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Basic HTTP gateway to save articles to Instapaper

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instapaper-sender provides an web server that will take URLs and send them to Instapaper via email. This makes it easier to add articles to your reading list from devices that lack an Instapaper app, for example, the Kindle.

Note that the web service runs unauthenticated: if someone finds your server address, they can add whatever they want to your reading list!


Install Stack and run stack build.


Obtain an email account on a service that supports SMTP with SSL (for example, Yandex Mail).

Copy the included config.example.json and fill out the settings:

  "http": {
    "port": <port for the HTTP server to listen on>
  "smtp": {
    "host": "<SMTP host to connect to>",
    "port": <SMTP port to connect on>,
    "username": "<SMTP username to authenticate with>",
    "password": "<SMTP password to authenticate with>",
    "from": "<email address for the From field>"
  "instapaper": {
    "email": "<your unique Instapaper email address>"

All fields are mandatory. The Instapaper email address for your account can be found on this page.

Start the server, via stack exec -- instapaper-sender or by setting up the compiled executable as a daemon (see the sample systemd unit file).

instapaper-sender expects to be forwarded requests from a reverse proxy setup like Nginx (see the sample Nginx configuration). It will look for the forwarded IP address in the HTTP headers when producing log output.

Once you're all set up, navigate to http://<your instapaper-sender address>/<url> to send <url> to your reading list.


Copyright (C) 2017 Michael Smith <[email protected]>

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Affero General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the instapaper-sender README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.