Self-Hosted Etherpad Alternatives

    There are many alternatives to Etherpad as a self-hosted solution if you are looking for a replacement. The best Self-Hosted alternative is CryptPad, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Etherpad and ten of them are available as a self-hosted solution so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Self-Hosted alternatives to Etherpad are EtherCalc (Free, Open Source), Foam (Free, Open Source), Twake (Freemium, Open Source) and Notea (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 16, 2021

    1. CryptPad is a private-by-design alternative to popular office tools and cloud services. All the content stored on CryptPad is encrypted before being sent, which means nobody can access your data unless you give them the keys.
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      CryptPad vs Etherpad opinions
      Almost everyone thinks CryptPad is a great alternative to Etherpad.
      It is more comfortable to use, allows to import documents into your own CP (if you register) and has more bells (it is close to what users expect from online collab. editors).
      Positive comment 4 months ago

    2. EtherCalc is a web spreadsheet. Your data is saved on the web, and people can edit the same document at the same time. Everybody's changes are instantly reflected on all screens. Work together on inventories, survey forms, list management, brainstorming sessions and more!

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Self-Hosted
      • Visual Studio Code
      Foam is a personal knowledge management and sharing system inspired by Roam Research, built on Visual Studio Code and GitHub. You can use Foam for organising your research, keeping re-discoverable notes, writing long-form content and, optionally, publishing it to the web.
    3. Twake is a real-time teamwork platform. It is a suite of collaborative tools that includes the specificities of some best-sellers (slack, trello, google drive,...).
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    4. Self-hosted note-taking app stored on S3. Notea is a privacy-first, open-source note-taking application. It supports Markdown syntax, sharing, responsive and more. Why you’ll love Notea Self-hosted

    5. - Create a pad. - Start at write your text - and invite your employees. - Each participant is distinguished by a color - and can chat with the group. - If necessary, restore an old version from history - and when your work is done, export it.
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      Framapad vs Etherpad opinions
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      HonestJohn Framapad is simply open source Etherpad hosted by Framasoft, that anyone can use for free and without login.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

    6. 📑 Collaborative document editing using Markdown. 📝 Focused writing: No distractions, only the formatting you need. 🙋 Work together: Share and collaborate with friends and colleagues, no matter if they use Nextcloud or not!
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Self-Hosted
      • Firebase
      An open source collaborative code and text editor. Share documents and see changes occur in real-time. It uses Firebase for real-time data synchronization
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      • Node.JS
      Hive.js is a real-time collaboration platform that is modular, scalable, integratable and extensible. It's a Node.js-based server with an accompanying web app that works in your browser.


      The developer announced discontinuation of development of hive.js until further notice on October 8th, 2016:

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    7. ownCloud Documents is collaborative editing of rich-text documents that lets up to 5 individuals collaborate to edit .odt or .doc files securely within the browser.
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