Drawpile in the Browser

Feb. 27, 2024 by askmeaboutloom

Drawpile's web browser version is still in development, but it's working and usable at this point. It's been enabled on pub.drawpile.net for sessions with a password. Sessions without a password do not allow it at this time.

You can use it on just about any device. Chrome-based browsers work best, Firefox on Windows does too. It also works on Safari on iPad.

There's also other communities that let you host sessions accessible via the browser, take a look at the communities page the see which ones do!


Invite links will automatically include a button to join via web browser if appropriate. When you host a session, Drawpile will automatically prompt you to copy the invite link. If you closed that dialog, you can get it back through Session → Invite or using the Invite button above the user list in the chat.

You have to use at Drawpile version 2.2.1 or later for it to give you such an invite link. You can find your version under Help → About Drawpile. If it's too old, head to the download page to grab a more recent one.

If you run into problems or find a bug with the browser version take a look at the help page on how to get in contact or report it!

Server Setup

If you have your own dedicated Drawpile server, you can enable web browser support on it. You only need to do this if you have your own server, it's not if you just want to host a session! If you're not sure if you have your own server: you don't.

Update drawpile-srv to least version 2.2.1 and follow the instructions on the WebSocket server setup. The the all-in-one Docker setup includes the WebSocket configuration in the most recent version, so if you update that, you'll get it automatically.

If you're having trouble getting this working, refer to the help page on how to get in contact.

The web browser version is not available if you're hosting "on this computer", it requires a properly set-up dedicated server.