A clean, simple publishing platform made for writers. Write together, and build a community.

Version 0.15

Our first release of 2024 is here! This one features many small improvements and fixes, plus a big new feature many people have asked for: newsletters / email subscriptions!

Download v0.15.0 now, or read on to see what’s new in this version.

Major Features

Newsletters / subscribe by email (#478)

Now readers can subscribe to receive blog posts via email! Connect an email service to enable email subscriptions and automated password resets (#777). Admins can enable this with the new [email] section in their configuration file — see the documentation for instructions on setting this up.

Note: today, WriteFreely only supports Mailgun as an email service — but our next release will support plain SMTP, so you can use any provider you want to.

View fediverse followers and email subscribers (#775)

For instances with federation enabled, authors can now privately see who is following them from the fediverse via the new Subscribers page. This page also shows everyone subscribed to updates via email, if enabled.

User-Facing Changes

Small Changes and Fixes

Admin-Facing Changes

Developer-Facing Changes


Upgrading from v0.14.0

Download the latest release for your operating system. Stop running your writefreely service, replace all files in your installation with the ones in the archive, and then start your writefreely service again.

Now make sure your database is backed up, and then update it with:

writefreely db migrate

No additional steps are needed to upgrade from v0.14.0 or v0.13.x. Follow the instructions in each previous release if you're upgrading from an earlier version.

New Contributors

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this release of WriteFreely!