Install Etherpad on your POWER web hosting plan

Find out how to install Etherpad on your POWER web hosting plan

Last updated 4th February 2021


You've subscribed to a Web POWER web hosting plan to deploy Node.js applications, and you want to deploy an Etherpad server on it.

This guide will explain how to do it.

Find out how to install Etherpad on your POWER web hosting plan.


If you have just started to use your Web POWER web hosting plan, we suggest to have a look at our Getting started with a POWER web hosting plan guide before going further.


Let's suppose you have the default configuration for Node.js hosting:

  • Runtime: nodejs 14
  • Entrypoint: index.js
  • DocumentRoot: www

To verify your configuration, you can use the Retrieve active configuration API endpoint.

Access via SSH to your POWER web hosting, and retrieve Etherpad sources into the www folder:

cd www
git init
git remote add origin
git pull origin release/1.8.6

Etherpad 1.8.7 is not compatible with POWER web hosting because we currently do not support the "experimental-worker" option.

Then install Etherpad dependencies and set up the entry point:

bash bin/
ln -fs node_modules/ep_etherpad-lite/node/server.js index.js

Restart your instance and your Etherpad will be online.


Terminal output:

~ $ node -v
~ $ rm -rf www
~ $ mkdir www
~ $ cd www
~/www $ git init
~/www $ git remote add origin
~/www $ git pull origin release
remote: Enumerating objects: 2, done.
remote: Counting objects: 100% (2/2), done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (2/2), done.
remote: Total 36100 (delta 1), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 36098
Receiving objects: 100% (36100/36100), 16.57 MiB | 14.04 MiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (25484/25484), done.
 * branch            release/1.8.6     -> FETCH_HEAD
 * [new branch]      release/1.8.6     -> origin/master
Checking out files: 100% (492/492), done.
~/www $ bash bin/
Copy the settings template to settings.json...
Ensure that all dependencies are up to date...  If this is the first time you have run Etherpad please be patient.

> wd@1.12.1 install /home/powerlp/www/src/node_modules/wd
> node scripts/build-browser-scripts

added 799 packages in 11.642s
Clearing minified cache...
~/www $ ln -fs node_modules/ep_etherpad-lite/node/server.js index.js
~/www $ mkdir -p tmp
~/www $ touch tmp/restart.txt

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