Hacky is a user-friendly Hacker News Reader for browsing Hacker News stories and comments.

Features Include:
View stories by Hot, Top, New, Ask, and Show.
Bookmark your favorite stories and come back to them later.
Organize your bookmarks with custom folders.
Quickly search your bookmarks to find what you need.
Traverse the comments easily by collapsing them with a tap.
Color-coded comments make browsing threads a breeze.
Press and hold to copy comment text and paste it anywhere.
Easily share interesting stories you find with your friends.
Viewed stories turn grey so you know where you've been.
Theme switcher for when you're feeling light or dark.
and more to come!

What’s New

Version 1.4.2

Updated app icon.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

theshmob ,

Impressive! Very much needed.

This is super satisfying to use. The regular hacker news site so so ugly lol. This is refreshing. A bit slow to load posts when switching tabs but I’m sure you know and/or are working on it! Keep it up!

Oh, and thanks for including a light version even though it’s called “Dark” Hacker News 😂. I truly appreciate it.

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for the kind words and feedback! I’m continually working on performance improvements with each version. Haha and yes despite the “Darkness” I thought it was ok to have a little light. Enjoy the app and let me know if you have any suggestions for features or improvements!

sillyrat ,

A promising start.

This is a great start to something that will be my go-to HN reader once the kinks are worked out. The colored lines to show thread depth are great, but tapping on a comment to collapse the thread makes everything move upward (the current viewing position doesn’t move up to show the newly-collapsed thread) so it’s very easy to get totally lost. Also, it would be great if the copy text feature used the standard iOS method where you can choose the start and end of what’s going to be copied, rather than having to copy a paragraph at a time. (And there’s a large bug to be dealt with: article titles repeat and glitch when you scroll down the article list past a certain point.) Keep up the good work, it’s getting there!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the positive review and feedback!! Adding the ability to copy in the comments is 100% on my list. Limiting the comments to a depth of 3 was initially made for performance reasons, but I agree it’s not ideal. I’m working on a more performant solution to roll out in the future that is more user friendly. Thanks again for the review and definitely let me know if you have any other feedback!

el gravel ,

super smooth

i like this one best. very elegant & the light mode is equally so. nice flow into comments and the in-app browser option makes me happy. settling here after playing with several option.

Developer Response ,

I really appreciate the thoughtful and kind review! Enjoy the app!

App Privacy

The developer, Mark Murphy, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


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