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Hacker News in your terminal

Project description

Hacker news in your terminal.

Don’t be worry about your IP. Pyhn is not aggressive, it uses cache.

  • Cache manager

  • Customize all the colors

  • Customize all the keybinds

  • Default vim-like keybindings

  • Compatible with Top, Ask, Show and Job stories

  • Auto refresh support

  • Play nice with tmux and screen (over ssh too!)

  • Open storiers in your commandline web browser

  • Mouse support

  • Easily installable

  • Easily hackable

  • Ultra fast

  • Python 2 and 3

  • MIT license


Using pip:

pip install pyhn

Run it:


Arch Linux

pyhn is available in the AUR.


Use help for all key bindings:

  • h, ?: Print help popup


By default, configuration file is in your $HOME/.pyhn/config. You can set key bindings, colors and more.

This is an example file:

open_story_link = S,enter
show_story_link = s
open_comments_link = C
show_comments_link = c
open_user_link = U
show_user_link = u
up = j
down = k
page_up = ctrl d
page_down = ctrl u
first_story = g
last_story = G
refresh = r,R
reload_config = ctrl r,ctrl R

newest_stories = n
top_stories = t
best_stories = b
show_stories = d
show_newest_stories = D
ask_stories = a
jobs_stories = J

cache = /home/socketubs/.pyhn/cache
cache_age = 5
# Refresh interval in minutes (default: 5. minimum: 1)
refresh_interval = 5
browser_cmd = __default__

body = default|
focus = white,bold|dark cyan
footer = black|light gray
footer-error = dark red,bold|light gray
header = black,bold|light gray
title = dark red,bold|light gray
help = black,standout|dark cyan


  • cache_age is a minute indicator which say to CacheManager when cache is outdated

  • browser_cmd is a bash command which will be use to open links


browser_cmd = lynx __url__
browser_cmd = __default__
browser_cmd = w3m __url__
browser_cmd = echo "[INFO] Open with w3m: __url__" >> /tmp/pyhn.log && w3m __url__

Key bindings

You can set different key bindings for same action with a comma separator. Take a look at urwid input manual.


Colors options are designed like that: foreground|background|monochrome.


  • colors: ‘default’ (use the terminal’s default foreground), ‘black’, ‘dark red’, ‘dark green’, ‘brown’, ‘dark blue’, ‘dark magenta’, ‘dark cyan’, ‘light gray’, ‘dark gray’, ‘light red’, ‘light green’, ‘yellow’, ‘light blue’, ‘light magenta’, ‘light cyan’, ‘white’

  • settings: ‘bold’, ‘underline’, ‘blink’, ‘standout’


  • colors: ‘default’ (use the terminal’s default background), ‘black’, ‘dark red’, ‘dark green’, ‘brown’, ‘dark blue’, ‘dark magenta’, ‘dark cyan’, ‘light gray’


  • settings : ‘bold’, ‘underline’, ‘blink’, ‘standout’

For more informations you can take a look at urwid manual.


License is MIT. See LICENSE.

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