Shaarli documentation

The personal, minimalist, super-fast, database free, bookmarking service.

Do you want to share the links you discover? Shaarli is a minimalist link sharing service that you can install on your own server. It is designed to be personal (single-user), fast and handy.

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


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 (with image and video thumbnails)
    • tag cloud
    • picture wall: image and video thumbnails (with lazy loading)
    • daily: newspaper-like daily digest
    • daily RSS feed
  • permalinks for easy reference
  • links can be public or private
  • thumbnail generation for images and video services
  • URL cleanup: automatic removal of ?utm_source=..., fb=...
  • 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


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


  • discreet pop-up notification when a new release is available
  • bruteforce protection on the login form
  • protected against XSRF and session cookie hijacking


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

See the API documentation.


Shaarli community fork

This friendly fork is maintained by the Shaarli community at

This is a community fork of the original Shaarli project by S├ębastien 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. A list of contributors is available here.