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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.


Tony wrote 06/22/2020 at 02:50 point

Does anyone knows how to hack Rigol DP831? Can I use the same instructions DP832 uses? Are they same, just different firmware?

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FERNANDORICCIARDI wrote 06/21/2020 at 15:26 point

bom dia

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Andrew Clapp wrote 06/17/2020 at 19:12 point

I'd like to help contribute another code snippet / syntax highlight scheme for Forth code.  I tried every available option, and they all look the same.  Anyone know if this would be something I can help get started, or help out for  There's a good forth.vim for vim editors that looks pretty nice.

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Bharbour wrote 12/20/2019 at 17:28 point

Something that would be really useful to display is the data that a project was created, preferable somewhere up around the title of the project. There are a lot of dead/abandoned projects and having a creation date on it would make it easier to recognize them.

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Ken Yap wrote 12/20/2019 at 21:09 point

It's displayed, along with the last update date, but not very visible near the bottom of the LH column content. It really should be more prominent, near the top.

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Bharbour wrote 12/20/2019 at 23:27 point

Thanks, it is well hidden

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Lex Kravitz wrote 12/21/2019 at 17:57 point

I second this!  It is very well hidden I wasn't even aware it was there until seeing this comment.  Please put it up at the top near the title, thanks!

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Wassim wrote 01/05/2019 at 10:38 point

I love the Code snippets, I believe that they help show that the black magic of a project is not that secret. Unfortunately, they have very weird coloring (c++), and colors update differently for different integers when you edit.

The non-html editor also feels like you have a collaborator working with you deleting lines and images when you simply decide to delete the preceding line or title.

The non-html editor do have potential and great features, its table management is even better than that of goog-docs.

I love posting things on hackaday as a blog, more of such features or their enhancement would be wonderful.

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dumpatrump wrote 12/31/2018 at 23:26 point

what can I make with the space heater motor I disassembled?

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dumpatrump wrote 12/31/2018 at 23:06 point

Query: Currently disassembling electronics in garage to harvest components. Took two DC 700 RPM motors from cordless drills, saw DIY video on making small DC to AC generator with belt and 12v battery. So, if I power it with the 12v lithium battery pack and then hardwire the battery pack into the output for charging it, will it be a feasibly self-sustaining power source?

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perry wrote 01/04/2019 at 23:24 point

No, most definitely not. There is no such thing as a self sustaining power source.

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Larry Roberts wrote 09/03/2019 at 12:16 point

Self sustaining uhhh that's not true my friend. The sun is a self-sustaining energy source... I hate boundaries... They are so Edison. Ya gotta think like Tesla in order to be like Tesla... I'd say he is on the right track so test it out see if it works keep trying till you figure it out...just never give up.

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101208 wrote 07/16/2018 at 02:14 point

very appreciate here in hackaday..overwhelming ]

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N7PB OldNormanBates wrote 10/16/2017 at 09:51 point

Ham Radio Qrp, SDR

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Chris wrote 10/14/2017 at 14:57 point

How do I make my project show up under "All Projects" ( I've made it public, but it doesn't appear when I sort by newest. I can find it with the search.

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wkpsahl wrote 10/13/2017 at 16:30 point

how do I edit project logs??

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davedarko wrote 10/13/2017 at 16:34 point

Click on the title of a log, this will lead you to a "single log" page, above the title is an [edit project log - delete project log] link.

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wkpsahl wrote 10/13/2017 at 21:47 point

Thankyou I don't know how I was overlooking that! lol

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Bharbour wrote 07/28/2017 at 13:34 point

Is there any way to delete messages from your private message list?

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West wrote 06/25/2017 at 05:16 point

What does one do when they join a team for one of the projects?

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Ryan Clarke wrote 06/22/2017 at 01:40 point

Is there anyway to use Markdown on

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reza rizky ananda wrote 06/20/2017 at 05:44 point

sorry, mmm, can, a teen join a HACK.DAY

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Bharbour wrote 06/19/2017 at 16:18 point

Is it possible to put a zip or tar file with source code up for a project?

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Morning.Star wrote 06/19/2017 at 16:44 point

Yes, just hit the Document button and browse for the ZIP. I dont know about Tar, I havent tried but Zips do upload. :-)
You can put anything you like in the Upload section of your project.

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Bharbour wrote 06/19/2017 at 17:12 point

The Document button shows up in the "Team Room", I just want to put this in the regular project section. Also, I don't see zip as a legal format in the Team Room choices.

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Morning.Star wrote 06/20/2017 at 05:59 point

OK :-)

No, that doesnt work I'm afraid. You have 1GB of upload space per project, you can put anything you like in there.

Zip doesnt appear in the list, but it does work. Just change the list filter to All Files for them to show up. I've used it to send zips to some of my team containing vector graphic templates that wont upload. You can use zip like a wrapper for anything this way.

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Bharbour wrote 06/20/2017 at 17:34 point

I figured the problem out. I run Noscript with Firefox. It allows very fine grain control of who can run scripts on your machine. You must have Amazon-AWS enabled to be able to upload files, and it does not show up until late in the process.

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Morning.Star wrote 06/21/2017 at 06:56 point

That caught me out too, once. ;-) I uploaded a file and it didnt appear. I havent managed to repeat it...

At the bottom of the details section of the project, where it says 'Add Files' there is a button. Use this to bring up the files page and add the zip file from that.

These files should be visible to everyone. From my side, your project doesnt appear to have any files - my guess is it didnt upload correctly.

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Bharbour wrote 06/04/2017 at 14:45 point

How do you get your project added to relevant lists?

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Benchoff wrote 06/04/2017 at 17:22 point

What list? PM whoever is in charge of the list.

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Bharbour wrote 06/04/2017 at 20:48 point


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2006softail2006 wrote 05/21/2017 at 22:34 point

how do I search for something specific like an emp for slot machines or vending machines

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Mr.ip-0ne wrote 05/13/2017 at 17:06 point

why the search of hackaday isn't working?

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lantramnamcodon wrote 05/08/2017 at 15:06 point

why the search bar of hackaday isn't working?

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ActualDragon wrote 05/08/2017 at 15:32 point

try posting to #Feedback -

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