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This plugin allows users to subscribe to pads and receive email updates when a pad is being modified. You can modify the frequency. This plugin is still in early stage and has things TODO (See TODO).

Source code

On Github :


Make sure an SMTP gateway is installed IE postfix

Configure SPF and RDNS records to ensure proper mail flow <-- Search online

Copy/Edit the below to your settings.json

Connect to a pad, Click on the Share/Embed link and enter in your email address.

Open that pad in ANOTHER BROWSER then begin modifying, you should receive an email when the pad has begun editing and once the pad has gone stale (when everyone stops editing it and a time period passes).

NOTE: You will NOT receive an email if you(the author that registered their email) are currently on or editing that pad!

 "ep_email_notifications" : {
    "panelDisplayLocation": { // Where you want to have the subscription panel
      "mysettings": true,
      "popup": true
    "checkFrequency": "6000", // checkFrequency = How frequently(milliseconds) to check for pad updates -- Move me to the settings file
    "staleTime": "30000",  // staleTime = How stale(milliseconds) does a pad need to be before notifying subscribers?  Move me to settings
    "fromName": "Etherpad SETTINGS FILE!",
    "fromEmail": "",
    "urlToPads": "", // urlToPads = The URL to your pads note the trailing /
    "emailServer": { // See for settings
      "host": ""


This plugin has for now translations for english, french and german. In case you would like to have it in another language, you can easily translate the few sentences and then contact us on irc (#etherpad-lite-dev on or create a Pull-Request on the GitHub repository. You can find the sentences to translate in the ep_email_notifications/locales/ directory. Specials chars written in unicode (Seeères_Unicode_(0000-0FFF))


  • Clean up all code


  • v2 - Get the modified contents from the API HTML diff and append that to the Email and make the email from the server HTML not plain text
  • v2 - Keep a record of when a user was last on a pad