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Etherpad App

Installing plugins

To install plugins or change the configuration, visit the admin interface at /admin.

A complete list of available plugins is available here.

Admin user

The first user to login in will be an admin. Additional admins can be added by adding their username to the ep_cloudron.admins array in the /app/data/settings.json

  "ep_cloudron": {
    "admins": [

The app has to be restarted after editing /app/data/settings.json and all users have to re-login to change their role

Custom settings

Use a Web terminal and add any custom settings to /app/data/settings.json.

The app has to be restarted after editing /app/data/settings.json

Make Documents Public

By default the app will always require login with a valid user. To allow any visitor to create and edit documents, add the following to /app/data/settings.json:

  "requireAuthentication": false,

Customizing CSS

This feature was removed, but there are a few skin variants available, like the dark mode mentioned below. See the etherpad docs for more information.

Dark mode

The app ships with the colibris theme/skin. This skin supports a dark mode through the skinVariants. To enable that, edit /app/data/settings.json:

  "skinVariants": "super-dark-toolbar super-dark-editor dark-background",

API Access

The Etherpad API can be accessed by obtaining the APIKEY. For this, open a Web terminal and view the contents of the file /app/data/APIKEY.txt.

Example usage:

curl https://etherpad.domain/api/1.2.7/listAllPads?apikey=c5513793f24a6fbba161e4497b26c734ff5b2701fad0f1211097ccb405ea65c7


If the app does not start, especially after an update, usually this is related to incompatible plugins. To fix this situation, put the app in recovery mode and open a Web terminal. Get a list of installed plugins:

npm ls 2> /dev/null | grep ep_

The two plugins ep_cloudron and ep_etherpad-lite are required, any other plugin might cause the issue. Uninstall other plugins one by one with:

npm rm <pluginname>

Then see if the app can start up again by running /app/pkg/ If the app starts up and is accessible normally, disable recovery mode again, otherwise try the next one.

Plugins which did not cause the problem can be reinstalled again with:

npm i <pluginname>