Files and folders published (shared) to CoCalc’s share server are viewable by the public with no login required.
To see CoCalc files that people have shared, browse to https://cocalc.com/share. You can search for text in the title and contents of shared files using the search box at upper right. You can sort the list of files by any of the columns listed, in increasing or decreasing order, by clicking in the column headings.
For your convenience, note the input box at the top of the browsable documents list: “Share what you create in CoCalc or paste a URL from anywhere on the web of a notebook, GitHub repo, or markdown file”.
There is also a preview at the CoCalc home page, allowing people who are just learning about CoCalc to view a sample of shared files:
When you select a shared folder, you get a view of the contents. Click “Edit” to copy a shared file or folder to a project that you own or collaborate on.
You can make individual files and folders public. First, do either of the following:
With the file open, click the lock icon at upper right. Note: if you see the bullhorn icon instead of the lock, that means your file is already shared; you could click it to change sharing settings.
In the Files listing for your project, check the box in the leftmost column for your file, and click Share. You can also select more than one file in order to share them together (e.g. an HTML page that includes images)
After either of these steps, you can see the “Share” dialog.
You may enter a description for the file being shared,
Make item public and your file is shared.
In addition to the above settings, you may specify an optional public file name. Setting this name provides much nicer URL’s for shared public documents. See Vanity URLs below to learn more.
You can now make it so
https://cocalc.com/wstein) lists all of the documents you have shared
CoCalc lets you assign a username, project names, and file names, so that you can create links to shared files that are easy to type and remember.
Set your username in Account Preferences.
Set your project name in Project Settings.
Set your file name as shown in Publishing Files.
If you set all these you get a nice url, e.g., https://cocalc.com/wstein/support/examples
With that link, a read-only copy of your file is available on the CoCalc share server. Files on the share server are indexed by Google unless you click the checkbox next to “Unlisted: Only allow those with a link to view this.”.
You can star shared public files on the share server and see everything you starred here: https://cocalc.com/stars.
When you click “Star”, the count increases by one and the prompt changes to “Starred”. You can undo the operation by clicking “Starred”, after which the star count will decrease by one.
CoCalc’s share server offers a simple way to share fully-rendered Jupyter notebooks and certain other file types in gists and github repositories. All you need is a URL to the gist or repository you want to share. Rendered document sharing is done by means of URL proxying (see Notes on URL proxying below).
The URL schema is exactly the same as what https://nbviewer.org uses, i.e., github/<github url> and gist/[github user]/[gist id].
The main differences are:
You can put a URL to any file CoCalc can render or edit in a github repository, and you’ll see it:
Here’s a markdown file: https://cocalc.com/github/sagemathinc/cocalc/blob/master/README.md which nbviewer doesn’t render (it only renders ipynb).
Here’s a whiteboard: https://cocalc.com/github/williamstein/scratch/blob/main/2022-06-27-ws.board
And a Sage worksheet: https://cocalc.com/github/williamstein/scratch/blob/main/2022-06-30-061806.sagews
When you click Edit (analogue of mybinder for some nbviewer content), the content is copied to a project in CoCalc and you can use it. E.g., Sage notebooks actually work, since Sage is installed. The mybinder flakiness is avoided. Also, all content is editable, not just content that has been setup to work with mybinder.
Editing whole git repositories isn’t implemented yet. In CoCalc, any time anybody views one of these URL proxies in the share server, a new entry is created in the list of shared documents starting at https://cocalc.com/share/public_paths/page/1
Anybody can star a document shared in this way, to make it easy to come back to it later (via https://cocalc.com/stars), and also to signify that it is interesting.
See also the initial implementation comment in the CoCalc sources.
You can share files from a free CoCalc account. At one time, the Internet access upgrade was required in order to share files; this is no longer the case.
If your document depends on auxiliary files (e.g., images embedded in a markdown file) make sure these auxiliary files are also published. A convenient way to do this is to have auxiliary files in a common folder and share that folder.
Serving raw files: you can host arbitrary html, etc. through the share server. Files can be viewed in “raw” form, i.e. without CoCalc controls, by opening in the share server and clicking “Raw” at upper right.
Interactive elements that use server processes, such as notebooks with Jupyter widgets and worksheets with Sage
@interact, will not operate in files viewed from the share server. That is because documents on the share server are truly static. There is no kernel or Sage server running in the background to facilitate any sort of interactive computing. Controls that run completely in the browser work when served from the share server, for example 3d plots like this cardioid.