Unlisted REPLs - Hide your REPLs until you're ready to share them!
Works for everyone with free accounts, not just HACKER plans.
For those using the free version of Repl.it, all REPLs you create are listed as public and all other users can browse and copy your work. This has been the case even for unnamed REPLs you create; all visible under your public profile...until now.
An Unlisted REPL is different than the Private REPL available through the Hacker plan. Private REPLs cannot be viewed by others, even if you have a link to the REPL. An Unlisted REPL can be viewed by anyone who has the link, but since it can't be found on your public profile, only those you give the link to can access it.
I'll describe how it works below, but there's a catch - You have to keep the default name of the Unnamed REPL that you create, so I created a program to help. The REPL in this post is a 'Confidential Unlisted REPL Directory' for all your Unlisted REPLs. Fork or copy it and use it as your own. Even when visible in your profile, others will not be able to see the contents of the directory. Create as many unlisted REPLs as you like and organize them all with this directory.
How to create an Unlisted REPL:
Step 1 - Create a new UNNAMED REPL, but not using the common method of clicking the blue '+' button (this will result in another public REPL). From the selection options on the left side of the web page, choose the 'Languages' option.
Step 2 - Locate and click on the language that you would like to program your new REPL in. REPLs created using this method will not show up in your public profile. Begin programming as usual. Do not edit the default name, or it will become public.
Step 3- Return to the main menu and open your folder of REPLs. The new REPL you just created will be located in the 'Unamed ()' Folder. For convenience, from the main folder list, create a new folder called 'Unlisted Repls' or similar, and move your new REPL out of the unnamed folder. This will help you keep track of REPLs that you created using the unlisted method.
Step 4- Use the attached REPL in this post and add your new REPL to the directory so you can keep track of the random names.
Step 5- Log out of your Repl.it account and navigate to your public profile to verify that your newly created REPL doesn't show up in the list.
Please Note: While following these steps on the Repl.it website may result in unlisted REPLs today, this may not always be the case. Be aware that Repl.it could change how your REPLs are displayed in your profile at any time.
Hey, Repl.it person here
All unnamed repls are not listed on your profile. However, they are exposed to SEO and crawlers through other means. Moreover, the repls are still accessible to other users if they get a hold of the URL. I encourage you not to store any sensitive information on there outside of the .env file.
I don't know how the Replit website makes them unlisted, I just know that it does. If you want to know how the website works, you'll have to contact a Replit web developer.
lol i have hacker, i thought everybody knew that unnamed REPLs don't show up on your public profile
I see what you're doing here, but aren't you making it easier to find people's Repls? Since they're stored in an even more compact place than normal?
(btw, you mentioned hacker; I lost my hacker plan this month)