Show HN: Rwtxt – a space for reading and writing text


146 points | by qrv3w 186 days ago


  • kickscondor 185 days ago
    • SiVal 185 days ago

      Yes, but on first glance (without a lot of digging) at the links here, only Pastery seems to be open source ( says it will be...someday), and Pastery (as nice as it is--thanks for that link) is for a different purpose (exchange of code snippets).

      Rwtxt looks like a nice, simple, markdown-based, easily self-hostable, open-source, personal notes wiki. Nice work! If there are others that more or less match this description (self-hosted, open-source, private notes repository), I'd be interested.

      • Prefinem 185 days ago

        Shameless plug, I made one that uses an AWS Lambda and S3 and encrypts everything before it gets sent over the wire. You can view a live version of it here ( or view the source here (

        EDIT: grammar hurts

        • SiVal 185 days ago

          "Shameless"? So you shamelessly help me, and I'll shamelessly thank you. (It looks interesting, too.)

          • brennebeck 185 days ago

            Agreed. I think this ‘shameless’ before posting a project of yours that answers or is related to the question/topic at hand is... wrong? People shouldn’t feel shame plugging their work and so, it would follow, ‘shameless’ is unnecessary.

            Edit: Not to attack the poster. The poster is following societal convention, basically.

            • Prefinem 185 days ago

              Thanks. It's been through a few revisions and really needs to be reworked for mobile. If you have any input, I would be more than willing to hear it.

        • l9k 185 days ago
          • StavrosK 185 days ago

            I'm pretty biased but I super love Pastery, the editor plug-ins and single-keystroke publishing have changed the frequency with which I share code/text from "never" to "all the time". Plug-ins are great, is what I'm saying. And so is Pastery.

          • haylem 185 days ago

            Hmm, so... You've rediscovered the roots of the wikiwikiweb ( ?

            Nice. Wish more of the web was still like this, really...

            • kodablah 185 days ago

              Nice! I like these small self-contained Go projects with their own web server (thinking about adding a Tor front and changing go-sqlite3 to an encrypted version for easy, safe at-home use). Easy, self-hosted websites is how the true decentralized web will come about (at least while we wait for the tech to share resources catches up).

              If I could make one request, refactor the code a bit so that I could import it as a lib and use it on my own configured Go HTTP server. All that code in the main package is not very reusable if, say, I wanted to serve this as a net/http.Handler in a separate path.

            • sh87 175 days ago

              Been using this for a week and its intensely useful. I personally use this for tracking interesting posts / comments I come across HN. Market research on some major up coming purchases. And sharing notes with my sibling helping out with reviewing assignments. This has now become my goto choice over google docs for non-sensitive information. (Do not mean to imply I trust google docs with sensitive information).

              It works beautifully on all of my screens (phone and laptop) syncs across all of my devices (I actually like refreshing the page manually. Don't ask why.) And the gorgeous text only interface is just too tempting to write.

              I am personally promoting this within my circles.

              THANK YOU !!!

              Here's the above text on rwtxt:

              • inherentFloyd 185 days ago


                I love that feeling when something collaborative is brand new and everyone is testing the waters.

                • qrv3w 185 days ago

                  My intention was that public should not be indexable/searchable. I fixed this.

                  However, if you really want private stuff, use a domain. Someone could still guess the URL of stuff on the public domain.

                • disqard 185 days ago

                  This is beautiful. Thank you for making and sharing!

                  My own setup is a NextCloud-storage directory hierarchy where I write notes using MDWiki [1]. This lets me continue recording my thoughts even when I'm offline.


                  • qrv3w 185 days ago


                    I appreciate you sharing your solution too - its very clever!

                    • wuschel 182 days ago

                      Really nice. Thank you for publishing it. I need to look into it more thoroughly! :)


                    • jktzes 185 days ago

                      I was wondering how to save text without sign-up and then realized that the url slug generated from the first line is the "login". Although no password implies no authentication. I can't help smiling seeing the slug becomes a unique id when I put "test" at the first line. I smiled even wider when I visited the "test" page. This is some interesting shit!

                      • qrv3w 185 days ago

                        Thanks :)

                      • miguelmichelson 185 days ago

                        This editor is kickass:

                        And this is a medium self hosted with dante2:

                        • krsoninikhil 185 days ago

                          This is great, I wanted to able to edit hastebin/pastebin without login and it solves this exact problem. Since the link is not that easily guessable, content integrity should not be a problem.

                          • qrv3w 185 days ago

                            Thanks. If you really want to keep things to yourself you can log into a domain - anything you do in a domain is not public, by default (though you can toggle this).

                          • ScarZy 185 days ago

                            This is pretty awesome! Nice and clean, and a simple responsive WebUI.

                            I was thinking about doing something similar to this recently, but with different names:

                            Captain's Log and Captains Blog

                            You'd toggle Captain's Blog, which would forward it on to a configured static page generator and display it for you.

                            • 52-6F-62 185 days ago

                              How many languages have syntax highlighting?

                              I noticed Javascript and Python do, but I wasn't getting anything for others.

                              It works great, but watch out for those public pages. It's wide open to spam presently.

                              It's nice and no frills, though.

                              • qrv3w 185 days ago

                                Right now I think just Javascript, Python and Go. I'm using prism.js for highlighting and I haven't figured out a smart way to deliver the CSS without bundling all of them.

                                In the future I'd just like to replace it with server-side highlighting.

                              • qrv3w 184 days ago

                                I don't know if you'll ever see this, but whoever is writing the haikus on rwtxt, you are amazing! I absolutely love them.

                                • ChristianBundy 185 days ago

                                  Was this inspired by Looks awfully similar.

                                • Conlectus 185 days ago

                                  This reminds me a lot of The difference seems to be that this allows anyone to edit a post (in the public domain).

                                  • detcader 185 days ago

                                    I've been missing this sort of thing since the maintainer of shut it down...

                                    • gramstrong 185 days ago

                                      This is really cool! I am definitely going to mess around with this later.

                                      • anacleto 185 days ago

                                        Like the idea. Just about 1-day and 3hours late.

                                        I've reworked my website/blog (vuejs) completely using a similar minimalistic approach.


                                        • KirinDave 185 days ago

                                          How is this different from something like C2?

                                          • vinc 185 days ago

                                            Have you been to C2 recently? It's now a web app that load only if you have JavaScript activated. Pretty sad.

                                            At least this one works well on text browsers, and pages load fast without the need for a spinner.

                                            • KirinDave 185 days ago

                                              I was an actual admin for C2 once. I'm talking about the original software design.

                                              Yeah, it's archived now. But it's essentially the same software but doesn't... even credit the concept of wikis in any way? It seems quite bad to not credit wikis in any way here.

                                              • vinc 185 days ago

                                                Oh, you were an admin of C2? That's cool!

                                                Yeah this new service is definitely a wiki.

                                          • chrisweekly 185 days ago

                                            This is freaking awesome.

                                            • mdt711 176 days ago

                                              Nice thing, but pretty slow.

                                              • xte 185 days ago

                                                Hey I'm a HUMAN, not a cow to be milked by someone.

                                                I do write text, our information is mostly textual. But I need it manageable, organize with file taxonomy, structure taxonomy and full-text/fuzzy search. Something like org-mode. Something that I can post on the web if I like, but certainly not such a limited notebook.

                                                Sorry, IMVHO many create applications just to write them, not to really use them nor to reason about a task they want to solve/automatize efficiently.