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


146 points | by qrv3w 275 days ago


  • kickscondor 274 days ago
    • SiVal 274 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 274 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 274 days ago

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

          • brennebeck 274 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 274 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 274 days ago
          • StavrosK 274 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 274 days ago

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

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

            • kodablah 274 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.

            • inherentFloyd 274 days ago


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

              • qrv3w 274 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 274 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 274 days ago


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

                  • wuschel 271 days ago

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


                  • jktzes 274 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!

                  • sh87 264 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:

                    • miguelmichelson 274 days ago

                      This editor is kickass:

                      And this is a medium self hosted with dante2:

                      • krsoninikhil 274 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 274 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 274 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-62 274 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 274 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.

                            • ChristianBundy 274 days ago

                              Was this inspired by Looks awfully similar.

                            • qrv3w 273 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.

                              • Conlectus 274 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 274 days ago

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

                                  • gramstrong 274 days ago

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

                                    • anacleto 274 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 274 days ago

                                        How is this different from something like C2?

                                        • vinc 274 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 274 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 274 days ago

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

                                              Yeah this new service is definitely a wiki.

                                        • chrisweekly 274 days ago

                                          This is freaking awesome.

                                          • mdt711 265 days ago

                                            Nice thing, but pretty slow.

                                            • xte 274 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.