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Pinafore Build Status Greenkeeper badge

An alternative web client for Mastodon, focused on speed and simplicity.

Pinafore is available at Beta releases are at

See the user guide for basic usage. See the admin guide if Pinafore cannot connect to your instance.

For updates and support, follow

Browser support

Pinafore supports the latest versions of the following browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Edge
  • Firefox
  • Safari

Compatible versions of each (Opera, Brave, Samsung, etc.) should be fine.

Goals and non-goals


  • Support the most common use cases
  • Small page weight
  • Fast even on low-end devices
  • Accessibility
  • Offline support in read-only mode
  • Progressive Web App features
  • Multi-instance support
  • Support latest versions of Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Safari

Secondary / possible future goals

  • Support for Pleroma or other non-Mastodon backends
  • Serve as an alternative frontend tied to a particular instance
  • Support for non-English languages (i18n)
  • Offline search


  • Supporting old browsers, proxy browsers, or text-based browsers
  • React Native / NativeScript / hybrid-native version
  • Android/iOS apps (using Cordova or similar)
  • Full functionality with JavaScript disabled
  • Emoji support beyond the built-in system emoji
  • Multi-column support
  • Admin/moderation panel
  • Offline support in read-write mode (would require sophisticated sync logic)


Pinafore requires Node.js v8+ and Yarn.

To build Pinafore for production, first install dependencies:

yarn --production --pure-lockfile

Then build:

yarn build

Then run:

PORT=4002 node server.js


To build a Docker image for production:

docker build .
docker run -d -p 4002:4002 [your-image]

Now Pinafore is running at localhost:4002.


To keep your version of Pinafore up to date, you can use git to check out the latest tag:

git checkout $(git tag -l | sort -Vr | head -n 1)


You can export Pinafore as a static site. Run:

yarn run export

Static files will be written to __sapper__/export.

Note that this is not the recommended method, because CSP headers are not currently supported for the exported version.

Developing and testing

See for how to run Pinafore in dev mode and run tests.


For a changelog, see the GitHub releases.

For a list of breaking changes, see

What's with the name?

Pinafore is named after the Gilbert and Sullivan play. The soundtrack is very good.