How to Install Etherpad Lite on Ubuntu

Are you really hunting for web-based notepad to collaborate with your team?. Etherpad is a web-based open-supply file editor which makes it possible for you to collaborate on a file in actual-time. Using Etherpad, a bunch of users can edit a textual content record. This article explains about -“How to install Etherpad Lite on Ubuntu”.

To install Etherpad Lite on Ubuntu, it should require Node.js and NPM, To install Node.js and NPM read this article –

Install Node.js on Linux

To install supported Python libraries for Etherpad, use the following command –

$ sudo apt-get install gzip curl python libssl-dev pkg-config build-essential git

The sample output should be like this –

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
build-essential is already the newest version (12.1ubuntu2).
git is already the newest version (1:2.7.4-0ubuntu1).
gzip is already the newest version (1.6-4ubuntu1).
pkg-config is already the newest version (0.29.1-0ubuntu1).
pkg-config set to manually installed.
python is already the newest version (2.7.11-1).
python set to manually installed.
curl is already the newest version (7.47.0-1ubuntu2.2).
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
   libterm-readkey-perl linux-headers-4.4.0-31 linux-headers-4.4.0-31-generic
   linux-image-4.4.0-31-generic linux-image-extra-4.4.0-31-generic
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them.
The following additional packages will be installed:
   libssl-doc zlib1g-dev
The following NEW packages will be installed:
   libssl-dev libssl-doc zlib1g-dev
0 upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to remove and 26 not upgraded.
Need to get 2,590 kB of archives.
After this operation, 10.5 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
Get:1 xenial/main amd64 zlib1g-dev amd64 1:1.2.8.dfsg-2ubuntu4 [168 kB]
Get:2 xenial-updates/main amd64 libssl-dev amd64 1.0.2g-1ubuntu4.5 [1,344 kB]
Get:3 xenial-updates/main amd64 libssl-doc all 1.0.2g-1ubuntu4.5 [1,078 kB]

Etherpad Lite is hosted on Git. To access Etherpad git repository, use the following command –

$ git clone

The sample output should be like this –

Cloning into 'etherpad-lite'...
remote: Counting objects: 28782, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (10/10), done.
remote: Total 28782 (delta 4), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 28772
Receiving objects: 100% (28782/28782), 18.73 MiB | 1.88 MiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (20507/20507), done.
Checking connectivity... done.

To enter into the bin directory, use the following command –

$ cd etherpad-lite/bin

To install Etherpad Lite, use the following command –

/etherpad-lite/bin$ ./

To access Etherpad lite, use the following URL –


The sample output should be like this –

Now enter a user name and click on Ok button. Now it will promote the screen as shown below –

After this article, you will be able to understand How to install Etherpad Lite on Ubuntu. In our next articles, we will come up with more Linux based tricks and tips. Keep reading!

Updated on: 20-Jan-2020


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