The functionality as well as the look-and-feel of an instance can be customized by creating a
customize folder and copying assets to be customized (images, stylesheets, page templates, etc) from
customize.dist into it. If a file exists in
customize, it will be served to users instead of its namesake in
The purpose of the
customize directory is to make it easier to upgrade CryptPad while maintaining customizations in place. Occasionally, a major new version may introduce breaking changes or require adjustments in the customizations. Administrators with customized instances are therefore encouraged to read instructions carefully before each upgrade.
A wide range of settings are available in
www/common/application_config_internal.js. To modify them:
Make a copy of
Copy the default value(s) to modify from
Look and feel¶
To add a custom logo to the instance's homepage:
Add the new logo to
In the copy, replace the image on this line with your custom logo.
Many other aspects of CryptPad's interface can be customized, for example the LESS color themes
customize.dist/src/less2/include/. As with all other elements, make a copy in
customize and edit the values to override the defaults.
To customize the text of the CryptPad interface in a given language, copy
xx is the locale of the language (use
messages.js to customize English).
In this file, modify the default text using the "Messages" object as follows:
Messages.key = "Text";. For all the keys and their associated text please see www/common/translations/messages.json or any of the
messages.xx.json in the same directory for the translated text.
For example, to customize the text about the instance on the home page, the following could be pasted in
customize/translations/messages.js and the text changed to describe the instance.
Messages.home_host = "This is an independent community instance of CryptPad.";
For more information on how translations work in CryptPad please see Translation keys in the developer guide.