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Stable release
1.5.1 / 23 November 2009
Development status Dormant
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
License Proprietary (GPL for version 1.1 or older)

Thingamablog is a cross-platform, standalone blogging application — that, in contrast to common blogging solutions, does not require a third-party blogging host, a CGI/PHP-enabled web host or any relational database (such as MySQL).


Thingamablog is a cross-platform, standalone blogging application. Unlike other blogging solutions, Thingamablog does not require a third-party blogging host, a cgi/php enabled web host, or a MySQL database. Static web pages are created by entry, by category and/or by date and are published by FTP, SFTP, or network access to a web server.

The Thingamablog application allows the user to maintain multiple blogs, to create layouts through customizable templates and to use custom template tags that avoid repetitive input. The application has an integrated feed reader that can also be used to import entries from RSS and Atom feeds.

When entries are posted it is also possible to syndicate these via RSS or Atom feed and to ping blog search engines.

Pro and cons[edit]

Thingamablog generates static web pages that can be published on webservers without database facilities. To mimic a database generated blog every entry is copied in separate archive and category pages. At fixed intervals, by default every month, the application updates, regenerates and republishes all previously created pages and entries.

As the database is saved on a local computer the application is most suited for single user blogs. Although not entirely impossible there is no database sharing between several users, but remote (registered) users can send in entries by mail that will be automatically published.

A Java-related bug removes the </object>-tag in the Wysiwyg screen making it hard to embed Flash or (YouTube) movies in Internet Explorer, although workarounds do exist.[1] Another bug (probably due to a Java upgrade from February 2010) sometimes freezes the application while updating an altered post containing an image. The internal database, however, is not affected by this behaviour. A solution to this problem exists as well.[2]


Version Release Date Notes
v1.5 November 23, 2009 Last official release
b1.50 September 9, 2009 Beta version 1.5
v1.1b6 December 2, 2007 Bug fixing; last open source version
v1.1b5 November 27, 2007 Added two different paste options: Paste and Paste formatted.
v1.1b4 November 21, 2007 Bug fixing release.
v1.1b1 November 12, 2007 New features: post from email, template packs, entry preview and internal linking.
v1.0.6 December 21, 2006 Bug fixing release.
v1.0 June 25, 2005 New features: improved WYSIWYG editing, spell checking and image publishing.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Can't get video to embed (with solutions)
  2. ^ Posting entries with link-images causes freezing (with solutions)