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Pixelfed App


A free and ethical photo sharing platform, powered by ActivityPub federation.


To make a register user an admin, use the Web terminal and run the following command:

# sudo -E -u www-data php artisan user:admin username_here

Found username: girish

 Add admin privileges to this user? (yes/no) [no]:
 > yes

Successfully changed permissions!

Further administration commands like removing a user, removing unused media can be found in Pixelfed docs.

The admin page is located at


To test if federation works, search for a handle like or You should then be able to follow that handle. Note that you can only see posts that are made after you followed the handle. Existing posts will not appear in you stream.

If following doesn't work:

  • Login as an admin user on your Pixelfed instance
  • Check for job failures


Customizations can be made by editing /app/data/env.production using the File manager. See the Pixelfed docs on the various config options.

Don`t forget to restart the app after making any changes.

Admin Panel

When making changes via the admin panel, often the cache has to be cleared in addition to an app restart. To clear the cache, open a Web Terminal and run the following commands:

# sudo -E -u www-data php artisan cache:clear
# sudo -E -u www-data php artisan optimize:clear
# sudo -E -u www-data php artisan optimize