About NearTalk

What is it?

NearTalk is chat platform to talk to people nearby.

Anyone with the same IP address is in the same chat room. For example, everyone in your house will get the same chat room if they visit NearTalk. If you go to your local coffee shop, everyone who visits NearTalk will be in the same chat room. This extends to larger organizations like college/university campuses.

Depending on how the network is set up, all mobile devices using data with the same network provider as you may be chatting together. Or similarly, all the other homes using the same ISP. This is the minority of cases however.

Why is it?

For fun, mostly. I wanted to make a chat application and I wanted to use htmx, and this seemed like a fun idea.

There are many reasons why NearTalk isn't useful, and talking to your fellow humans face to face is much better. However there are a few times when having a local chatroom is useful, like for discussing (or dragging) a presentation going on. At the end of the day, I'm happy to have made something.

How do I change my nickname?

Send this special message: /nick my-new-nickname
It will go away when you reload the page.

Source code? Self hosting?

Of course! NearTalk is licensed under the AGPLv3, and source code is available on GitHub.

You're welcome to host your own version, as long as you comply with the license by publishing your source code. Feel free to report bugs and submit PRs as well!


You can email me about NearTalk at: makeworld (AT) protonmail (DOT) com

I'd be happy to hear about any fun stories.