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Zim

A desktop personal wiki with inline preview as-you-type and lots of plugins

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Avg rating of 3.9 (23)| 31 comments

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Zim Features

  1.  Works OfflineZim can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
  2.  Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Zim.
  3.  WYSIWYG SupportZim integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
  4.  PortableZim can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
  5.  File VersioningZim has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
  6.  LightweightZim consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.

Zim information

  • Developed byJaap G Karssenberg
  • LicensingOpen Source (GPL-2.0) and Free product.
  • Written in
  • RatingAverage rating of 3.9 (23 ratings)
  • Alternatives294 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

GitHub repository

  •  1,604 Stars
  •  332 Forks
  •  321 Open Issues
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Our users have written 31 comments and reviews about Zim, and it has gotten 456 likes

Zim was added to AlternativeTo by Bharadhwaj on and this page was last updated .

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JohnFastman
  
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If you would like to sync your Zim wiki database between computers, but don't want to have the plain text version synced (e.g. because of Dropbox/GoogleDrive/OneDrive/Box privacy concerns), you can always save your Zim database file in an encrypted Vault using the excellent open source and cross-platform app Cryptomator.

Otherwise, you can sync using Spideroak, Tresorit, or pCloud's encrypted folder. All of these are end-to-end encrypted.

An additional benefit of using Cryptomator is that you can close Zim, lock the vault in Cryptomator and other users on the same computer won't be able to open or access your Zim database contents.

This solution should be included on the Zim FAQ page, which says that you can't have encryption. This is an easy and convenient solution.

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lrq3000

Please send a mail to the devs, this is indeed a very good idea! Thank you for the report!

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romanunfamilied
  
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Speaking of more or less notable feature differences. So, Wikidpad has got anchors, and can also make insertions (you insert content of one page into other, and it updates dynamically when you make changes to the page you inserted content from). Zim hasn't got this; anchors are planned, but the works for them haven't even started yet.

On the other hand, Zim doesn't have HTML and preview modes, you work in one unified mode; no distorting of downscaled images; somewhat easier and faster work as you don't have to write code.

My personal verdict: if you don't yet have your wikis\notes, then Zim will be easier and faster start. But if you use WikidPad for a long time already and have lots of experience with it - no sense in switching to Zim, as WikidPad has slighly more capabilities.

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Guest
  
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not working win 32 bit!!!

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abdovibration
  
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Efficient, simple, fast, and bloat-free. What's not to like?

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RemovedUser
  
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Windows 10 Defender tags the installer as unsafe and won't allow it to be run.

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jchalifour
  
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Native interface in Gnome (rather than, for example, an electron app). The application provides the most useful personal knowledge management features and is much more mature than many similar applications (which shows in a good way). It's free and open source, which gives it an advantage.

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luarocks
  
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I used markdown format and build wiki for my projects with MkDocs before, but Zim is much simpler solution (if you no need exactly online-wiki).

[Edited by luarocks, April 22]

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  • Xfce
  • getting-things-done
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Zim platform details

Mac

Require Terminal-based, system-wide changes.

Windows

Spell check and UI have some issues still

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