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Continuous post deletion for twitter, mastodon, and misskey


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Forget is a post deleting service for Twitter, Mastodon, and Misskey.


  • Delete your posts when they cross an age threshold.
  • Or keep your post count in check, deleting old posts when you go over.
  • Preserve old posts that matter by giving them a favourite or a reaction.
  • Set it and forget it. Forget works continuously in the background.


Forget is not a one-time purging tool. It is designed to prune your account continuously, not quickly. If you need a lot of posts gone fast, you may want to look for another more-suited tool.

Running your own


  • Postgresql
  • Redis
  • Python 3.6+
  • Node.js 10+

Set up venv

Setting up a venv will isolate Forget from your system's libraries and allow you to install dependencies locally as a normal user. It's not necessary but it is recommended!

$ python -m venv venv
$ source venv/bin/activate

If you're using zsh or fish as a shell, substitute venv/bin/activate with venv/bin/activate.zsh or venv/bin/, respectively.

You will need to "activate" the venv in every new terminal before you can use pip or any python tools included in dependencies (honcho, flask...)

Download and install dependencies

$ pip install -r requirements.txt
$ npm install

Wow!! Exciting

Create and complete config file

Gotta set up those, paths, and stuff.

$ cp

Set up database schema

If you haven't started postgresql yet now would be a great time to do that.

$ createdb forget # if you havent created the DB yet
$ env flask db upgrade

Build static assets

Gonna do it...!

$ doit

Done did it.


The included Procfile will run the app server and the background worker. honcho, a Procfile runner, is included as a dependency:

$ honcho start

The application server will listen on You'll want to use your favourite web server to proxy traffic to it.


For development, you may want to use, which starts flask in debug mode and rebuilds the static assets automatically when they change

$ honcho -f start

Or you could just look at and run those things manually. It's up to you.

You can run the (currently very incomplete) test suite by running pytest. You'll need redis installed on your development machine, a temporary redis server will be started and shut down automatically by the test suite.


This project is also able to be deployed through Docker.

  1. Copy to and add additional configurations to your liking.
  2. By default, the webapp container will be listening on, which you can point a reverse proxy at.
    • If your reverse proxy is in another docker network then you'll need a docker-compose.override.yml file to attach the www service to the right network and not publish any ports. An example override file is provided. The web app will be listening on http://forget-www-1:42157.
  3. By default, the docker-compose.yml creates relative mounts ./redis, ./postgres, and ./celery relative to the docker-compose.yml location. An example docker-compose.override.yml file is provided that shows how to change this.
  4. Run docker-compose build to build the image.
  5. Run docker-compose up to start or docker-compose up -d to start in the background, and use docker-compose down to stop.


If you're having trouble with Forget, or if you're not having trouble but you just want to tell me you like it, you can drop me a note at or


Thank you bea, for making ephemeral, inspiring me to make limiter, then this, in an attempt to bring ephemeral with me everywhere. ☕

Thank you to the kind folks who have emailed me to tell me Forget has made their time on social media less stressful. 🌻