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Screenshot of TiddlyWiki
Developer(s) Jeremy Ruston
Initial release 30 September 2004 (2004-09-30)
Stable release 5.1.9 / 3 July 2015 (2015-07-03)
Development status Active
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in Multilingual, 19 languages in TiddlyWiki 5.1.8 fully translated, older versions have more translations.[1]
Type Wiki
License BSD license
Website and Discussion group
A standard edit dialog on a tiddler

TiddlyWiki is an open-source single page application wiki. A single HTML file contains CSS, JavaScript, and the content. The content is divided into a series of components, or Tiddlers. A user is encouraged to read a TiddlyWiki by following links rather than sequentially scrolling down the page.

TiddlyWiki is first and foremost a tool: it is a free downloadable tool for capturing and organising content from the web, from your documents or from your brain. It's a tool for note-taking, bookmarking, pinning, writing, managing to-do lists and projects, collaborating, blogging, and publishing.

In TiddlyWiki you create or paste content into notes called tiddlers, then connect your tiddlers with hyperlinks and tags. You can then quickly retrieve your notes through features such as tag pills, sidebar tabs, and TiddlyWiki's search window. You can even dynamically include one tiddler's content inside another – similar to using building blocks – to create articles, lists, presentations and more.


  • Tiddlers 1
  • Plugins 2
  • File saving 3
  • Applications 4
  • History 5
  • License 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


TiddlyWiki content is divided into a series of components called tiddlers. Each tiddler is stored inside an HTML division that contains the source text and meta data in wiki markup. For example, the following could be the HTML source code for the beginning of this section written as a tiddler:

TiddlyWiki content is divided into a ...


In addition to containing text, a tiddler can be a plugin with additional JavaScript and CSS to extend TiddlyWiki. As a result, TiddlyWiki is used in a wide variety of adaptations and uses beyond that of a personal wiki.

File saving

A TiddlyWiki opened from a file URI may save changes made back to the original file using one of the following techniques:


Although there are many TiddlyWiki documents on the Web, the majority of TiddlyWikis reside on personal computers and are exchanged on USB flash drives and over email, in a manner similar to word processing documents and spreadsheets. It has been suggested that, as a single HTML file, or saved as an HTA file in Microsoft Windows (allowing corporate IE lockdown to be bypassed), TiddlyWiki is useful in corporate environments where red tape or IT resources might prevent the use of a wiki that requires a more complicated installation.[5]

TiddlyWiki has been used as a Software framework to build specialisations. SocialText uses TiddlyWiki as a part of their unplugged feature.[6]


  • The first version of TiddlyWiki was released by Jeremy Ruston in September 2004.
  • BT Group bought Osmosoft in 2007[7][8] appointing Ruston as BT's "Head of Open Source Innovation".[9]
  • TiddlyWiki was selected as one of the Top 100 Tools for 2007 and 2008 by the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies.[10]
  • In November 2011, Jeremy Ruston announced his departure from Osmosoft and commitment to continue development on TiddlyWiki.[11][12] He is currently building a new TiddlyWiki called TiddlyWiki 5 from the ground up based on lessons learned from the first versions. A beta version was released mid December 2013.[13]


TiddlyWiki is

  • Official website – New HTML5 based wiki
  • Official website – Classic version of TiddlyWiki
  • TiddlyWiki community – Last stable pre-HTML5 wiki, with documentation and plugins
  • TiddlyWiki source code repository
  • Workaround to use TiddlyWiki remote for iPhone
  • local Workaround for WebOS
  • Runtime environment for TiddlyWiki on Android

External links

  1. ^ "TiddlyWiki Translations". TiddlyWiki Trac Wiki. TiddlyWiki Development team. 2004–2015. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "File I/O - MDN". 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  3. ^ Stoltz, Mitch. "Per-File Permissions". Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  4. ^ "FileSystemObject Basics". MSDN. Microsoft. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  5. ^ "Guerilla wiki". Tech Writer Wiki. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "TiddlyWiki - a reusable non-linear personal web notebook". 2008-01-01. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  7. ^ jermolene (May 29, 2007). "I For One Welcome My New BT Overlords". Treat with Jermolene. Archived from the original on 2011-08-18. 
  8. ^ "Telco 2.0: BT Tries To Fix Global Services with Open Source". Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  9. ^ "Open Source Will Change Enterprises, Says BT Guru". TechWeekEurope UK. 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  10. ^ Hart, Jane (13 August 2011). "Top Tools: Tiddlywiki". Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  11. ^ "On Leaving BT and Osmosoft - TiddlyWiki | Google Groups". Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  12. ^ Rejali, Cameron. "Jeremy Ruston to leave BT". Osmosoft. 
  13. ^ "TiddlyWiki release history". 
  14. ^ "TiddlyWiki License". 1 August 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-12-22. 
  15. ^ "tiddlywiki - home". Retrieved 2012-05-23. 


See also


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