SiloRider is a command-line utility that lets you implement the POSSE model on a website. This is how it works:
- It reads your website’s main page (or whatever URL you supply) and looks for Microformats markup.
- It reads a configuration file where you describe which “silos” (i.e. external services) you want to post your content to.
- It reads a local cache file to figure out which content has already been posted where, so it only posts new content.
- It actually posts that content to each silo.
Right now, the following silos are supported:
- Mastodon: an open, federated social network and microblogging service.
- Twitter: a proprietary social network and microblogging service.
- Print: a debug silo that just prints entries in the console.
You can install SiloRider like any other Python tool:
pip install silorider
You can then check it installed correctly with:
You can also install from source by cloning the Git or Mercurial repository and running:
pip install -e /path/to/silorider/repo
SiloRider will need to read a configuration file in INI format. The minimum
requirement is to define at least one “silo” using a
This defines one Mastodon silo to which you want to cross-post entries from
your blog at
You can then run:
silorider auth my_mastodon
This command will authenticate your Mastodon account and provide SiloRider with
the permission to post to your timeline. The authorization tokens are stored in
a cache file that defaults to
silorider.db, next to the configuration file.
Later, this cache will also contain the list of entries already posted to each
Once authenticated, you can run:
This will populate the cache with the existing entries, since you probably don’t want the first run of SiloRider to cross-post your last dozen or so entries in one go.
Later, when you post something new, you can then run:
This will pick up the new entries and post them to Mastodon. You can run this command again regularly… if there’s something new, SiloRider will cross-post it to the configured silos. If not, it will just exit.