xychan is a "chan-style" message board system like Wakaba, Kareha, Futaba, etc. Unlike these systems it's written in Python instead of a mess of Perl or PHP.

Actions speak louder than words. You can try it out here.

What is this, really?

A "chan board" is a message board that allows for Anonymous posting. Users can post messages without registering for an account or even entering a name. However, there are means for them to authenticate themselves and "prove" their identify if they so desire.

Another focus is the ability of users to post images. One image can be included with every post. A thumbnail of the image appears with the post.

Design Goals

xychan is designed to be:


This is BETA quality software. It is not yet stable. It changes a lot.


How do I run it? - the EASY way (cgi)

How do I run it? - the SMART way


xychan is Free Software available under the GPL3 (GNU General Public License v3).

Those wanting to make closed-source commercial forks should contact me.

Why is it called xychan?

Characters typed at random.