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An optionally headless, extensible RESTful datastore for tiddlers: bits of stuff.

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For additional installation instructions see

If you develop with TiddlyWeb and are upgrading 1.0 to 1.2 there have been changes you should make yourself aware of. Read UPGRADE1.0to1.2.


TiddlyWeb, aka mo’ass, is a RESTful data store which forms the core of a reference implementation of server side implementation for TiddlyWiki. It tries to provide a tested, documented, and clear implementation of several facets that make up a good server-side:

  • transparent system and code suitable for porting to other languages (where use specific optimizations will hopefully occur)

  • an abstract model for authentication and authorization

  • an implementation of authenticated recipes and bags allowing the conrolled access to dynamically created collections of tiddlers

  • clean HTTP API based on REST principles

  • test driven description and development

The system is designed so that parts that are not optimal for a particular installation can be easily improved or swapped out via plugins.

While TiddlyWeb was designed as a TiddlyWiki server-side it can also be used as a generic data store that builds on concepts learned from TiddlyWiki, primarily the concept of the tiddler: a small chunk of data used to build up a greater whole.

TiddlyWeb includes a command line tool called twanager. Run twanager without arguments for a list of available commands.


The easiest way to install TiddlyWeb and all its dependencies is by using pip to install it from PyPI:

pip install -U tiddlyweb

If you wish to use TiddlyWeb as a server-side for TiddlyWiki to generate a multi-user TiddlyWiki system, you will also need tiddlywebwiki. This too can be installed via pip. Installing tiddlywebwiki will install tiddlyweb for you:

pip install -U tiddlywebwiki

Or you can install by hand, you will need the following requirements:


See for a TiddlyWiki generated by TiddlyWeb and TiddlyWebWiki, a TiddlyWeb plugin that provides TidldyWiki server-side functionality. That wiki contains the TiddlyWeb documentation. You can also leave comments there to help improve the documentation.

See for plugins that TiddlyWeb can use with itself.

See for a shared hosting service built on TiddlyWeb.

If you have questions or contributions on making this work please post to the TiddlyWeb group at google groups:

or contact Chris Dent <>.

TiddlyWeb is released under the BSD License and is copyright 2008, 2009, 2010 UnaMesa Association.

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