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How to setup your personal online editor with the Etherpad InstantApps

How to setup your personal Etherpad

This tutorial shows you how to spawn an Etherpad application with a few clicks.


Etherpad is a highly customizable Open Source online editor providing collaborative editing in really real-time.

Before starting, click the “Create Server” button in the control panel.

Control Panel

Step 1 - Deploy Etherpad

You will land on the server-creation page where you must input basic information for your server:

  • The name of your server
  • The tag you want to assign to it (Optional). Tags let you organize your servers, you can assign any tag to each server.

Create server basic information

After inputting your server basic information, you have to choose a starting application for your server.
On the Applications tab, select Etherpad. The server will be created with a ready to use Etherpad application.

Click the “Create Server” button. This action starts your server. In a few seconds, the Etherpad application will be ready to use.

Step 2 - Use Etherpad

When your server is running, you can see the server’s IP address in the server list on the control panel. To access your Etherpad, go to http://YOUR_SERVERS_IP:9001/ (for example: Enter this address in your favorite browser and you will land on the the Etherpad start page:

Etherpad start

Enter the desired name for your new file and press Enter. You will be redirected to the Etherpad editor:

Etherpad editor

You can edit the file as you like and share it with others by passing the link to your file: http://YOUR_SERVER_IP:9001/p/YOUR_FILE(for example:

Your file will be automatically saved and is stored in your personal cloud server.

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