TiddlyWiki Manual/Getting started

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What is TiddlyWiki?

TiddlyWiki (TW) is a single file that consists of many small chunks of data called tiddlers. The file is the application and also holds the content you add.

Every aspect of TW's functional code is a tiddler, and any content you add will become a tiddler. Everything is customisable. The basic setup is ready to use, vanilla flavoured.

As its name implies, TiddlyWiki was designed to create wikis with the aim of being easy to use in its most basic form, where a wiki can be hosted and/or published remotely, or used offline. As a single file it's extremely portable, it can be saved to and accessed from a USB-thumb-drive.

TiddlyWiki has been in use for almost 20 years. The first version of TiddlyWiki was released by Jeremy Ruston in September 2004. The current version, TW5, was released in 2013. See Wikipedia entry TiddlyWiki

Choosing an edition

There are four methods available to create, edit and view TiddlyWiki content.

  1. Use an existing TW5 environment, online hosted. Eg. TiddlyHost
  2. Download a stand-alone desktop application. Eg. TiddlyDesktop
  3. Add a TW5 extension to your web-browser. This enables you to use your browser (ie. Chrome, Safari, etc.) as an editor. All TW5 content remains offline. Installation and basic configuration.
  4. Subscribe to a TW5 multi-user environment, intended for organisations. Eg. Xememex]