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Dave edited this page Jan 29, 2019 · 15 revisions

What is Gobby?

Gobby is a multi-platform collaborative text editor. It allows multiple users to edit the same document together over the internet in real-time. It supports the following features:

  • Runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
  • Full-fledged text editing capabilities including syntax highlighting using GtkSourceView
  • Real-time, lock-free collaborative text editing
  • Integrated group chat
  • Group undo: Undo does not affect changes of remote users
  • Shows cursors and selections of remote participants
  • Highlights text written by different users with different colors
  • Full Unicode support
  • Zeroconf support (Linux-only at the moment)
  • Encrypted data transfer including perfect forward secrecy (PFS)
  • Sessions can be password-protected
  • Sophisticated access control with Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • A highly configurable dedicated server
  • Licensed under GPLv2+ and ISC

Getting Started

In order to get started, connectivity between the computers that plan to collaborate needs to be established. When they are in the same Wi-Fi network, Gobby usually lists the other computers running Gobby automatically on Linux. This feature is not available at the moment for Windows and Mac OS X. By pressing Ctrl+T or selecting the "Connect To Server" option in the menu, a connection can be made manually when the hostname or IP address of the other computer is known.

More technical users might want to run their own dedicated gobby server.

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