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Your Hackaday Profile is the best way to express yourself. Fill it out completely so people can learn more about you.

Basic profile info

When you first sign up to, we ask you to enter some basic info about yourself such as: your username (which becomes your vanity url), location, a word or two about yourself, tags for others to find you easily, and external links to your profiles on other networks. You can always change these by going to Edit my Profile

My Projects & Projects I contribute to

When you Add a Project, it will appear on your profile under the section My Projects available under profile drop-down menu. We'll highlight only the most liked projects and the rest will be visible by clicking on View all projects.

We highly encourage collaboration. That's why we have a contributors list when creating projects. If you are part of a project, we'll highlight that project on your profile.

Things I've built

You can tell users about your projects in two ways: by adding a project, or by listing them on your Things I've Built section. This section is for projects that you don't have enough material to document. All you have to do is upload one small image and write a brief summary about your project.

My pages

Whenever you have something to say to the world, or just want to rant, you can Create a Page about it. Think of this section as your personal blog. Like projects and profiles, pages also have comments feature.


You can be mentioned by or mention another user by using the '@' followed by username of the user. Mentions can be made in many areas across the Site, such as: Comments, Messages, project logs, Details, Stack etc. If a user mentions you anywhere on the site (except Messages), you will be notified via email and on your Private Feed.


It's 2016. There was no way we could name this guestbook. Write a bit on your profile, on other's profiles, say something useful or give feedback.

What are you working on? What cool things have you built? Document them, share with the universe, get feedback, find collaborators.

Basic project info

When adding a project, we ask you to enter some basic details like name of the project, photos, a short description, tags so people can discover your project, external links (i.e. project homepage, GitHub, social links, etc.) and team members.

When you add team members to your project, these members will be able to update some parts of your project page, like the project logs. They will also appear on the Team section of the project page. Fellow users who would like to contribute can also request you to join.

Private Projects

You can create your project in private mode if you are not yet ready to show it to the world. A project can be made private by simply changing the tag inside Edit project page to 'PRIVATE'. All projects are public by default.


The project details section is where you can write everything about your project. Most people use this section to explain how their builds work.

Project logs

Logs are a great way to keep your project followers up to date. It logs the progress of a project from start to finish.


The components list is an easy way to show all the parts/items you used in your project. It also lets you add the quantity of parts used.

Build Instructions

If you feel like sharing how to build your project in a step by step guide, Instructions is the tool you are looking for.


As the name suggests, the project discussions section is where visitors can leave feedback or ask questions. This section is available for individual logs and Build Instructions of a project too. Whenever someone leaves a comment, you'll get an email notification (assuming you did not disable email notifications) and you'll see it on your Private Feed.


Any project can be mentioned by using the '#' followed by the project name. If your project is mentioned, you will be notified on your Private Feed and via email. Projects can be mentioned in all the areas where users can be mentioned.


If there's one place you want to go to view all media related to a project, this is it. You can view, share and download images and videos of a project by clicking on 'View Gallery' right below the main project photo.

You can follow projects and people on to stay up to date. Just look for the Follow button on the project page or the person's profile.

When you follow someone, you'll see activities from them on your Private Feed page. This works the same for other user's projects; follow the ones you like and you'll know about any updates to the project, the addition of new build logs, etc.

Just saw a cool project? Like it! Likes are a way of saying "This project is cool". If you collect more likes, your project will eventually have more visibility. Users can sort projects by 'Most liked' in the project listing page. uses Redactor editor to make editing easy. It is a toolbar that is available as you scroll down the page. All options have helpful tool-tips.

Features of the editor are:


You can turn any text into a link by using the context menu. To do this, simply select the text, and click on the link icon of the context editor.


As with links, you can add images from the context menu. But a simpler way is to just drag and drop images from your device!

Copy & Paste

One of the coolest things about the editor is that you can copy any styled text from another page (i.e. your blog) and paste it to Project Details, Logs or similar pages and it'll match our styling. This should work perfectly in most cases, but be sure to double check before publishing your content.

One small thing about copy & paste: if you do this from a page with images, your images will not be uploaded to Instead they would be linked to the original page. In most cases, this is not a problem but if something happens to the original page, your images won't be visible on either. To prevent this, you may want to add your images manually.


Have a video you want to add to your project or page? If it's hosted on YouTube or Vimeo, simply get the URL of your video and paste it in the editor when you are adding your content. After pasting the URL, pressing Enter will turn the link into an embedded video.

Code snippets

A code snippet can be added by clicking on the code icon and choosing the language. This can later be edited as well.


There are many options for styling your text. The styling options can be applied after entering the text. Options such as bold, italic, headers, tables and lists are available for representation. Separators and 'Read More' are available for organizing the text well.


Бранислав Сантрач wrote 05/06/2017 at 20:29 point

add me :) nice 

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gonzal13 wrote 10/01/2017 at 05:59 point

Branislav Santrač Први пут на овој веб страници. Где се налазите?

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why there isn't my project in newest project section?

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ikedubaku wrote 10/24/2016 at 09:05 point

nice site .  I like to know if there is spmeone here knows about LCD for TVs

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David J. Sandoval wrote 09/18/2016 at 17:47 point

I have made many electronic projects, it is my passion and gradually I'll go up some

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David J. Sandoval wrote 09/18/2016 at 17:44 point

i am new to social networking and my English is not very good but I think hckaday is fabulous and I really like

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maltee wrote 09/18/2016 at 00:09 point

how safe is it hackday?

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from memory : hacking is changing something from something to something that the author did not originally intend.

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lantramnamcodon wrote 09/12/2016 at 10:54 point

hacking is inactivity the protect mechanism or using security hole.

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Richard De St Croix wrote 09/11/2016 at 16:10 point

Hacking is not a perjorative term, its a functional description. It means using your understanding of the technology you're engaged with to make it do what you want. It's that simple. 

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 09/05/2016 at 18:19 point

Are you confusing hackers and script kiddies ?

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ewaoles.200 wrote 07/12/2016 at 12:58 point


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ewaoles.200 wrote 07/12/2016 at 12:58 point


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shmueln wrote 07/11/2016 at 01:15 point

@Stuart Longland So 'Hacking' is a mindset, while 'Cracking' is something like a method?

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shmueln wrote 07/11/2016 at 13:29 point

Oh, sorry, thank you very much.

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lordcactus wrote 09/07/2016 at 14:08 point

Hacking, cracking, or otherwise aren't 'mindsets', 'ideologies' or an otherwise subjective activity. To hack something is literally to break it down to basic components and fit it back together in a way that works differently to its original intention. 'cracking', if you're talking about cryptographic cracking, is finding a key that matches your md5 encrypted data to get something like this. 

5ae9b7f211e23aac3df5f2b8f3b8eada / *KEY* for algorithm = "Crypto" (the ascii encrypted


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lantramnamcodon wrote 09/10/2016 at 14:09 point

please don't delete my account.However,this site is not enough of security to been hacked by another hackers.

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Michael Doody wrote 09/10/2016 at 18:27 point

I respectfully disagree. It's very simple. Hacking is gaining access to information that one is not entitled to and cracking is gaining access to a product that one is not entitled to.  Let's not elevate hacking and cracking to noble status.  Besides being pretentious, it would take away all the fun...

Doing cool and legal  things with technology is something that hackers and crackers also gravitate to, ergo the reason for this web site.

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Jonathan Kelly wrote 09/11/2016 at 00:21 point

In my youth hacking meant something different again.  It was often as much hardware as software and referred to modifying, experimenting or using technology in novel ways.  It didn't imply illegality or anti-social behaviour.

Over time the meaning of the term has morphed.  Which I find sad because the word conjures for me images of activity that need to be celebrated - the art and skill and imagination of taking bits and pieces (and ideas) from one piece of technology,  joining them together in ways no-one had really thought about, to do something clever or new or elegant.   You hacked stuff together.  You hacked a solution up to a problem.   You hacked code or equipment (or both) to make it do something new.  It could be individuals sitting at home, students at universtities or engineers employed by a company that hacked stuff.

 That is how much of the mainstream technology we use today evolved and came about, by people hacking stuff.  Think personal computers, radio, radio astronomy, the mouse and graphical interfaces (read the book "What the Dormouse Said").  They were all individuals or groups who were 'hacking' in the original sense of the word.

Long may the activity described by the original meaning of the word reign! :)

I feel this site pays homage to that meaning of the word.

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anarchyclrk666 wrote 07/09/2016 at 06:34 point


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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 07/08/2016 at 19:35 point

Is it me or somebody else noticed the recent surge in "stupid hacking" newbies/wannabes on this page ?

The first few are fun. Then it gets creepy.

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 07/08/2016 at 23:28 point

but these last days, it's getting out of hand.
Has a link to this page been posted on a "crackers" forum ?

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K.C. Lee wrote 07/09/2016 at 01:50 point

Kinda lost your street cred if you have to *ask* how to crack.  What happens to self taught and know how to find the info on your own?

It is one of those if you have to ask, you don't and won't get it.  That applies to *both* definitions.  Thinking outside of the box isn't for everyone.

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shmueln wrote 07/10/2016 at 10:31 point

I never did get the difference, could you please explain it to me?

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Karl S wrote 07/10/2016 at 22:21 point

@shmueln Cracking is defeating (breaking) a system (or part thereof) of some sort in some way that you're not allowed to – usually security measures in the system (e.g. DRM) or the system itself (e.g. denial of service). Hacking on the other hand, while commonly used to mean the same thing, originates from (and is used here) for modifying a system (or part thereof) so that it does something other than what it was originally intended to do – often with plenty of rough edges, and usually in a way that you are allowed to do. I'm going to guess that cracking gets called hacking because "hacking" was in use first and there is some overlap between the definitions.

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K.C. Lee wrote 07/09/2016 at 03:02 point

Looking at the time frame for those questions, probably summer holidays for the school kiddies.

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ashley bird wrote 07/09/2016 at 05:32 point

Must be.

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shmueln wrote 07/10/2016 at 10:37 point

On the bright side: the don't all have usernames that are just variants of 'Anonymous'.

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shmueln wrote 07/10/2016 at 10:37 point

On the bright side: the don't all have usernames that are just variants of 'Anonymous'.

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Thomas Smith wrote 07/08/2016 at 15:42 point

Darn straight....  If you're gonna hack that way, gotta use a dull machete...

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Stephen wrote 07/04/2016 at 06:45 point

This seems to be the place for this question. It seems thet anything goes. Lets say I wanted to cut all the way across a piece if electrical tape in about 10 seconds. What power laser would I need? Please don't suggest that scissors or an Xacto knife is quicker. B-)

I'm trying to get a feel for how powerful these things are. Could I focus a strong white LED light and do the same thing?

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johnowhitaker wrote 07/07/2016 at 16:41 point

100mW if focused really well. 250mW would be easier. And as for the white light... no, not really. Laser light really lends itself to focusing, while the light from bright LEDs isn't coherent - when you try to focus it, you still won't get such a tight spot.

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harayz wrote 07/04/2016 at 04:37 point

can i make bluetooth keyboard use usb to connect instead?

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vs.matija wrote 07/03/2016 at 18:20 point

can sombody help my about alarm system ?

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harayz wrote 07/04/2016 at 04:34 point

how can i help your about alarm system?

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lantramnamcodon wrote 07/03/2016 at 09:39 point

jmansweetboy,we can control the ram and control the congestion so how could you make it simple like that? 

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Stephen wrote 07/02/2016 at 16:35 point

You make it sound so simple. Do you want to hack: Cars, boats, planes, trains, computers, people, irrigation systems, solar panels, cpu, mpu, power generators, adhesives, solvents, paint, lighting systems, audio, video, green houses... Or just a sub-system of one of those, or countless others. Life is hacking, if you do it right. Learning, and learning how to change or make stuff. Not just learning how it works, but why it works. Or just throwing crap together to see what happens. It's ALL hacking. If someone comes up with a complete definition, that's fully inclusive, and not the size of an encyclopedia, I might read it. 'Till then; I'd say, Learning how to use your own brain to work stuff out, although glib, is the best short answer.

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