Zim (software)

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Zim desktop wiki editor logo
Screenshot of the Zim editor window with some arbitrary text
Zim (version 0.54)
Developer(s) Jaap Karssenberg
Stable release 0.62
Development status active
Written in Python
Operating system Cross-platform
Platform Python, GTK+
Type Notetaking application, Personal wiki
License GNU GPL
Website zim-wiki.org

Zim is a graphical text editor designed to maintain a collection of locally stored wiki-pages.[1][2][3][4] Each wiki-page can contain text with simple formatting, links to other wiki-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 licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).


Some of the editing features supported:

  • Lightweight text mark-up
  • Bullet-lists and check-lists
  • Links to other pages
  • Revision control system
  • Compilation of the notes into a webpage
  • Support for Getting things done method[5]


Zim supports several plugins, including:


Several GNU/Linux distributions include Zim in their repositories (as of 2011), in particular Debian, Ubuntu, Arch Linux and Fedora.[6][7][8][9] Also FreeBSD and OpenBSD include Zim in their ports collections.[10][11]

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.

See also[edit]


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

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