CryptPad Basics

Documents management

Create a document

To create a new document you can either do it from the CryptPad main page...

or from the CryptDrive by clicking the + New button.

If you create a document from the main page, once it is open, a message will prompt in the lower right corner asking you whether you want to store it or not.

You can configure how CryptPad should manage the pads you visit (set if they are automatically or manually stored) in the Confidentiality tab at your user settings.

If you choose to store them, a message will appear indicating they were added to your drive.

Now you can access the document from your drive.

Saving changes

CryptPad automatically saves the changes made on documents. Under the title, you will see a notification when changes have been saved.

Toolbar & pads options

The main options you will find in the toolbar are:

  1. File: here you have several options regarding the document you are working on

  • + New: create a new document.

  • Snapshots: it creates a specific point in the document history that you can name and use as a reference. To create a snapshot from the current state of a document, click on this option and giving it a name. Also from this same menu you can view (open), restore and/or delete snapshots.

  • History: the history of a document is automatically saved and you can navigate to a certain point and restore it if you needed. To view and restore the history of a document, click on this option and use the arrows to navigate between each edit, each author or each editing session (when the same group of authors was connected to the document) in the history. Once you have found the desired version, click on the RESTORE button to restore it. You can also make a snapshot from the history line of a pad.

  • Import: to import a document from a local file.

  • Make a copy: creates a duplicate of a file.

  • Export: exports the document to a local file in .html, .md or .doc format.

  • Print: prints the document or exports it to a .pdf file.

  • Move to trash: removes a document from your drive (although it could remain in other users' drive who have store it).

  • Properties: get the current document properties.

  • Document identifier: it is the file identifier (you can use it to share with an instance administrator in case of an issue). This does not expose the content of the document.

  • Editing and Read-only links (depending on your permissions) to share).

  • Creation and Last access dates.

  • Help: access the documentation regarding the application in use.
  1. Tools: to hide/show the application tools

Users & Chat

You can interact with other users connected to the same document through the User list and the Chat.


As guest user, you have two ways to share documents (Contacts sharing requires to be logged in):

  • via a Link: this option provides a link that can be shared through the medium of your choice.
  • or embedding it: this allow you to display a document on a web page.

In any of the cases, access rights can be set to allow the recipient to Edit the pad or to only View it.

The Access feature is disable for guest users