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An alternative private front-end to Reddit

⚠️ Why do I get TOO MANY REQUESTS errors? ⚠️

As of July 12th, 2023, Redlib is currently not operational as Reddit's API changes, that were designed to kill third-party apps and content scrapers who don't pay large fees, went into effect. Read the full announcement here.


10-second pitch: Redlib is a private front-end like Invidious but for Reddit. Browse the coldest takes of r/unpopularopinion without being tracked.

  • 🚀 Fast: written in Rust for blazing-fast speeds and memory safety
  • ☁️ Light: no JavaScript, no ads, no tracking, no bloat
  • 🕵 Private: all requests are proxied through the server, including media
  • 🔒 Secure: strong Content Security Policy prevents browser requests to Reddit

I appreciate any donations! Your support allows me to continue developing Redlib.

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🔗 Want to automatically redirect Reddit links to Redlib? Use LibRedirect or Privacy Redirect!

Follow this link for an up-to-date table of instances in Markdown format. This list is also available as a machine-readable JSON.

Both files are part of the libreddit-instances repository. To contribute your self-hosted instance to the list, see the libreddit-instances README.


Find Redlib on 💬 Matrix, 🐋 Quay.io, :octocat: GitHub, and 🦊 GitLab.

Built with

  • Rust - Programming language
  • Hyper - HTTP server and client
  • Askama - Templating engine
  • Rustls - TLS library


Redlib hopes to provide an easier way to browse Reddit, without the ads, trackers, and bloat. Redlib was inspired by other alternative front-ends to popular services such as Invidious for YouTube, Nitter for Twitter, and Bibliogram for Instagram.

Redlib currently implements most of Reddit's (signed-out) functionalities but still lacks a few features.

How does it compare to Teddit?

Teddit is another awesome open source project designed to provide an alternative frontend to Reddit. There is no connection between the two, and you're welcome to use whichever one you favor. Competition fosters innovation and Teddit's release has motivated me to build Redlib into an even more polished product.

If you are looking to compare, the biggest differences I have noticed are:

  • Redlib is themed around Reddit's redesign whereas Teddit appears to stick much closer to Reddit's old design. This may suit some users better as design is always subjective.
  • Redlib is written in Rust for speed and memory safety. It uses Hyper, a speedy and lightweight HTTP server/client implementation.


This section outlines how Redlib compares to Reddit.


Lasted tested Nov 11, 2022.

Results from Google PageSpeed Insights (Redlib Report, Reddit Report).

Redlib Reddit
Requests 60 83
Speed Index 2.0s 10.4s
Time to Interactive 2.8s 12.4s



Logging: According to Reddit's privacy policy, they "may [automatically] log information" including:

  • IP address
  • User-agent string
  • Browser type
  • Operating system
  • Referral URLs
  • Device information (e.g., device IDs)
  • Device settings
  • Pages visited
  • Links clicked
  • The requested URL
  • Search terms

Location: The same privacy policy goes on to describe that location data may be collected through the use of:

  • GPS (consensual)
  • Bluetooth (consensual)
  • Content associated with a location (consensual)
  • Your IP Address

Cookies: Reddit's cookie notice documents the array of cookies used by Reddit including/regarding:

  • Authentication
  • Functionality
  • Analytics and Performance
  • Advertising
  • Third-Party Cookies
  • Third-Party Site


For transparency, I hope to describe all the ways Redlib handles user privacy.


  • Logging: In production (when running the binary, hosting with docker, or using the official instances), Redlib logs nothing. When debugging (running from source without --release), Redlib logs post IDs fetched to aid with troubleshooting.

  • Cookies: Redlib uses optional cookies to store any configured settings in the settings menu. These are not cross-site cookies and the cookies hold no personal data.

Official instance (libreddit.spike.codes)

The official instance is hosted at https://libreddit.spike.codes.

  • Server: The official instance runs a production binary, and thus logs nothing.

  • DNS: The domain for the official instance uses Cloudflare as the DNS resolver. However, this site is not proxied through Cloudflare, and thus Cloudflare doesn't have access to user traffic.

  • Hosting: The official instance is hosted on Replit, which monitors usage to prevent abuse. I can understand if this invalidates certain users' threat models, and therefore, self-hosting, using unofficial instances, and browsing through Tor are welcomed.


1) Cargo

Make sure Rust stable is installed along with cargo, Rust's package manager.

cargo install libreddit

2) Docker

Deploy the Docker image of Redlib:

docker pull quay.io/redlib/redlib
docker run -d --name redlib -p 8080:8080 quay.io/redlib/redlib

Deploy using a different port (in this case, port 80):

docker pull quay.io/redlib/redlib
docker run -d --name redlib -p 80:8080 quay.io/redlib/redlib

To deploy on arm64 platforms, simply replace quay.io/redlib/redlib in the commands above with quay.io/redlib/redlib:latest-arm.

To deploy on armv7 platforms, simply replace quay.io/redlib/redlib in the commands above with quay.io/redlib/redlib:latest-armv7.

3) AUR

For ArchLinux users, Redlib is available from the AUR as libreddit-git.

yay -S libreddit-git

4) NetBSD/pkgsrc

For NetBSD users, Redlib is available from the official repositories.

pkgin install libreddit

Or, if you prefer to build from source

cd /usr/pkgsrc/libreddit
make install

5) GitHub Releases

If you're on Linux and none of these methods work for you, you can grab a Linux binary from the newest release.

6) Replit/Heroku/Glitch

Warning These are free hosting options, but they are not private and will monitor server usage to prevent abuse. If you need a free and easy setup, this method may work best for you.

Run on Repl.it Deploy Remix on Glitch


Once installed, deploy Redlib to by running:


Instance settings

Assign a default value for each instance-specific setting by passing environment variables to Redlib in the format REDLIB_{X}. Replace {X} with the setting name (see list below) in capital letters.

Name Possible values Default value Description
SFW_ONLY ["on", "off"] off Enables SFW-only mode for the instance, i.e. all NSFW content is filtered.
BANNER String (empty) Allows the server to set a banner to be displayed. Currently this is displayed on the instance info page.
ROBOTS_DISABLE_INDEXING ["on", "off"] off Disables indexing of the instance by search engines.
PUSHSHIFT_FRONTEND String www.unddit.com Allows the server to set the Pushshift frontend to be used with "removed" links.

Default User Settings

Assign a default value for each user-modifiable setting by passing environment variables to Redlib in the format REDLIB_DEFAULT_{Y}. Replace {Y} with the setting name (see list below) in capital letters.

Name Possible values Default value
THEME ["system", "light", "dark", "black", "dracula", "nord", "laserwave", "violet", "gold", "rosebox", "gruvboxdark", "gruvboxlight"] system
FRONT_PAGE ["default", "popular", "all"] default
LAYOUT ["card", "clean", "compact"] card
WIDE ["on", "off"] off
POST_SORT ["hot", "new", "top", "rising", "controversial"] hot
COMMENT_SORT ["confidence", "top", "new", "controversial", "old"] confidence
SHOW_NSFW ["on", "off"] off
BLUR_NSFW ["on", "off"] off
USE_HLS ["on", "off"] off
HIDE_HLS_NOTIFICATION ["on", "off"] off
AUTOPLAY_VIDEOS ["on", "off"] off
SUBSCRIPTIONS +-delimited list of subreddits (sub1+sub2+sub3+...) (none)
HIDE_AWARDS ["on", "off"] off
HIDE_SCORE ["on", "off"] off
FIXED_NAVBAR ["on", "off"] on

You can also configure Redlib with a configuration file. An example redlib.toml can be found below:




Proxying using NGINX

Note If you're proxying Redlib through an NGINX Reverse Proxy, add

proxy_http_version 1.1;

to your NGINX configuration file above your proxy_pass line.


You can use the systemd service available in contrib/redlib.service (install it on /etc/systemd/system/redlib.service).

That service can be optionally configured in terms of environment variables by creating a file in /etc/redlib.conf. Use the contrib/redlib.conf as a template. You can also add the REDLIB_DEFAULT__{X} settings explained above.

When "Proxying using NGINX" where the proxy is on the same machine, you should guarantee nginx waits for this service to start. Edit /etc/systemd/system/redlib.service.d/reverse-proxy.conf:



If you are on macOS, you can use the launchd service available in contrib/redlib.plist.

Install it with cp contrib/redlib.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents/.

Load and start it with launchctl load ~/Library/LaunchAgents/redlib.plist.


git clone https://github.com/redlib-org/redlib
cd redlib
cargo run


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