Gollum (software)

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Original author(s)Tom Preston-Werner, Rick Olson, Dawa Ometto, Bart Kamphorst
Developer(s)GitHub and community
Initial releaseFebruary 16, 2009; 15 years ago (2009-02-16)[citation needed]
Stable release
6.0.0[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 3 May 2024; 20 days ago (3 May 2024)
Written inRuby
Operating systemUnix-like, macOS, Windows
Size~25 MB
Typewiki software
LicenseMIT License

Gollum is wiki software that uses Git as the backend storage mechanism, and written mostly in Ruby. It started life as the wiki system used by the GitHub web hosting system.[2][3] Although the open source Gollum project and the software currently used to run GitHub wikis have diverged from one another, Gollum strives to maintain compatibility with the latter.[4] Currently it is used by GitLab server to store and interconnect wiki-pages with wiki-links, but the plan is to move complete away from Gollum in the future.[5]

Formats supported[edit]

Gollum wikis are simply Git repositories that adhere to a specific format. Gollum pages may be written in a variety of formats including Markdown, AsciiDoc, ReStructuredText, Creole and MediaWiki markup.[6]


  • YAML Frontmatter for controlling per-page settings
  • UML diagrams via PlantUML
  • BibTeX and citation support (when using Pandoc for rendering)
  • Annotations using CriticMarkup
  • Mathematics via MathJax
  • Macros
  • Redirects
  • Support for right-to-left languages


Editing the pages can be done via the provided web interface, via its API or with a text editor directly in the Git repository.

See also[edit]

  • ikiwiki – Also uses a version control system to store pages


  1. ^ "Release 6.0.0". 3 May 2024. Retrieved 23 May 2024.
  2. ^ Cunningham & Cunningham (2014), Gollum wiki
  3. ^ https://wiki.dtg.cl.cam.ac.uk/wiki-help/wiki-help Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine Gollum wiki help page at University of Cambridge Digital Technology Group
  4. ^ "Gollum/README.md at master · gollum/Gollum". 29 March 2022 – via GitHub.
  5. ^ "Wikis development guidelines". GitLab. Retrieved 2023-06-15.
  6. ^ (in French) linuxfr.org (2010/08/25), Gollum un wiki propulsé par git [1]

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