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About PubwichFork

PubwichFork is an open-source PHP web application that allows you to aggregate your published data from multiple websites and services into a single HTML page.

PubwichFork is an improved version of the original Pubwich application, since Pubwich is not actively maintained anymore by the original author. PubwichFork fixes several bugs and enables filtering of the data streams.


If you need to upgrade from your current Pubwich(Fork) install, please check the upgrading section in this file.

Installing PubwichFork 2.9+

  1. Get it from the repository and change to development branch:

    $ git clone
    $ cd PubwichFork
    $ git pull
  2. Install necessary vendor libraries, you need to install Bower before you can use it for that step:

    $ bower install
  3. Change the permissions on the cache directory to make it writeable for for you and the user group of the webserver, e.g. on Ubuntu:

    $ sudo chown youruser:www-data usr/cache/
    $ sudo chmod ug+w usr/cache/

    It may be easier to allow writing to all (777) but this is not recommended for security reasons.

  4. Duplicate usr/configuration/config.sample.php to usr/configuration/config.php. (Optional: if you want to use a custom theme, duplicate app/themes/default to usr/themes/your_theme_name and edit the PUBWICH_THEME constant in usr/configuration/config.php to 'your_theme_name'.

  5. Edit the newly created config.php to fill the blank spaces with your informations (API keys, usernames, site’s URL, etc.) and to modify the arguments passed to Pubwich::setServices(). See the Service configuration section of this file or read the Service Class manual.

Everything should be working now.


Currently we have 3 different Pubwich(Fork) development branches:

  1. 1.x: the first official Pubwich application, the last official release was Pubwich 1.5 - Pubwich is not maintained anymore since 2011

  2. 2.1: May 2011 Pubwich was forked, community commits and fixes were merged in, and it was extended (e.g. adding filters and improved caching options, responsive default theme). Around 80 commits were made since then. The current stable release is PubwichFork 2.1

  3. 2.9+: the current version, an intermediate release to 3.x that is not finished yet. Nonetheless, it includes a lot of changes: project folders were restructured, usage process of vendor libraries was changed, the template system has been improved and the default theme is updated and mobile first now.

Upgrade from Pubwich 1.x to PubwichFork 2.0 and 2.1

Last official Pubwich release was 1.5., please remember that important changes were made in Pubwich 1.4., e.g. Twitter OAuth support and the new template engine. Please check the old Pubwich manual about upgrading if you are still using a Pubwich install before version 1.4.

Upgrading from Pubwich 1.5+ to PubwichFork 2.1 should be simple:

  1. Backup your cfg/config.php and your customized user theme.

  2. Install PubwichFork and re-configure it, using your configuration backup.

  3. Copy your theme folder to themes again.

Usually your old config file and user theme should work with PubwichFork. If not, please report bugs.

Upgrade from PubwichFork 2.1 to 2.9+

  1. Backup your PubwichFork installation.

  2. Install PubwichFork 3.x and copy your configuration backup file to usr/configuration/config.php.

  3. Copy your theme folder to usr/themes.

  4. If you developed own service classes, copy them to usr/services.

PubwichFork 2.9+ is compatible to configurations and filters from 2.1. The old template system is now deprecated but it is still supported in 2.9+

Service configuration

All services are configured in the config.php file, usually a service looks like this:

    'Flickr', // service name
    'photos', // service id
        'method' => 'FlickrUser',
        'title' => 'Flick<em>r</em>',
        'description' => 'latest photos',
        'total' => 16,
        'key' => '________',
        'userid' => '________',
        'username' => '__________',
        'row' => 4,

In this example Flickr is the service name, photos is the service ID and the inner array is the service configuration. Some parameters can be used for all services:

  • title → box title
  • description → box description
  • total → number of items to display
  • cache_limit → cache invalidation time in seconds

The simplest and wide supported Feed service can be configured by additional parameters:

  • url → URI of the feed
  • contenttype → either application/rss+xml or application/atom+xml
  • link → the URI of the website the feed is used for

There are several other service classes, e.g. for Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Vimeo, Flickr, Reddit, GNUsocial and more. For further info please read the Service documentation.

Custom themes and templates

Themes contain all main and sub templates for page chrome, layout containers, channel boxes, list items; and the public graphics and stylesheets for the layout. Your theme folder must be in usr/themes/.

All templates are written in simple Mustache syntax, all main and sub templates are in yourtheme/templates folder, using .mustache as file extension.

For further information please read usr/themes/ or the manual about how to develop custom themes and user templates.

Custom filters



PubwichFork is an open-source PHP Web application that allows you to aggregate your published data from multiple websites and social services into a single HTML page.








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