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Personal wiki software for busy programmers

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Personal wiki software for busy programmers.


  • Wiki pages written in Markdown
  • Inline citations with auto-generated bibliography
  • Links between wiki articles using regular Markdown link syntax
  • Inline and display math with LaTeX


Make sure you have Python 3.6 or higher and git installed.

Clone the repository:

$ git clone

Make a directory for your wiki somewhere else and create a wiki page:

$ mkdir path/to/wiki
$ cd path/to/wiki
$ echo "Git is a distributed version-control system." >

Now, return to the repository directory and run the wiki server:

$ cd path/to/repo
$ WIKI_HOME=path/to/wiki ./wiki

The wiki script will open up the wiki home page in your default browser.

For convenience, it's recommended that you (a) set the environment variable in your shell's start-up script (for Bash users, add export WIKI_HOME=path/to/wiki to your .bashrc), and (b) add the wiki script to your PATH (and wikicite and wikiserver, if you like) so you can invoke it from anywhere.

Once you've set it up, wiki can be invoked in a number of ways:

# Open the home page:
$ wiki

# Open the page called `geometry`. It may be at `$WIKI_HOME/` or any
# sub-directory, e.g. `$WIKI_HOME/math/`:
$ wiki geometry

# Open every page that contains the keyword "Habsburg":
$ wiki -s Habsburg

You can use wikiserver to explicitly start and stop the web server:

$ wikiserver
Listening on port 8181.

wikicite generates a bibliography entry given a URL:

$ wikicite ""
    "kind": "web",
    "title": "Changing Chefs, Gotham Bar and Grill Starts a New Era",
    "url": "",
    "authors": [
      "Pete Wells"
    "publication": "*The New York Times*",
    "date": "2019-11-19"

Non-standard Markdown extensions

The wiki articles are written in Markdown using a couple of non-standard extensions.

You can create an inline citation with the syntax {{my-citation-key}}, where my-citation-key is a key in the bibliography file, $WIKI_HOME/bib.json. The inline citation will be an integer corresponding to an entry in the bibliography generated at the end. Typically, you will want to write ^[{{my-citation-key}}] to create a bracketed superscript citation. You can also do {{full:my-citation-key}} to generate the full bibliography entry inline.

You can link to another wiki page with [display text](wiki:page) where page is the relative path to the file.


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