessly on EC2. This is such a nice way to bring up an ad-hoc Etherpad instance just when you need it.

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