Zim (software)

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Zim desktop wiki editor logo
Zim (version 0.54) Screenshot of the editor window with some arbitrary text
Developer(s)Jaap Karssenberg
Stable release
0.73.5 / January 30, 2021; 7 months ago (2021-01-30)[1]
Written inPython
Operating systemCross-platform
PlatformPython, GTK
TypeNotetaking application, Personal wiki

Zim is a graphical text editor designed to maintain a collection of locally stored wiki-pages, a personal wiki.[3][4][5][6] Each wiki-page can contain things like text with simple formatting, links to other pages, attachments, and images. Additional plugins, such as an equation editor and spell-checker, are also available. The wiki-pages are stored in a folder structure in plain text files with wiki formatting.

Zim is written in Python using GTK libraries. It is free software under the GPL-2.0-or-later license.[2]


Features include:

  • Text is written in lightweight text mark-up (hybrid DokuWiki/Markdown). Text input has inline preview system similar to VisualEditor. Writing mark-up text in certain way gets it converted instantly into "rich text". These include things like headers and lists, tables, diagrams.
  • Multimedia content: images, files attachment, calendar
  • Links to other pages
  • Multi-documents tabs
  • Application does auto-saving per character. Also cursor position is saved for every note.
  • Revision control system (GNU Bazaar, Git, Mercurial, Fossil)
  • Tagging system
  • Tasks/Todo list system
  • Export single or compilation of the notes into HTML, slideshow, Markdown or reStructuredText
  • Support for Getting Things Done method[7]


Zim can be extended with plugins. These include:


Several Linux distributions include Zim in their repositories (as of 2011), in particular Debian, Ubuntu, Arch Linux and Fedora.[8][9][10][11] Also FreeBSD, OpenBSD and OpenSUSE[citation needed] include Zim in their ports collections.[12][13]

The core features of Zim depend on python, gtk and python-gtk modules and thus Zim can be easily ported to any platform where these modules are available. In particular, Zim has been ported to the Microsoft Windows operating system and works very well with a native feel. It has also been ported to Mac OS, but as of 2015 there were still a few issues, primarily being no native UI integration and the procedure to install being involved.[14][15] There were attempts and plans to port to Android.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Releases – zim-desktop-wiki/zim-desktop-wiki". Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  2. ^ a b "zim-desktop-wiki/debian/copyright".
  3. ^ "Ubuntu Manpage: zim - A Desktop Wiki Editor". Manpages.ubuntu.com. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  4. ^ Kashyap, Varun (2008-10-25). "ZIM – A Desktop Wiki / Note Taking App [Linux, Windows]". Makeuseof.com. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  5. ^ "Technology News: Reviews: Zim Desktop Brings Wiki Wizardry to Note Taking". Technewsworld.com. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  6. ^ "Note Taking Software for Linux". Linux And Friends. 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  7. ^ Jaap Karssenberg. "Zim - a desktop wiki - Getting Things Done". zim-wiki.org. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  8. ^ Debian Webmaster, webmaster@debian.org. "Debian - Details of package zim in sid". Packages.debian.org. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  9. ^ "zim : Oneiric (11.10) : Ubuntu". Launchpad.net. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  10. ^ "zim 0.56-1 (any)". Arch Linux. 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  11. ^ "Fedora Package Database - Zim". Admin.fedoraproject.org. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  12. ^ "editors/zim". FreshPorts. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  13. ^ "ports/productivity/zim/". Openbsd.org. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  14. ^ "Zim on Mac OSX". reagle.org. Retrieved 2019-08-24.
  15. ^ "Zim - a desktop wiki". zim-wiki.org. Retrieved 2019-08-24.

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