Show other authors, markdown editing and export, text alignment and more great new plugins..

Show Other Authors Caret Location

Like how Google Docs shows where other authors are on the document? Well Etherpad also has that functionality and it’s only a few clicks away!

Grab ep_cursortrace from your /admin/plugins page.

Markdown editing and export in Etherpad

Who doesn’t love Markdown? With ep_markdown you can use rich editing buttons and see rich edits and markdown together or toggle between markdown/up visibility. It’s really nice and a useful addition to Etherpad.

Grab ep_markdown from your /admin/plugins page.

Text Alignment

Left, Center, Right and Justify Text in your pad. Great when paired up with ep_page_view for a richer editing experience.

Grab ep_align from your /admin/plugins page.

Stop Writing

Stop Writing is a plugin for teachers and other pad owners to stop collaborators for writing, possibly to partake in a discussion or other announcement.

Grab ep_stop_writing from your /admin/plugins page.

Pad Stats

Pad Stats is a commercial plugin but still really cool.
Get stats such as Character Count, Word Count, Revision Count, Saved Revision count and various Author Statistics.

Release 1.2.91 – Moody Blues

Mostly a bugfix release but we also introduce some new support and features, from the changelog.

We’re starting to gear up for 1.3 now and we have introduced a voting system for features.

* NEW: Authors can now send custom object messages to other Authors making 3 way conversations possible. This introduces WebRTC plugin support. (see ep_video_chat)
* NEW: Hook for Chat Messages Allows for Desktop Notification support (see ep_desktop_notifications)
* NEW: Ctrl S for save revision makes the Icon glow for a few sconds.
* NEW: Various hooks and expose the document ACE object
* NEW: Plugin page revamp makes finding and installing plugins more sane.
* NEW: Icon to enable sticky chat from the Chat box
* Fix: Cookies inside of plugins
* Fix: Don’t leak event emitters when accessing admin/plugins
* Fix: Don’t allow user to send messages after they have been “kicked” from a pad
* Fix: Refactor Caret navigation with Arrow and Pageup/down keys stops cursor being lost
* Fix: Long lines in Firefox now wrap properly
* Fix: Session Disconnect limit is increased from 10 to 20 to support slower restarts
* Fix: Support Node 0.10
* Fix: Log HTTP on DEBUG log level
* Fix: Server wont crash on import fails on 0 file import.
* Fix: Import no longer fails consistantly
* Fix: Language support for non existing languages
* Fix: Mobile support for chat notifications are now usable
* Fix: Re-Enable Editbar buttons on reconnect
* Fix: Clearing authorship colors no longer disconnects all clients
* Other: New debug information for sessions

Some feature you want hasn’t been made yet? Get voting!

Target a line number, IRC in the editor and Table of Contents

Scroll to a specific line number

Ever wanted to share an exist location in a pad with a user? Well now it’s easy, just append ?lineNumber=10 (for example) on the end of your pad URL and you can share the line :)

Grab the plugin ep_scrollto


Replace the Etherpad Chat with IRC

Grab the plugin ep_irc

Table of contents

Automatically create a table of contents for your pad.

Grab the plugin ep_table_of_contents

A call for a security expert

Can you help us put together a team to deal with Etherpad Security policies and disclosure.

The teams scope will be to:

1. Create a Vulnerability disclosure policy.
2. Engage with security researchers and the wider community to discover security issues.
3. Encourage site admins to be aware of and patch security issues before disclosure.
4. Relay security issues to the developer team and promote action whilst maintaining discreetness.
5. Work with the testing team to write test specs to check for vulnerabilities.

If you are interested in getting involved drop us an email at

Original Vulnerability Disclosure and Discovery post

Releasing 1.2.9

Hey there,

we have recently received the results of a security audit performed by Mozilla and have since sought to close the biggest gaping loopholes.
The result of this effort is version 1.2.9 of Etherpad lite, which is probably the most secure version released so far. I’d also like to thank Sebastian Nerz for reporting a massive security issue last week.

Sadly, the latest patches have apparently caused some issues themselves that affect user experience and import functionality, so there’s still some work for us to do.Still, this shouldn’t hold you back from updating! For a complete list of changes see the changelog

Grab the latest version either via a simple `git pull` or via

happy padding!

Release: 1.2.8 Magic Dust Twinkle Twinkle

Today we’re proud to announce version 1.2.8 of the worlds favorite collaborative text editor.

TLDR; !IMPORTANT! Site admins have a minor action with this release.. Adding


to your settings.json will allow clients to automatically reconnect to Etherpad. Replace SOMETHING SECRET HERE with y’know, something secret.

What’s new?

  1. Begin implementing functionality required for scaling
  2. Allow plugins to provide frontend tests
  3. Improved logging
  4. Allow clients to reconnect to pads.
  5. Admin mobile UI
  6. New API endpoint (Get current API version)
  7. 15 fixes, 5 others.

Grab the latest Etherpad now

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