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-- features

Take control of your honks and join the federation.
An ActivityPub server with minimal setup and support costs.
Spend more time using the software and less time operating it.

No attention mining.
No likes, no faves, no polls, no stars, no claps, no counts.

Purple color scheme. Custom emus. Memes too.
Avatars automatically assigned by the NSA.

The button to submit a new honk says "it's gonna be honked".

The honk mission is to work well if it's what you want.
This does not imply the goal is to be what you want.

-- build

It should be sufficient to type make after unpacking a release.
You'll need a go compiler version 1.13 or later. And libsqlite3.

Even on a fast machine, building from source can take several seconds.

Development sources: hg clone

-- setup

honk expects to be fronted by a TLS terminating reverse proxy.

First, create the database. This will ask four questions.
./honk init
username: (the username you want)
password: (the password you want)
listenaddr: (tcp or unix: localhost:31337, /var/www/honk.sock, etc.)
servername: (public DNS name:

Then run honk.

-- upgrade

cp honk.db backup.db
./honk upgrade

-- documentation

There is a more complete incomplete manual. This is just the README.

-- guidelines

One honk per day, or call it an "eighth-tenth" honk.
If your honk frequency changes, so will the number of honks.

The honk should be short, but not so short that you cannot identify it.

The honk is an animal sign of respect and should be accompanied by a
friendly greeting or a nod.

The honk should be done from a seat and in a safe area.

It is considered rude to make noise in a place of business.

The honk may be made on public property only when the person doing
the honk has the permission of the owner of that property.

-- disclaimer

Do not use honk to contact emergency services.

recent changes

1341:f74b9ce19463 on 2021-05-24 22:28:37 +0000 UTC by Ted Unangst <>
Tagged: tip

allow object type field to be an array

1340:0a351daab5d0 on 2021-04-22 01:03:34 +0000 UTC by Ted Unangst <>
Parent: 1338:ac7ecd413651


1339:3a1bbcb0a6ba on 2021-04-22 01:02:47 +0000 UTC by Ted Unangst <>
Parent: 1334:505e5a479edf

ignore service updates

1338:ac7ecd413651 on 2021-04-05 18:09:11 +0000 UTC by Ted Unangst <>

attachment summary field needs to be de-html on import

1337:1b209bb22e56 on 2021-04-04 15:27:26 +0000 UTC by Ted Unangst <>

Added tag v0.9.6 for changeset 6a522536238f

1336:6a522536238f on 2021-04-04 15:27:18 +0000 UTC by Ted Unangst <>
Tagged: v0.9.6

0.9.6 virile vigorous and potent

1335:1a08bd755a2d on 2021-04-04 15:25:52 +0000 UTC by Ted Unangst <>

add a short note that admin interface is rough

1334:505e5a479edf on 2021-04-02 23:59:01 +0000 UTC by Ted Unangst <>

more relaxed name check for honker

1333:5ab402f73860 on 2021-03-29 01:43:12 +0000 UTC by Ted Unangst <>

fix up for details summary display. chrome 89 changed default.

1332:1798267b722a on 2021-03-15 18:11:31 +0000 UTC by Ted Unangst <>

set rlimit in backend