Gollum Wiki

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Gollum logo: The One Ring
Original author(s)Tom Preston-Werner, Rick Olson, Dawa Ometto, Bart Kamphorst
Developer(s)GitHub and community
Initial releaseFebruary 16, 2009; 11 years ago (2009-02-16)[citation needed]
Stable release
v5.1.1[1] / 2020-08-11[±]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inRuby
Operating systemUnix-like, MacOS, Windows
Size~25 MB
LicenseMIT License

Gollum is a wiki using git as the back end 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]

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.[5]


  • 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]


  1. ^ "Releases - gollum/gollum". github.com. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  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. ^ https://github.com/gollum/gollum/blob/master/README.md
  5. ^ (in French) linuxfr.org (2010/08/25), Gollum un wiki propulsé par git [1]

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