Linkr, the host it yourself link sharing site

Are you using e-mail to share links with your friends and coworkers ? Soooooo 2006 !

But you don’t want to use digg, reddit or delicious because you want to keep it private and pertinent. Sadly none of these are open-source.

Enter Linkr!

Linkr is…

  1. built on Camping, the 4K framework by _why
  2. open source
  3. about 400 LOC, so easy to hack
  4. easy to install
  5. tag, rss, ajax buzzword compliant
  6. easy to use (has a one-click-submit shortcut that you can put in your toolbar)
  7. relying on your own Apache/LDAP/Whatever authentication (no extra login)
  8. cool because I said so!!!

Quick install

gem install camping --source
svn co linkr
cd linkr
rake server

Installing with FastCgi is pretty easy too, check the README file.

Happy Linkr-ing!

[EDIT] Due to popular request (heri), a demo version is now live at But it runs on CGI, so super slow, I didn’t manage to install it with FastCGI on my DreamHost account. But I swear, It was a lot easier on our dedicated StandoutServer™ with the one line ScriptAlias directive! Plus, note that because it’s designed to be used in your intranet there’s no login page, it usually uses Apache environment variable to set the current user, so the demo version will stay as anonymous.



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16 responses to “Linkr, the host it yourself link sharing site

  1. err… why don’t you host it on for us to try?

  2. All right, I’ll try to set this up later this week. But there’s no authentication builtin Linkr, it uses Apache environment variable for getting the username. I don’t know how I can tweak this for a public site.

    The fact that it uses Apache authentication make it easier to integrate into your own intranet!

  3. ok – you should post something on twitter when it goes live. i’d like to write something about on MTW

  4. almost working on , I’m having some troubles with rewriting and FastCGI, ah shared hosting! I’ll fix this later tonight

  5. What about Mongrel? I abandoned (Fast)CGI a year ago and haven’t looked back.

  6. How can I set this up on shared hosting ? I don’t think DreamHost allow ProxyPass in .htaccess files

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