Install Etherpad web-based real-time collaborative editor on Ubuntu 16.04 Linux


Etherpad is an Open Source, web-based and real-time collaborative editor. It allows multiple persons, using their web browsers to edit a document at the same time. It also offers some cool features like rich text formatting and instant messaging.

The objective is to install Etherpad on Ubuntu 16.04 Linux.


# – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user


Privileged access to your Ubuntu machine.

Steps to follow

Install the prerequisites

In this first stage, let’s install git, curl, libssl-dev, python and build-essential.

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

Install node.js

Etherpad relies on node.js. We will install its latest stable version by using the following linux commands:

$ wget
$ tar xJf node-v6.9.2-linux-x64.tar.xz
$ sudo mkdir /opt/nodejs/ && mv node-v6.9.2-linux-x64/* /opt/nodejs
$ echo "PATH=$PATH:/opt/nodejs/bin" >> ~/.profile

Clone Etherpad binaries

Here, we will clone the binaries into /opt/etherpad directory:

$ sudo mkdir /opt/etherpad
$ sudo chown -R $(whoami).$(whoami) /opt/etherpad
$ cd /opt/etherpad
$ git clone git://

git clone etherpad

Run Etherpad

Now we will run Etherpad by the use of the command below:

$ /opt/etherpad/bin/

Once Etherpad is started, we can access it through http://your_ip_address:9001.

etherpad home page

etherpad editing interface

Have you tried it? Are you facing any difficulties? Let’s talk about that in comments.