gthnk is a personal knowledge management system
gthnk is a personal knowledge management system. Capture your ideas using plain old text files. Make a journal that lasts 100 years.
gthnk presents a journal consisting of many entries.
Entries are created using plain old text files, which gthnk imports once per day.
Any text editor can be used to add information to gthnk.
Entries are searchable using the embedded gthnk server, which can be accessed with a browser.
Plain-text enables backup/restore via hardcopy (e.g. paper) for long-term archival.
The easiest way to run gthnk is with Docker. gthnk also installs on Windows, Linux, and MacOS systems with Python 3.5+. See the Installation document for more details.
Use Docker to run gthnk with all files stored locally in ~/.gthnk.
docker run -d --rm \ --name gthnk-server \ -p 1620:1620 \ -e TZ=America/Toronto \ -v ~/.gthnk:/home/gthnk/.gthnk \ iandennismiller/gthnk
The default text file where you will record journal entries is ~/.gthnk/journal.txt.
Open journal.txt with a text editor to add new journal entries.
Open http://localhost:1620 to access the user interface.
Use the journal by editing journal.txt with a text editor. First, insert a date marker YYYY-MM-DD and a blank line to start a new journal day. Then, insert a time marker HHMM and a blank line to start a journal entry.
2020-07-04 0804 This is a simple journal entry. 0805 And this is a separate entry, a minute later.
Those two delimiters - date and time followed by a blank line - are all there is to the gthnk journal file format. The rest is Markdown.
You can add multiple entries per day - and multiple days in a single journal - by inserting date and time markers as you work.
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