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A Bottle of Wiki — personal wiki

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A Bottle of Wiki

A Bottle of Wiki (abbreviated abow) is a personal wiki. Use it for viewing and editing pages written in markdown directly in your browser. It is made to be usable both on mobile and desktop.

While you won't be hosting Wikipedia on a Bottle of Wiki, it is easy to deploy and does not require a database: pages are saved as text files. It has no notion of users, access rights, page history, comments, discussion or even edit conflict. It is meant to be used by one person.

A Bottle of Wiki is a wiki built with bottle.


To run a Bottle of Wiki, you will need python3 installed on a unix-like machine.

Test (a quick sip)

The easiest way to test a Bottle of Wiki is to install it in a virtual environment. You can do so with the following commands:

python3 -m venv abow
source abow/bin/activate

Or use your favorite virtualenv management tool.

Then install a Bottle of Wiki and its dependencies with pip:

pip install abow

Optional: If you want syntax highlighting when displaying code in your page, install the extra:

pip install abow[extra]

Finally start the application with: abow:application

If all went well, you can point your browser to and start editing. The pages will be saved in the current directory. If you are looking for inspiration, a few markdown pages (including this README) are part of the source distribution.

Deployment (the whole bottle)

A Bottle of Wiki is a WSGI application, as such it can be hosted by any WSGI-capable web server. The documentation of bottle has a page dedicated to the deployment that can be used as inspiration. Detailing how to host a WSGI application is beyond the scope of this README as there are many options to choose from, but here is the most important piece of advice:

Make sure the access is restricted. A Bottle of Wiki has no concept of login or user, so anyone with access can edit the pages. You can limit the access by setting up HTTP authentication and encryption on your web server. You can also serve only on a local network and access it via a VPN.


A Bottle of Wiki can be customized with a .ini configuration file. A example is provided in the source distribution, or you can generate it with the following command:

python -c "import abow.config;abow.config.print_file()"

The example configuration is heavily commented and should be self-explanatory. It enable you to change where a Bottle of Wiki stores the pages and the locale used. You can also host the static assets (css, js, ...) outside of the application and serve them directly from a web server.

The configuration is read from the following locations:

  • /etc/abow/config
  • $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/abow/config, defaulting to ~/.config/abow/config
  • $ABOW_CONFIG, if defined

Paths are tried one after one and each configuration file can override the settings of the previous ones.

Built With

A Bottle of Wiki depends on the following python packages:

The following css and javascript packages are included:

  • Bootstrap version 5.1.3 -- CSS Toolkit
  • Autosize version 5.0.0 -- Script to automatically adjust textarea height

Things to do

Detection of edit conflict

Right now if you edit a page from two browsers you can lose some modifications. Detecting that the page has been changed on the server while being edited would be nice if you want to use a Bottle of Wiki with more than one user.

Page history

While you can avoid losing changes by setting up a backup on the server (and you should anyway), integrating the page history in the wiki would make is easier to review the page modifications. Look into dulwich for that?


This project is licensed under the Affero General Public License version 3 or later.

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