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Welcome to TiddlyWiki, a non-linear personal web notebook that anyone can use and keep forever, independently of any corporation.

TiddlyWiki is a complete interactive wiki in JavaScript. It can be used as a single HTML file in the browser or as a powerful Node.js application. It is highly customisable: the entire user interface is itself implemented in hackable WikiText.

Learn more and see it in action at

Developer documentation is in progress at

Installing TiddlyWiki on Node.js

  1. Install Node.js
    • either from your favourite package manager: typically apt-get install nodejs on Debian/Ubuntu Linux or Termux for Android, or brew install node on a Mac
    • or directly from
  2. Open a command line terminal and type:

    npm install -g tiddlywiki

    If it fails with an error you may need to re-run the command as an administrator:

    sudo npm install -g tiddlywiki (Mac/Linux)

  3. Check TiddlyWiki is installed by typing:

    tiddlywiki --version

  4. In response, you should see TiddlyWiki report its current version (eg "5.1.13"; you may also see other debugging information reported)
  5. Try it out:
    1. tiddlywiki mynewwiki --init server to create a folder for a new wiki that includes server-related components
    2. tiddlywiki mynewwiki --server to start TiddlyWiki
    3. Visit in your browser
    4. Try editing and creating tiddlers
  6. Optionally, make an offline copy:
    • click the save changes button in the sidebar, OR
    • tiddlywiki --build index

The -g flag causes TiddlyWiki to be installed globally. Without it, TiddlyWiki will only be available in the directory where you installed it.

If you are using Debian or Debian-based Linux and you are receiving a node: command not found error though node.js package is installed, you may need to create a symbolic link between nodejs and node. Consult your distro's manual and whereis to correctly create a link. See github issue 1434

Example Debian v8.0: sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nodejs /usr/bin/node

Using TiddlyWiki on Node.js

TiddlyWiki5 can be used on the command line to perform an extensive set of operations based on TiddlyWikiFolders, TiddlerFiles and TiddlyWikiFiles.

For example, the following command loads the tiddlers from a TiddlyWiki HTML file and then saves one of them in static HTML:

tiddlywiki --verbose --load mywiki.html --rendertiddler ReadMe ./readme.html

Running tiddlywiki from the command line boots the TiddlyWiki kernel, loads the core plugins and establishes an empty wiki store. It then sequentially processes the command line arguments from left to right. The arguments are separated with spaces.

The first argument is the optional path to the TiddlyWikiFolder to be loaded. If not present, then the current directory is used.

The commands and their individual arguments follow, each command being identified by the prefix --.

tiddlywiki [<wikipath>] [--<command> [<arg>[,<arg>]]]

The available commands are:

Upgrading TiddlyWiki on Node.js

If you've installed TiddlyWiki on Node.js on the usual way, when a new version is released you can upgrade it with this command:

npm update -g tiddlywiki

On Mac or Linux you'll need to add sudo like this:

sudo npm update -g tiddlywiki

Also see

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