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A tiny CLI to perform common operations on CodiMD (formerly known as HackMD).

For more background, see the initial discussion on the main codimd repo.



  • A CodiMD server running somewhere
  • curl (install via apt install curl or brew install curl on Mac)
  • wget (install via apt install wget or brew install wget on Mac)
  • jq (install via apt install jq or brew install jq on Mac)
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# Add the following to your ~/.bashrc or shell profile
export PATH=/path/to/codimd-cli/bin:$PATH

# optionally add the CODIMD_SERVER environment variable to specify a server
# it defaults to
export CODIMD_SERVER=''  

# Test by creating a new note
codimd import


Create/import a new note

codimd import                   # takes a markdown file
qhmNmwmxSmK1H2oJmkKBQQ                  # returns <note_id> on success

Publish an existing note

codimd publish qhmNmwmxSmK1H2oJmkKBQQ   # takes a <note_id>
/s/S1ok9no3f                            # returns publish url

Export an existing note

codimd export --pdf qhmNmwmxSmK1H2oJmkKBQQ my_note.pdf
codimd export --md qhmNmwmxSmK1H2oJmkKBQQ
codimd export --html qhmNmwmxSmK1H2oJmkKBQQ my_note.html
codimd export --slides qhmNmwmxSmK1H2oJmkKBQQ

Note: you must specify the filename to export to as the second argument (with a correct extension), as the CodiMD CLI cannot determine the title of the note on its own.

Authenticate and get notes history

# optionally add the CODIMD_COOKIES_FILE environment variable to specify
# where cookies will be stored. It defaults to ~/.config/codimd-cli/key.conf
export CODIMD_COOKIES_FILE=~/.codimd-key.conf

Authenticate with email

codimd login --email p4sW0rD  # takes an email and a password

Authenticate with LDAP

codimd login --ldap username p4sW0rD  # takes a username and a password

Get auth status, history, and logout

codimd profile
You are logged in $CODIMD_SERVER as email with id xxxx-xx[...]xxx.

codimd history
ID                      Name
0nAp3YRyTlyQ-N3N7lCk-w  Note_1
qhmNmwmxSmK1H2oJmkKBQQ  Note_2

codimd logout

API Endpoints

These server endpoints are used by this project and can be unstable and undocumented, but may be of use if you're developing your own projects that need API access to CodiMD.

  • https://<codimd_server>/login
  • https://<codimd_server>/logout
  • https://<codimd_server>/me
  • https://<codimd_server>/history (requires auth)
  • https://<codimd_server>/new
  • https://<codimd_server>/<note_id>/publish
  • https://<codimd_server>/<note_id>/download
  • https://<codimd_server>/<note_id>/pdf
  • https://<codimd_server>/<note_id>/slide

Help contribute!

We'd love a PR for any one of these commands!

  • codimd edit <note_id> <
  • codimd inviteuser <email_to_invite>
  • codimd chmod <permissions> <note_id>
  • codimd chown <user> <note_id>
  • codimd delete <note_id>
  • codimd list --all list all notes on the server by id: title
  • codimd list <user_email> list notes for a given user by id: title
  • codimd search <query> find a note ids matching a given query


If you want to build something with this CLI, here are some ideas that the community has requested:


Permission management:

  • Support permission of invitee only: ./codimd inviteuser --permissions r <user_email> could work by first chmod and chowning the note, then sending an email invite to that note
  • Find the notes by the owner: ./codimd list <user_email> works as a rudimentary API to do this form the command line
  • Add user administration: setup a script that creates all the users & their notes from .md files on disk, chown & chmods them to their proper permissions, then invites all the users to join. Would be possible to run this on a timer to do regularly as well.

Sync backends:

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