Use our Online Real-Time Editors

Write and collaborate on documents on documents quickly and easily without the need for a servus membership.

For the short-term storage of online documents, we provide online real-time editors with different security measures.

How to get it

It is not necessary to be a servus member to use these two services. You can start directly via these links:


Etherpad & Ethercalc

  • The entered data is not password protected.
  • If you want your pad to be harder to find, you can have a random name generated.


Out of the box CryptPad offers the CryptDrive, a way for registered users to have access to a number of features like permanent storage of documents in folders and so on. As we already offer the servus cloud servus does not make use of the CryptDrive. So, you can click it but you won’t be able to use it.

Attention: All documents will be destroyed from the database after 90 days if they are no longer actively in use. If you need long time storage, please use the servus cloud instead.

Tips/Best practice


Security is a major concern for us. We try to prevent the possibility of breaking into our servers with the latest tricks. The communication between our servers and users is always encrypted.

If you access Ethercalc or Etherpad, this connection is also encrypted. As with our cloud installation, Let’s Encrypt is used as the certification authority. This ensures a direct and secure line from the users to our servers.

But: The access to your data is not password protected with Etherpad, just like with Ethercalc, and depends only on the URL! Sensitive data (e.g. personal data) is better not stored on a public server and if it is absolutely necessary, you should at least encrypt this data with GPG.

If you need more security than is offered by these editors, but you still want to collaborate on online documents with others while seeing other people’s changes nearly instantly, CryptPad might suit you well. CryptPad encrypts changes to your pads (online documents) before sending that information to be stored on the server, so we can’t read what you’re typing.

In terms of privacy you can be absolutely sure that we are not able to decrypt what you write in your pad. CryptPad relies on the ChainPad realtime engine, a Realtime Collaborative Editor algorithm based on Nakamoto Blockchains. As the people behind CryptPad would say it: “Encryption carried out in your web browser protects the data from the server, the cloud and the NSA.”


None of our pads do require you to identify yourself by name, phone number, or e-mail address, so they provide a basic level of anonymity. Nevertheless you will not be totally anonymous while using them, as server administrators like us are able to see the IP addresses of people who visit those services. You should also be aware that, in fact, we could connect your IP address to the document you visit (which we won’t ever do). However, if you use the CryptPad with Tor you can achieve even better anonymity.


The databases of all pads are saved every day at midnight for one day.


The creators of CryptPad offer some basic description for the different apps they provide within the CryptPad user interface. You can find some tips on top of the editor icons under Getting started…. Additionally you will find some help with creating content using markdown in their documentation.

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