Stack Mobile is about to get a breath of fresh air. I've just moved it to a brand new server with a blazing fast SSD.

Note: it may take up to a day or two for DNS changes to propagate.




Stack Mobile is a mobile-friendly front-end to all of the sites in the Stack Exchange network. It has a number of handy features that make browsing the sites easy and hassle-free. Here are just a few of them:

  • Full access to all questions, answers, comments, tags, and users on all Stack Exchange sites including ones that are in private beta.
  • Full question, user, and tag search capability.
  • The ability to easily switch between Stack Mobile and the equivalent page on the main site.
  • View tags and tag wiki excerpts as well as questions with certain tags.
  • View user profiles including a user's top five questions / answers.


Stack Mobile is released under the GPLv3.


The site should be accessible to virtually any phone browser.
I have tested with the following:

  • Android 2.2
  • webOS 1.4.1
  • Opera Mini 6.5

It was reported by a few of people that the site works perfectly on iPhone/iPad/iPod and BlackBerry. However, it is always nice to hear from people that the site displays fine on their phone.


Email me at admin@quickmediasolutions.com


The source code for Stack Mobile is available on GitHub:

  • I have now put the API key into place. Feel free to browse the site now. – Nathan Osman May 20 '10 at 19:20
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    OMG... love it... seriously. Thanks so much! – Cristian May 20 '10 at 22:07
  • You need to HTMLEncode the Title on this page: m.stackoverflow.quickmediasolutions.com/question_list.php – Espo May 21 '10 at 8:32
  • Very cool, somewhat curious though - in chrome the application seems happy to shrink-width all the way down to single-word, but in the android browser, it seems to have a min-width of about 2 portrait screens. I wish I could tell you why this is. – NSherwin May 24 '10 at 8:39
  • How does one use this with ServerFault? – Mark Henderson May 24 '10 at 23:01
  • @Farseeker: You will be able to shortly... I'm working on it. – Nathan Osman May 25 '10 at 2:41
  • Cool. I'll keep an eye on this question – Mark Henderson May 25 '10 at 4:25
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    Nice. 1 suggestion - mobile apps should have short URL's. – Techboy May 27 '10 at 11:20
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    +1 It works fine on iPhone OS as well. – Dave DeLong May 29 '10 at 23:54
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    Well, the new site is up. Please try it out and let me know what you think! – Nathan Osman Jun 19 '10 at 22:50
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    this is beautiful, good work. – Chet Feb 2 '12 at 20:39
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    The site is hacked.. please check and rectify. i saw a different website at 12:38 IST. Wrote and email to you as well. – Futur Mar 13 '12 at 7:13
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    I'm getting API errors everywhere(Can't even select a site) – nanofarad Jun 6 '12 at 12:08
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    @ObsessiveFOSS: Unfortunately the app has become too popular for its own good :P So many people are using it that it exceeds the rate limit for API requests and the API blocks the app for a few hours. – Nathan Osman Jun 6 '12 at 17:13
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    Is this app still supported? I keep getting generic/unhelpful "An API error has occurred." pages. If it's still a quota thing (in addition to the too vague messages), people have successfully requested and received extra quota for their apps. ... In view of "Note: this project is no longer actively maintained.", perhaps we should tag this obsolete, to reduce disappointment and confusion. – Brock Adams Mar 4 '19 at 22:01

One margin is enough!

One margin is enough!

The defining characteristic of mobile screens is that they are small; every pixel counts! A design with two margins is wasteful (and also adds extra visual noise).

  • So you're saying I should shrink them? – Nathan Osman Jul 9 '10 at 15:24
  • I'm saying there should only be one margin between the edge of the screen and the content. (And yes, that one margin should be smaller than the sum of the existing two.) – John Siracusa Jul 9 '10 at 15:51
  • I shrunk the margins quite a bit now. – Nathan Osman Jul 11 '10 at 22:27

Would it be possible to replace the stackMobile logo with the current site's logo?

For example instead of putting stackMobile in the title bar:

replace that with the site's name:

  • I'll consider this. I wouldn't be able to implement it for a couple of days anyway. Thanks for the feedback! – Nathan Osman Jul 21 '10 at 5:15
  • I put the name of the site in the middle now. – Nathan Osman Aug 10 '10 at 18:11
  • @George: I like the change. It's a good compromise. – Kredns Aug 16 '10 at 6:32

I think it's interesting that a 3×3 grid is becoming a metaphor for "Home", but in cases like this where the home screen is not actually a 3×3 grid of buttons, I don't know if everyone will get it. You could just as easily put a "Home" button up there.

  • Well... actually the 3x3 grid is supposed to be StackMobile's logo and eventually will be replaced by a back button. I'm thinking of pointing the "StackMobile" header at the top to the home page. – Nathan Osman Jul 9 '10 at 20:39

There is a problem with codes in posts.

Code lines are not breaking and some part might not be visible - see missing parts here: http://stackmobile.com/view_question.php?site=stackoverflow&id=316099

I'd suggest removing the css for post maxwidth and set width to paragraphs of text for reader's comfort, leaving out the code

  • What do you mean by set width to paragraphs of text? – Nathan Osman Aug 10 '10 at 15:30
  • Actually I think I know what you're talking about... the <code> section is getting clipped at the right side. This has been something I've tried to fix before, but it's a complex issue. It's not as simple as just removing the forced with of the block. – Nathan Osman Aug 10 '10 at 18:15
  • I think it's purely a CSS thing. change width and overflow and if this isn't enough - use word-wrap – naugtur Dec 7 '10 at 7:52
  • This may be fixed with the new version now. – Nathan Osman Jul 5 '11 at 5:38

In a users profile the top 5 questions/answers show the latest 5 questions/answers instead.

For example on my profile.

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