Shaarli documentation

Here you can find some info on how to use, configure, tweak and solve problems with your Shaarli.

For general info, read the README.

If you have any questions or ideas, please join the chat (also reachable via IRC), post them in our general discussion or read the current issues. If you've found a bug, please create a new issue.

If you would like a feature added to Shaarli, check the issues labeled feature, enhancement, and plugin.

Note: This documentation is available online at, and locally in the doc/html/ directory of your Shaarli installation.

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You can use this public demo instance of Shaarli. It runs the latest development version of Shaarli and is updated/reset daily.

Login: demo; Password: demo


Shaarli can be used:

  • to share, comment and save interesting links and news.
  • to bookmark useful/frequent personal links (as private links) and share them between computers.
  • as a minimal blog/microblog/writing platform (no character limit).
  • as a read-it-later list (for example items tagged readlater).
  • to draft and save articles/posts/ideas.
  • to keep code snippets.
  • to keep notes and documentation.
  • as a shared clipboard/notepad/pastebin between machines.
  • as a todo list.
  • to store playlists (e.g. with the music or video tags).
  • to keep extracts/comments from webpages that may disappear.
  • to keep track of ongoing discussions (for example items tagged discussion).
  • to feed RSS aggregators (planets) with specific tags.
  • to feed other social networks, blogs... using RSS feeds and external services (, ...).


  • minimalist design (simple is beautiful)
  • FAST
  • ATOM and RSS feeds
  • views:
    • paginated link list
    • tag cloud
    • picture wall: image and video thumbnails
    • daily: newspaper-like daily digest
    • daily RSS feed
  • permalinks for easy reference
  • links can be public or private
  • extensible through plugins
  • add a custom title and description to archived links
  • add tags to classify and search links
    • features tag autocompletion, renaming, merging and deletion
  • full-text and tag search

Easy setup

  • dead-simple installation: drop the files, open the page
  • links are stored in a file
    • compact storage
    • no database required
    • easy backup: simply copy the datastore file
  • import and export links as Netscape bookmarks


  • Firefox bookmarlet to share links in one click
  • support for mobile browsers
  • works with Javascript disabled
  • easy page customization through HTML/CSS/RainTPL


  • bruteforce-proof login form
  • protected against XSRF and session cookie hijacking


  • thumbnail generation for images and video services: dailymotion, flickr, imageshack, imgur, vimeo, xkcd, youtube...
    • lazy-loading with bLazy
  • PubSubHubbub protocol support
  • URL cleanup: automatic removal of ?utm_source=..., fb=...
  • discreet pop-up notification when a new release is available


Easily extensible by any client using the REST API exposed by Shaarli.

See the API documentation.

Using Shaarli as a blog, notepad, pastebin...

  • Go to your Shaarli setup and log in
  • Click the Add Link button
  • To share text only, do not enter any URL in the corresponding input field and click Add Link
  • Pick a title and enter your article, or note, in the description field; add a few tags; optionally check Private then click Save
  • VoilĂ ! Your article is now published (privately if you selected that option) and accessible using its permalink.


Shaarli community fork

This friendly fork is maintained by the Shaarli community at

This is a community fork of the original Shaarli project by SĂ©bastien Sauvage.

The original project is currently unmaintained, and the developer has informed us that he would have no time to work on Shaarli in the near future. The Shaarli community has carried on the work to provide many patches for bug fixes and enhancements in this repository, and will keep maintaining the project for the foreseeable future, while keeping Shaarli simple and efficient.


If you'd like to help, please: - have a look at the open issues and pull requests - feel free to report bugs (feedback is much appreciated) - suggest new features and improvements to both code and documentation - propose solutions to existing problems - submit pull requests :-)


Shaarli is Free Software. See COPYING for a detail of the contributors and licenses for each individual component.