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CryptPad

CryptPad is a collaborative office suite that is end-to-end encrypted and open-source.

  • Self-Hosted
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
Avg rating of 4.5 (14)| 15 comments

CryptPad Screenshots

Instance homepage
Markdown slides app
Code/Markdown app
Whiteboard app
Presentation app (early access only)
Kanban app
Spreadsheet app
Document app (early access only)
Rich Text app
Form app
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CryptPad Features

  1.  End-to-End EncryptionCryptPad has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
  2.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in CryptPad simultaneously.
  3.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in CryptPad without registration.
  4.  Privacy focusedCryptPad is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
  5.  Kanban BoardCryptPad allows you to organize your workflow by moving cards with drag-and-drop functionality between multiple columns.
  6.  WYSIWYG HTML EditorCryptPad allows you to make and preview changes to an application or website in real time, without needing to know code.
  7.  No TrackingCryptPad will not track you or use your personal data.
  8.  WYSIWYG SupportCryptPad integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
  9.  Support for MarkDownCryptPad supports MarkDown for document formatting.

CryptPad information

  • Developed byXWiki Labs
  • LicensingOpen Source (AGPL-3.0) and Freemium product.
  • PricingSubscription that costs between $5 and $15.
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  • RatingAverage rating of 4.5 (14 ratings)
  • Alternatives59 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Catalan; Valencian
  • Czech
  • German
  • Greek
  • Spanish
  • Basque
  • Italian
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Ukrainian
  • Portuguese
  • Polish
  • Norwegian Bokmål

GitHub repository

  •  4,180 Stars
  •  468 Forks
  •  140 Open Issues
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TerrifiedTyphlosion
  
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I'm quite impressed with the team behind Cryptpad. They've created a secure and relatively easy to use collaboration hub, in the same vein as Google Docs and the rest of their suite. In this review I'll be focusing more on the performance of CryptPad versus its privacy, which, if you are so inclined, can read more about on its website.

CryptPad offers a rich text pad, a markdown code pad, a markdown presentation, a poll or schedule, a kanban (a tool to keep track of your tasks), and a shared whiteboard. The only thing that's missing, and that I would like to see implemented, is a spreadsheet pad. [EDIT, May 09] It has been added by implementing OnlyOffice, and is currently in beta. Also, from the existing options, it appears CryptPad is most useful to software developers working together, or those literate in coding and/or markdown. Don't worry if you're not one of these people, though! CryptPad still works well for the average Joe.

The interface for your files looks a tad barren, but is extremely simple to use. Maybe that's what file explorers should be in the first place. The interface for the pads you create, on the other hand, may look daunting at first, but after you fiddle around, you will see that it has just the right amount of features for collaborators. There's quite a few pop-ups if you're just starting out, but those are just there to tell you more about how CryptPad works.

Since I don't have friends (...who are as privacy-oriented as I am and therefore are not willing to try out new software when "Google Docs already exists"... I'm not a loner, I swear), I used two browsers and a tablet to create my own session for Cryptpad to test how well the collaboration aspects work. On Vivaldi, CryptPad was a little buggy when attempting to send messages to my other devices, but it worked after a while; this could be a Vivaldi- or Chromium-specific bug. On Waterfox and Falkon, CryptPad worked without a hitch. The pad updates at a reasonably fast rate when editing your work, changing your name, or messaging the other collaborators. I did have trouble, however, distinguishing which I-bar and highlights belonged to whom: the colours were too similar. However, that might have been just bad luck with the random assignment of colouring to each collaborator. More testing will be needed to confirm.

If you want to share your work with others, you send them the link of the page, accessible via the "Share" button. You can choose whether you want the person receiving the link to have editing rights, or just viewing rights. The others don't need an account to edit using the editing link. They will simply appear as "anonymous", but can still change their name.

As implied just now, you can easily test out CryptPad without creating an account. If you like what you see, then make an account to save your work or get started with a clean slate. More information here: https://blog.cryptpad.fr/2017/05/17/You-gotta-log-in/ (alternate: https://archive.fo/vTO5o )

I should also mention that because CryptPad has a small team, they are offering only 50MB of storage for free. It's a modest amount, but that is because this software is still growing. If you want more, you can upgrade your storage and support the developers. At a time where privacy is under fire, those who value their privacy should rally behind any promising efforts to uphold our right to be forgotten.

On a related note, despite their small team, CryptPad's team is confident that this software can be used reliably in an enterprise setting. Best to check their website for that, if you're interested.

Despite the little drawbacks I ran into, I give this 5 stars because I truly think CryptPad has potential to be a serious competitor to other online collaboration suites; it just needs more time to grow.

Make sure to read the FAQ; lots of good information is there: https://sandbox.cryptpad.info/faq.html

[Edited by TerrifiedTyphlosion, May 09]

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louismaes
  
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Stunning interface. Enjoying it every time!

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mthld
  
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It's the only open-source, end-to-end encrypted and zero-knowledge design collaborative suite.

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Synesius
  
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Great platform for those privacy-oriented. It's hard to not see a clear value-add after exploring its various features (various documents, surveys, collaboration features, easy-to-navigate directory structure, plenty of templates, etc.) The only issues are that a) the polls/surveys aren't visible if you are not logged in (quite a blunder, IMO, as you can't always be logged in), and b) the marketing team of that company seems to be on a permanent vacation as very few people know about this platform. I only learned about it from a friend of mine who uses it to collaborate with his friends on various logistics matters. Otherwise, I'd probably never hear about it, even though I live in the same continent as the company that made this + I'm always on the lookout for similar software. Hopefully, this is going to change as more people become aware of privacy matters and explore great platforms like this one.

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Douze
  
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CryptPad is both secure AND easy to use. No registration required which makes note-taking on the fly som uch easier. What's not to love about that ? Privacy isn't limited to tech savvy people anymore !

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I want to use CryptPad, but looks like it’s meant for techies. I can’t figure out how to install it.

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Synesius

You cannot install it; it's online, like Google Docs. Just play around with it and if you find it useful, consider getting an account (even the free account is worthwhile, IMO).

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MartinVonReichenberg
  
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A great privacy-focused alternative to Google Docs and OneDrive.

It has built-in text editor and spreadsheet with real time editing and collaboration.

They offer 1GB of free storage, however, saving other files than documents is not possible.

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Tags

  • Encryption
  • Note-taking
  • Office Suite
  • Encrypted
  • Code Editor
  • Text Editor
  • Word Processor
  • Writing tool
  • collaboration
  • Spreadsheet
  • Calendar
  • poll
  • Appointments
  • File Encryption

CryptPad platform details

Self-Hosted

Debian GNU/Linux is only supported

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