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About Project

works pretty similar to a well known social network, but you can host it on your very own infrastructure. No external dependencies needed. Focus of this project was security and performance.


On 13.02.2020 i decided to move version 2.0 to deprecated branch At moment the new master has less features than 2.0, but iam working hard to restore the most important ones. Feel free to join the development process by creating tasks (feature request) or make code improvements.

0. Demo

1. Installation

git clone
cd SocialNetwork
composer install
npm install

1.2 Configuration

Check the .env.example file for db settings

1.3 Database

This will create the db structure

php artisan migrate

1.3 Folders / Permissions

Create storage folder (symbolic link)

php artisan storage:link

Make phantomsjs executeable (needed for og tag parsing)

chmod +x bin/phantomjs

1.4 Webserver (nginx)

This is just a example configuration of our dev system

server {

  root /var/www/;
  index index.html index.php;
  location ~ \.php$ {
          include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
          fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.4-fpm.sock;

  location ~ /\.ht {
          deny all;

  location / {
      try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$args;

  listen 443 ssl; # managed by Certbot
  ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/; # managed by Certbot
  ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/; # managed by Certbot
  include /etc/letsencrypt/options-ssl-nginx.conf; # managed by Certbot
  ssl_dhparam /etc/letsencrypt/ssl-dhparams.pem; # managed by Certbot

server {
  if ($host = {
      return 301 https://$host$request_uri;
  } # managed by Certbot


  listen 80;
  return 404; # managed by Certbot


2. Support

You can use the github issue tracker for bugs.

For commercial support please contact:

3. History

Version 1.0 (est 2008)

Sadly no screenshoot are available anymore.

Version 2.0 (est 2014)

Screenshoot of verion 2.0

This version was a complete rewrite, build on a my very own php framework and with the help of react for frontend stuff. Sadly the frontend code became not maintainable also i made huge mistakes how the components communicate with each other.

Working features:

  • Share (Websites, Images, Videos, SourceCode)
  • Like / Dislike / Comments
  • #hash tag search (orderd by popularity)
  • @user mentions and notifications via websockets
  • Oauth2 (Facebook, Github)
  • Backend with Dashboard

One side project was to visualize the related hashtags.

Visualization of the related Hashtags

Another cool feature was the Google Chrome extension to share content with just a click. Screenshoot of Google Chrome extension

Please keep in mind Version 2.0 is not longer maintained

Demo is still alive here:

Version 3.0 (est 2020)

Please report feature requests and bugs. Demo is here:

Planed features:

oauth login websockets (notifications) hashtags interpretation image gallery profile

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