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Simple web service that outputs what it has been given as input.

v0.4.7 2017-10-05 20:28 UTC


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Simple web service that outputs what it has been given as input with a prefix added.


  1. Clone this repository
  2. Run composer install
  3. Configure a webserver to host the contents of the web directory under a domain root
  4. Visit the domain in a browser
  5. Fill out the input field and submit the form
  6. Be amazed by the result


To change the colours or the prefix text, there are two options.

The easiest way is simply to edit the default.json file in the config directory.

A more advanced option is to add a new config file with a name that matches the domain Parrots is run on. For exmple, if Parrots is hosted at http://example.com, create the file config/example.com.json

Other info

To report bugs, feature requests or other issues, visit the issues page


This project has been licensed under GPL-3.0+ License (GNU General Public License v3.0 or higher).


For a long time, the Dutch website http://jebentzelfeen.nl/ used to offer a simple web service that would output what it has been given as input, with the prefix "Je bent zelf een" added. This result could be used as a online retort for many occasions.

When the service was no-longer available I started to miss it to a degree where it seemed sensible to recreate the service myself.

I would like to thank the creators of the original concept, Floor van Opijnen and Mark Wittkampf, for the inspiration and that awesome original service.

About the name

"Parrots" is the third-person singular simple present indicative form of the verb "parrot". To quote fom a random dictionary:


##Verb 3rd person present: parrots

Repeat mechanically.


repeat mindlessly, repeat, repeat mechanically, echo, say again


Early 16th century: probably from dialect French perrot, diminutive of the male given name Pierre.

About the Logo

The logo uses the Birds icon designed by Michela Tannoia from the Noun Project licensed under a CC BY 3 License (Creative Commons Attribution License).