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Installation and Usage

First make sure you have a working copy of Node.js and npm (the node package manager).
To install escrito you'll need coffee.

npm install -g coffee-script

Check if everything went okay.

coffee -v

Next, run (this may take a while):

npm install -g escrito

Then start the server.


That should be enough!
You can pass custom arguments:

escrito --port 4567

Documents are not persistent by default but you can set a custom database type.
The available options are 'memory' and 'redis'. Those are the database types supported by the ShareJS project.

escrito --database redis

For more detailed help type:

escrito -h

Local installation

You can also install escrito locally. This will install it in your current directory.

npm install escrito

Start the server:

npm start escrito

To pass custom arguments using npm, you have to use a slightly different syntax.
For example, to set up the server with a custom port you should do the following:

npm config set escrito:port 5000

From source

You can clone the github repository.

git clone git://

Install all the dependencies.

cd escrito
npm install

Run the server:


Again, you can pass custom arguments.

coffee --port 4567 --database redis

Compiling CoffeeScripts

If you want to compile the CoffeeScripts to JavaScript.

cake build-dependencies
cake build

Run the server:

node web.js

This wouldn't be possible without Open Source projects like:

Check them all in the humans.txt file.

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