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  • Translators wanted!

    Photon has been fully localized and you can translate it to your native language now! (will not be released until v1.30)

    You can help translate at the Weblate

    If you need help, you can join Photon Translators Matrix room.

    Ask for as many clarifications as you need.


    • Be fluent in the language you're translating to.
    • No Google translate or other translation tools, as they are often inaccurate without context.
  • Big speed improvements and **infinite scroll** Comparing v1.30.4...v1.31.0-rc.1 · Xyphyn/photon

    A replacement for lemmy-ui with more features, a better design, and more customizability. - Comparing v1.30.4...v1.31.0-rc.1 · Xyphyn/photon

    Comparing v1.30.4...v1.31.0-rc.1 · Xyphyn/photon

    >This update is currently available on, with a tagged release coming soon. Post navigation is down by 65% and returning from posts is instant. > > ## What's Changed > * feat: add infinite scroll > - You can now scroll down infinitely without clicking next! > - As a bonus, returning from a post page is now instant. > - Of course, you can turn it off in settings. > - A virtual list is also used so that infinite posts can be loaded with no performance impact. > * feat: parse tags from title > - Tesseract dev and I had the same idea, [tags in brackets] in posts will automatically be converted to a badge/flair. You can click it to search for all posts with that tag in a community. > - I added options which let you choose flairs to blur posts of or hide. > * tweak link design > * improve smaller screen support > * codebase: move $profile to a derived, immutable store to improve consistency > * i18n: add new languages/update languages > - Chinese > - English > - Estonian > - French > - Finnish > - German > - Hebrew > - Portuguese > > * Update photon region by @DarrenOfficial in > * Remove empty space left by hideTitle by @sevonj in > * docs: Post component comments by @sevonj in > > > Full Changelog:

  • [Test Tag] [OC] [NSFL] [CW] test

    I'm working on adding a feature that will convert tags in the title to flairs, which you can add custom filters/rules to.

  • Big speed improvements and **infinite scroll** feat: add infinite scroll by Xyphyn · Pull Request #349 · Xyphyn/photon

    On certain pages, you will be able to scroll infinitely without clicking "next". Going back after viewing a post should restore your position and the posts you were viewing. As a bonus with this, g...

    feat: add infinite scroll by Xyphyn · Pull Request #349 · Xyphyn/photon

    Hey, I've been working on a few changes to photon that make it a lot faster to open posts and return, and as a result of these changes I can also make infinite scroll work. If you go to this link, Vercel will have commented on the post with a preview link. Those are basically the beta links.

    Preview Link

    Let me know of any bugs and any changes you'd like!

    Current roadmap

    • [x] Make this not duplicate posts in memory
    • [ ] Make this work on all posts
    • [x] Use a virtual list for better render performance
  • Photon is 1 year old!

    One year ago, on June 24, 2023, I saw the migration to Lemmy. I wanted to make something like libreddit, so I decided to mess with Lemmy's API. Lemmy became something I wanted to use daily, so I got to work, and I made the first commit:


    I started with something that reused components from another project of mine, Imagi. It looked awful and had no features. But, some people actually started using it, and I was motivated to continue this.

    After about a month 0.0.1 was released, with very basic features.

    One of the earliest Photon versions

  • I added a pull request that would fix navigation for me and probably many other people Added home, settings and explore menu entries back into sidebar by Tywele · Pull Request #336 · Xyphyn/photon

    I think the new navigation layout is too different from the old layout and messes up muscle memory and the frontpage button is also too far away and leads to too much mouse movement for a button th...

    Added home, settings and explore menu entries back into sidebar by Tywele · Pull Request #336 · Xyphyn/photon

    The only thing that's missing from the new navigation layout is in my opinion an easily accessible "Frontpage" button like there was in the old navigation layout. So I made a pull request to re add the Frontpage, Settings and Explore buttons back into the sidebar for easier access.

  • Double loading bug

    On ...

    the "random" thread loader runs twice.

    I am on a slow rural connection so it may not be noticeable in town.

    I go to read the first post, then page gets replaced by different posts.

    This does not happen on...

    I think there is yet another theme for blahaj, but have not tested it.

  • Will Photon consider add a view to feeds of comments?

    I feel currently Photon is the best web UI for lemmy, while Photon's front page only provides feeds of posts, but lemmy-ui or Alexandrite further provides feeds of comments. Personally I think feeds of comments are a good way to find interesting contents. Will Photon consider add such a feature?

  • Failed to fetch the page

    I have an issue with proton. I hosted the software on my own homeserver with portainer.

    Often it comes the failure "TypeError: NetworkError when attempting to fetch resource."

    when i try to upload images


    when I try to post something

    in photon. It doesnt work in Firefox (Mac) or Safari (iOS, MacOS).

    The instance is not the problem. It works with voyager.

  • **AMOLED** Photon theme

    This is great on OLED screens, the background is true black and darker colors are used in many spots. Orange is the accent color to not burn your eyes with blue light, but you can change it.


  • Photon v1.29.4 - Improvments to navigation

    New stuff

    • Revert the positions of most navigation buttons (Home on left, profile on right)
    • Add "adaptive" options to dock settings
      • This will make the dock's position (top, bottom, floating or not) change based on your screen size (it is now the default)
      • So on mobile, you'll have a bottom, floating dock but on desktop a top panel


    • Add autofocus to search bar #319
    • Don't hide titles on iframes #317
    • Add refresh button to inbox page #313
    • Dock covers sidebars as a top panel
    • Add maxlength to password form #312
  • Fixing Photon's navigation

    Update: Photon v1.29.4 has addressed these concerns. Let me know what you think here

    It seems the navigation is widely disliked by many people. I want Photon to be the most intuitive UI, so I'd like to fix this. Which of these should I do?

    A - Revert the positions of the items on the navigation bar (Profile on right, home on left)

    B - Have the default navigation be top on desktop

    C - Move some things out of the profile menu into the navbar.

    D - Revert the navbar entirely

    Or give any other ideas you have. These changes were pushed early because I did not see any pushback early in the betas.

    My only fear is that changing it back yet again will have ruined the muscle memory for both types of navigation.

    I'll be releasing some betas soon to adjust navigation and take in more feedback before committing.

  • New layout feels atrocious

    Why was "Profile", "Inbox" and "Saved" switched with "Home"? On a big screen "Home" is all the way in the top right corner even though it is an action that is used way more than viewing your profile, inbox and/or saved posts/comments?

    And there is no reason to have the menu that is accessed by your profile pic to be in the opposite corner. IMO this is all very unintuitive.

    At least return the home menu point to the left column menu. Please.

    It feels like these changes were mainly done for mobile and desktop was a bit forgotten.

  • Photon v1.29.0

    What's Changed

    • Redesign navigation
      • If you dislike the change, go to settings and press "Legacy Navigation Style". This will make the navigation similar to before
      • You can see 5 of the most recent posts and communities for quick access.
    • Use your accent color in more places
      • You can change your accent colors in the theme menu.
    • Improve design consistency
    • New font option
    • Change animation curves to be more bouncy
    • Add option to make featured posts more compact
    • Remove hooks.server.ts to make requests faster

    Full Changelog:

  • Thoughts on new floating bar?

    Been using photon for a while now and I really enjoy the minimalistic design!

    However, not user about this new floating bar, look very "phone" to me, and I dont really see the utility of having previously-visited posts and communities.

  • Gruvbox Theme

    I had it made by ChatGPT 3.5, so the theming is not perfect. I don't have the time to mess with this right now.

    If you are feeling generous, you may customize it and post the changes in the comment section of this post.

    json { "other": { "white": "#fbf1c7", "black": "#282828" }, "primary": { "100": "#ebdbb2", "900": "#282828" }, "zinc": { "50": "#ebdbb2", "100": "#d5c4a1", "200": "#bdae93", "300": "#a89984", "400": "#a89984", "500": "#a89984", "600": "#928374", "700": "#7c6f64", "800": "#665c54", "900": "#504945", "925": "#3c3836", "950": "#282828" }, "slate": { "25": "#ebdbb2", "50": "#d5c4a1", "100": "#bdae93", "200": "#a89984", "300": "#928374", "400": "#7c6f64", "500": "#665c54", "600": "#504945", "700": "#3c3836", "800": "#282828", "900": "#282828", "950": "#282828" } }


  • A new future for Photon

    Photon Announces Revamped Design

    We're thrilled to unveil a significant redesign of Photon, the user interface for the fediverse! Since its inception, Photon has strived to make the fediverse more accessible with a user-friendly design.

    Mono-Light addresses a key request from our community: increased information density. This redesign allows you to view more content at a glance, streamlining your fediverse experience.

    Here's a glance at our new design:


    As you can see, every UI element has been streamlined while still remaining beautiful. You can see so much more at once, with no sacrifice to usability. Got fat fingers? just cut a bit of it off.

    You can expect this new design to roll out by the end of today, April 1st.


    No offense to the mlmym devs. Photon users want a clean UI, while mlmym users want an information dense, old reddit like UI.

  • wfh WFH
    Dracula Theme for Photon (Dark mode only)

    A very minimalist theme, based on the amazing work of

    Red/orange: {"other":{"black":"#23252e","white":"#f8f8f2"},"primary":{"100":"#ff5555","900":"#ffb86c"},"zinc":{"50":"#f8f8f2","100":"#f8f8f2","200":"#ffb86c","300":"#f8f8f2","400":"#f8f8f2","500":"#ffb86c","700":"#23252e","800":"#23252e","900":"#23252e","925":"#282a36","950":"#282a36"},"slate":{}}

    Orange/yellow: {"other":{"black":"#23252e","white":"#f8f8f2"},"primary":{"100":"#ffb86c","900":"#f1fa8c"},"zinc":{"50":"#f8f8f2","100":"#f8f8f2","200":"#f1fa8c","300":"#f8f8f2","400":"#f8f8f2","500":"#f1fa8c","700":"#23252e","800":"#23252e","900":"#23252e","925":"#282a36","950":"#282a36"},"slate":{}}

    Green/Yellow: {"other":{"black":"#23252e","white":"#f8f8f2"},"primary":{"100":"#50fa7b","900":"#f1fa8c"},"zinc":{"50":"#f8f8f2","100":"#f8f8f2","200":"#f1fa8c","300":"#f8f8f2","400":"#f8f8f2","500":"#f1fa8c","700":"#23252e","800":"#23252e","900":"#23252e","925":"#282a36","950":"#282a36"},"slate":{}}

    Purple/pink: {"other":{"black":"#23252e","white":"#f8f8f2"},"primary":{"100":"#bd93f9","900":"#ff79c6"},"zinc":{"50":"#f8f8f2","100":"#f8f8f2","200":"#ff79c6","300":"#f8f8f2","400":"#f8f8f2","500":"#ff79c6","700":"#23252e","800":"#23252e","900":"#23252e","925":"#282a36","950":"#282a36"},"slate":{}}

    Synthwave: {"other":{"black":"#23252e","white":"#f8f8f2"},"primary":{"100":"#8be9fd","900":"#ff79c6"},"zinc":{"50":"#f8f8f2","100":"#f8f8f2","200":"#ff79c6","300":"#f8f8f2","400":"#f8f8f2","500":"#ff79c6","700":"#23252e","800":"#23252e","900":"#23252e","925":"#282a36","950":"#282a36"},"slate":{}}

  • wfh WFH
    Warm Dark Syntax Theme for Photon (Dark mode only)

    My favourite theme for Atom/Pulsar by colortom, now available for Photon ;)


    Edit: Fixed secondary accent color.

  • Everforest (green accent) like theme for Photon

    Based on the awesome job of documenting the stuff and applying it to solarized, I tried to do the same with my vim favorite theme: everforest. It's far from perfect (I'm not at all a designer), feel free to improve your way (and share updates in comments). The zinc theme is probably more refined because I use only this one, I tried to make slate match the palette but as I'm not using it it's more difficult.

    A screenshot: !

    { "other": { "white": "#FDF6E3", "black": "#002b36" }, "primary": { "100": "#A7C080", "900": "#8DA101" }, "zinc": { "50": "#D3C6AA", "100": "#A7C080", "200": "#DBBC7F", "300": "#D3C6AA", "400": "#D3C6AA", "500": "#D3C6AA", "600": "#4F585E", "700": "#4F585E", "800": "#425047", "900": "#232A2E", "925": "#2D353B", "950": "#2D353B" }, "slate": { "25": "#FDF6E3", "50": "#FDF6E3", "100": "#EFEBD4", "200": "#E0DCC7", "300": "#E0DCC7", "400": "#D3C6AA", "500": "#5C6A72", "600": "#5C6A72", "700": "#5C6A72", "800": "#5C6A72", "900": "#8DA101", "950": "#8DA101" } }

  • wfh WFH
    Solarized theme for Photon

    As there is no documentation (yet), I've done this by trial and error, feel free to tell me if stuff doesn't behave correctly :D

    Based on the amazing color scheme by Ethan Schoonover:


    For future reference, here's what I've gathered so far:

    Slate (LIGHT)

    • 25: Central window background
    • 50: Global background
    • 100: instance, background hover left bar, pictures background
    • 200: outlines
    • 300: buttons bottom outline
    • 400: ???
    • 500: instance
    • 600: sidebars text color, OP username, post date, reply button
    • 700: ???
    • 800: ???
    • 900: titles, comments, upvote/downvote buttons
    • 950: ???

    Zinc (DARK)

    • 50: ???
    • 100: titles, comments
    • 200: upvote/downvote buttons, settings comments
    • 300: post text
    • 400: sidebars text color
    • 500: user instance
    • 600: theme buttons outline (?)
    • 700: button top outline
    • 800: outlines, background hover left bar
    • 900: Buttons, instance, cards background
    • 925: Central window background
    • 950: Global background


    • 100 Main UI accent color - DARK
    • 900 Main UI accent color - LIGHT


    • Black: ??? Seems to always be black
    • White: card background - LIGHT
  • Nord theme for Photon

    I don't really like Nord themes so I won't personally use this but here you go:


  • Photon v1.28.0 - Themes!


    • Add custom theme support
      • Access from the settings page or clicking "Color scheme" in main menu
      • Instance themes are coming later
    • add pasting images directly into comments
    • fix sidebar collapsing stuff

    Try a theme

    To import/make a theme, go to settings > theming. You can also click "color scheme" in the main menu.

    I made a catppuccin theme for photon. Import this:


    and voila! This theme only changes dark mode colors right now.

  • Catppuccin for Photon

    This theme only works in dark theme for now

    Theme (importable in Photon v1.28.0+)


  • Photon v1.27.0

    This was mostly a bug fix and polish update

    • Fix assymetrical buttons on mobile
    • Make posts that fit maximum height expanded by default
    • Fix and close #248 (Highlighting text and clicking link should wrap text in link)
    • Add community and user banners
    • Performance: make docker server use bun instead of node
    • Migrate to Sveltekit 2
    • Improve post vote hitboxes
    • Add a loading spinner for photon instances where SSR is off
    • and more!

    Full Changelog:

  • [neutron POLL] this is a test poll


    🍏 apple ::: This is an example of option 1

    🍌 banana ::: This is an example of option 2

    🍊 orange ::: This is an example of option 3


  • Photon v1.25.0

    What's Changed

    • Add to the instance list by @ngn13 in
    • Upgrade mono-svelte to v0.4.3
    • Redesign main menu
    • Add icon and banners to admin config
    • Fix community settings button appearing when it shouldn't

    New Contributors

    • @ngn13 made their first contribution in

    Full Changelog:

  • Photon community has moved to

    The Photon community has moved from to, because it's getting difficult to have to keep my old instance online.

    All updates and questions should go here from now on!

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