Hackers for Hacker News 12+

The ultimate Hacker News app

Weiran Zhang

Designed for iPad

    • 4.6 • 247 Ratings
    • Free



Hackers is the ultimate app for Hacker News. We focus on the reading experience, with a simple yet beautiful UI and clean typography. Navigate large comment threads with ease just by swiping left. Up vote posts and comments by swiping right.

Hacker News is a social news site about startups and technology.

# Features

• Beautiful typography focused UI with light and dark themes
• Login to your Hacker News account to vote on posts and comments with a swipe left
• Collapse and expand nested comments with a tap
• Collapse an entire comment thread with a swipe right
• Thumbnails for each post
• Universal iPhone and iPad app
• Blazing fast performance

Any feedback or questions, contact me at @weiran on Twitter, or raise an issue on GitHub: https://github.com/weiran/Hackers

Hackers is an open source project, check it out on GitHub: https://github.com/weiran/Hackers

What’s New

Version 4.7.11

Fixed posts not loading (again)

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
247 Ratings

247 Ratings

CroydonD ,

Really good

Love the dark mode support. The app is pretty quick to start.
Living in London, is love the ability to download the comments for a few articles before I go underground in the tube (with no reception). An offline viewing feature would be most appreciated.

Need To Think Of A Nickname ,

One big flaw

If you want to open an article’s comment page in a web browser (eg. to post a comment, bookmark it, etc), you have to go through a weirdly long series of manual steps: tap the share button, tap “Hacker News link”, and then wait several mysterious seconds (even on an iPhone 12 Pro) until the share options appear. Then you tap ‘Copy’, then manually open your browser and paste the link and visit the site. It’s very odd. And it’s even worse if you want to open a specific comment, as the app doesn’t offer a way to go straight to a comment, so you have to manually find the comment on the web after completing the above steps.

It’s a great app in most other ways. I just find the above issue significantly annoying, to the point that I really resent using the app. I wonder if it’s a deliberate design decision aiming to reduce reactionary outrage comments, by forcing people to ‘take a breath’? If that’s the intent, I think it has the opposite effect on me, because I’m not taking a breath when I’m jumping through hoops.

SukhUK ,

Great app, could do with some tweaks

Great design, responsive and intuitive. However, I find the headline view a bit difficult to scan over as everything sort of merges into one. Would be nice to have a dark mode for the app too, to help nighttime reading.

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