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Pubwich 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. This fork fixed several bugs, adds filtering methods to the data streams, enables output caching and post-output processings.
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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.

The following install instructions work for PubwichFork 3.x, for the current stable version 2.1 please read the public install manual.

Installing PubwichFork 3.x

  1. Get it from the repository and change to development branch: git clone cd PubwichFork git checkout development 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 6770 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.x: 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. 3.x: this is the current development version, the jump in the version number reflects the big changes: the project folders were restructured, inclusion of vendor libraries are changed. An improved template system and a mobile first default theme are planned. It's planned to change the name of PubwichFork with the release (send your suggestions, any ideas are appreciated!).

Upgrade from Pubwich 1.x to PubwichFork 2.x

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.x to 3.x

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

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

  3. Copy your theme folder to usr/themes.

The current PubwichFork 3.x development branch is compatible to current configuration files, filters and user themes.

Service configuration

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

array( 'Flickr', 'photos', array(
        '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 Delicious, Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr,, simple Text, Dribbble, Facebook, Foursquare, Github, Goodreads, Gowalla, Instapaper, Pinboard, Readernaut, Readitlater, Reddit, Slideshare, and Twitter. For further info please read the Service documentation.

Custom templates

When Pubwich is ready to display its data, it first looks into the theme’s functions.php file to see if custom template functions are defined. There are currently four kinds of template functions: box templates, item templates, column templates and layout templates.

Box templates

Box templates control the way whole boxes are displayed. There are a few different ways to define them:

  • boxTemplate() (applies to all boxes, must be defined in functions.php)
  • <Service>_boxTemplate()
  • <Service>_<Method>_boxTemplate()
  • <Service>_<Variable>_boxTemplate()
  • <Service>_<Method>_<Variable>_boxTemplate()


function boxTemplate() {
    return '
        <div class="boite {{class}}" id="{{id}}">
            <h2><a rel="me" href="{{{url}}}">{{{title}}}</a> <span>{{{description}}}</span></h2>
            <div class="boite-inner">
                <ul class="clearfix">

Item templates

Item templates control the way each box item is displayed. Each service has its own default templates, but using the following function names, you can redefine them:

  • <Service>_itemTemplate()
  • <Service>_<Method>_itemTemplate()
  • <Service>_<Variable>_itemTemplate()
  • <Service>_<Method>_<Variable>_itemTemplate()


function Twitter_TwitterUser_itemTemplate() {
    return '<li class="clearfix {{#in_reply_to_screen_name}}reply{{/in_reply_to_screen_name}}"><span class="date"><a href="{{{link}}}">{{{date}}}</a></span>{{{text}}}</li>'."\n";

There’s currently no documentation about which tag you can put between {{{}}} braces for which service. In the meantime, you can check a service file (located in lib/Services/<Service>.php) and look for the populateItemTemplate function.

Column templates

The column template defines how each column is rendered. You don’t have to define this template; the default used by Pubwich is this:

'<div class="col{{{number}}}">{{{content}}}</div>'

Where {{{number}}} is replaced by the column number and {{{content}}} is replaced by the column content (the boxes). For instance, you could put this in your functions.php file:

funtion columnTemplate() {
    '<div class="column column-{{{number}}}"><div class="column-inner">{{{content}}}</div></div>';

Layout templates

The layout template defines the columns layout. Again, you don’t have to define this template; the default layout used by Pubwich is this (eg. if you defined 3 columns in your config.php file):

'{{{col1}}} {{{col2}}} {{{col3}}}'

So each column is displayed one after the other. But if you’d like to change that layout, you can use this:

function layoutTemplate() {
    return '<div class="first-column">{{{col1}}}</div><div class="other-columns">{{{col2}}} {{{col3}}}</div>';
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