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A cms for absolute minimalists. Try it at

rwtxt is an open-source website where you can store any text online for easy sharing and quick recall. In more specific terms, it is a light-weight and fast content management system (CMS) where you write in Markdown with emphasis on reading.

rwtxt builds off cowyo, a similar app I made previously. In improving with rwtxt I aimed to avoid second-system syndrome: I got rid of features I never used in cowyo (self-destruction, encryption, locking), while integrating a useful new feature not available previously: you can create domains. A domain is basically a personalized namespace where you can write private/public posts that are searchable. I personally use rwtxt to collect and jot notes for work, personal, coding - each which has its own searchable and indexed domain.

rwtxt is backed by a single sqlite3 database, so it's portable and very easy to backup. It's written in Go and all the assets are bundled so you can just download a single binary and start writing. You can also try the online version:


Reading. You can share rwtxt links to read them on another computer. rwtxt is organized in domains - places where you can privately or publicly store your text. If the domain is private, you must be signed in to read, even you have the permalink.

You can easily create your own domain in 10 seconds. When you make a new domain it will be private by default, so only you can view/search/edit your own text.

Once you make a domain you will see an option to make your domain public so that anyone can view/search it. However, only people with the domain password can edit in your domain - making rwtxt useful as a password-protected wiki. (The one exception is the /public domain, which anyone can edit/view - making rwtxt useful as a pastebin).

Writing. To write in rwtxt, just create a new page and click "Edit", or goto a URL for the thing you want to write about - like When you write in rwtxt you can format your text in Markdown.

In addition, writing triple backtick code blocks:

console.log("hello, world");

produces code highlighted with prism.js:

console.log("hello, world");

Deleting. You can easily delete your page. Just erase all the content from it and it will disappear forever within 10 seconds.


You can easily install and run rwtxt on your own computer.

You can download a binary for the latest release.

Or you can install from source. First, make sure to install Go. Then clone the repo:

$ git clone

Then you can make it with:

$ make

And then run it!

$ export PATH="${PATH}:${GOPATH}/bin"
$ rwtxt


You can also easily install and run with Docker.

$ docker pull schollz/rwtxt

Then run by using docker

$ docker run -v /place/to/store/data:/data -p 8000:8152 schollz/rwtxt

In this case -p 8000:8152 will have rwtxt will be running on port 8000.


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