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Etherpad is a really-real time collaborative editor. With it, you can for instance collaboratively write down notes on a meeting while at the phone, or develop a document fixing each other's spelling errors as soon as they come out of the keyboard. Thanks to it, you'll finally be able to really write four hands, six hands, ... 2n hands. It's building on the original Etherpad code to make the editor really realtime: much lighter and more stable. It's free software, using the Apache License v2.

The Etherpad Foundation hosts a test site for everybody to try it. Don't rely on this service for medium- or long-term preservation of your pads/content.

Wikimedia Labs also hosts a test site. The main aim here would be to eventually integrate Etherpad with MediaWiki (with the EtherEditor extension), to benefit from both the four-hands features in Etherpad (without MediaWiki's edit conflicts) and the asynchronous/transparent collaboration of MediaWiki (with histories, logs etc.).

Source code and issues


  • User:Nike coordinates the localization on
  • Marcel/analphabet (User:Mklehr) is the developer contact. Questions about the translation can be asked on the talk page.
  • IRC channel: #etherpad-lite-dev @ freenode

Translations from are integrated into the software every week, and are usually live on the demo site within a day (it runs nightly code). Support for a language is enabled on a localisation level of 35 % or more.

Formatting and message syntax


Quick explanation on formatting: "You have {{n}} unread {[ plural(n) one: message, other: messages ]}". Forms you can use are zero, one, two, few, many, and other, according to the plural rules in CLDR for your language.

For more details, see for an example of how it works and for a thorough explanation.


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