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Espial

Espial is an open-source, web-based bookmarking server.

It allows mutiple accounts, but currently intended for self-host scenarios.

The bookmarks are stored in a sqlite3 database, for ease of deployment & maintenence.

The easist way for logged-in users to add bookmarks, is with the "bookmarklet", found on the Settings page.

Also, see the android app for adding bookmarks via an Android Share intent https://github.com/jonschoning/espial-share-android

demo server

log in — username: demo password: demo

https://esp.ae8.org/u:demo

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Docker Setup

see https://github.com/jonschoning/espial-docker

Server Setup (from source)

  1. Install the Stack executable here:

  2. Build executables

    stack build
    
  3. Create the database

    stack exec migration -- createdb --conn espial.sqlite3
    
  4. Create a user

    stack exec migration -- createuser --conn espial.sqlite3 --userName myusername --userPassword myuserpassword
    
  5. Import a pinboard bookmark file for a user (optional)

    stack exec migration -- importbookmarks --conn espial.sqlite3 --userName myusername --bookmarkFile sample-bookmarks.json
    
  6. Import a firefox bookmark file for a user (optional)

    stack exec migration -- importfirefoxbookmarks --conn espial.sqlite3 --userName myusername --bookmarkFile firefox-bookmarks.json
    
  7. Start a production server:

    stack exec espial
    

see config/settings.yml for changing default run-time parameters / environment variables

default app http port: 3000

ssl: use reverse proxy

Development

Backend

  • Install the yesod command line tool: stack install yesod-bin --install-ghc

  • Start a development server:

    yesod devel
    

Frontend

  • See purs/ folder

Import Bookmark file format (pinboard compatible format)

see sample-bookmarks.json, which contains a JSON array, each line containing a FileBookmark object.

example:

[ {"href":"http://raganwald.com/2018/02/23/forde.html","description":"Forde's Tenth Rule, or, \"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and \u2764\ufe0f the State Machine\"","extended":"","time":"2018-02-26T22:57:20Z","shared":"yes","toread":"yes","tags":"raganwald"},
, {"href":"http://downloads.haskell.org/~ghc/latest/docs/html/users_guide/flags.html","description":"7.6. Flag reference \u2014 Glasgow Haskell Compiler 8.2.2 User's Guide","extended":"-fprint-expanded-synonyms","time":"2018-02-26T21:52:02Z","shared":"yes","toread":"no","tags":"ghc haskell"},
]