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Pepa DMS

What is Pepa?

Pepa is a document management system primarily designed for archiving and retrieving your digital documents. It's implemented in Clojure and ClojureScript. Pepa can be used from within your browser and - this goes without saying - you can view all your documents there.

How does Pepa work?

Any document management system (any archive whatsoever really) would be pretty useless if it would only store documents. To be more than just a black hole for documents, a DMS should aid you in organizing the documents. You should be able to not only store your documents, but to search for them and - even more importantly - to find them.

Pepa uses a tagging system inspired by Notmuch to achieve this. A tag is a text label that the user adds to a document. This could be anything from invoice to university or work or doctor or contracts or papers or ... Of course you can add more than one tag to a document. A document tagged with invoice can additionally be tagged with unpaid or paid for example.

Those tags can be used to find a document. You want to find every document that's an unpaid invoice? Easy, let Pepa search for documents which are tagged with invoice and unpaid - once you have paid those invoice, you can remove the unpaid tag and add the paid tag instead.

Of course, Pepa allows not only searching by tag. Every document in Pepa is available for full-text search. You can combine this search with the tag search to increase your chances of finding just the right document.

Current features

  • Supported file formats
    • PDF
  • Import channels
    • SMTP / email (attachments are extracted)
    • HTTP (API and upload via web interface)
    • Virtual Network Printer (LPD)
  • Manual tagging
  • Full-text search
  • OCR (via Tesseract and/or CuneiForm)
  • Interactive document dissection

Planned features

  • User management and groups/organisations
  • Rule-based (automatic) tagging
  • Self-learning tagging
  • Additional document types
    • JPG, PNG, TIFF
    • Plain text
    • HTML
    • Email

Features not planned

Since we want to keep our focus, the following features are not planned to become a part of Pepa:

  • Support for proprietary and/or very complex file formats. notably Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Neither are we planning to implement support for documents from LibreOffice or OpenOffice. Those formats are not well suited for archiving and good support would be too much effort.

Since Pepa is open source, you are of course free to implement those features yourself.

Project status

Pepa is currently in an early development stage which means that it's not ready for production use, yet, as there will be frequent breaking changes still. You are very welcome to give it a try, though, and we are happy to receive feedback either via GitHub issues or by email via Note that since there is no official release, yet, you will have to build Pepa from sources to run it (see build instructions below).


Dashboard View Document View


See in the doc/ directory.


Icons found under the resources/public/img/material/ folder are based on the "Material Design Icons" by Google and are released under an Attribution 4.0 International license.


Copyright © 2015 bevuta IT GmbH

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

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