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A tiny CLI to perform common operations on CodiMD (the largest open-source fork of HackMD).

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

There is an alternative, TypeScript-based CodiMD CLI for hackmdio/codimd maintained by the HackMD team here:
(it may or may not be compatible with the codimd/server server that this projectcodimd/cli is designed for)



  • 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)
git clone
cd cli/bin
# optionally symlink the codimd script somewhere into your $PATH
ln -s $PWD/codimd /usr/local/bin/codimd

# set CODIMD_SERVER environment variable to your server's URL
# it defaults to
export CODIMD_SERVER=''  

# Test by creating a new note
codimd login --email
codimd import


Create/import a new note

$ codimd import <input_path> [note_id]     # takes a local path to a text file, and an optional note id for the new note
qhmNmwmxSmK1H2oJmkKBQQ                     # returns <note_id> on success

You can open the new note on the server by going to $CODIMD_SERVER/<note_id>.

Publish an existing note

$ codimd publish qhmNmwmxSmK1H2oJmkKBQQ   # takes a <note_id>
S1ok9no3f                                 # returns public note id

You can open the published note on the server by going to $CODIMD_SERVER/s/<public_note_id>.

Export an existing note

$ codimd export --pdf qhmNmwmxSmK1H2oJmkKBQQ             # takes a <note_id>, outputs to <note_id>.pdf by default
$ codimd export --md qhmNmwmxSmK1H2oJmkKBQQ   # or you can specify an output path explicitly
$ codimd export --html qhmNmwmxSmK1H2oJmkKBQQ
$ codimd export --slides qhmNmwmxSmK1H2oJmkKBQQ

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=~/.config/codimd-cli/key.conf

Authenticate with email

$ codimd login --email p4sW0rD  # takes an email and password as optional args
$ codimd login --email                            # or pass them via stdin prompt instead

Authenticate with LDAP

$ codimd login --ldap username p4sW0rD            # takes a username and a password as optional args
$ codimd login --ldap                             # or pass them via stdin prompt instead

Get auth status, history, and logout

$ codimd profile
You are logged in to a CodiMD server.



$ codimd history
ID  Title
fCbvG5pdSYOLobNN1SDUhg  Example-note-title

$ codimd logout

Your codimd auth session cookie is written to $CODIMD_COOKIES_FILE (which defaults to ~/.config/codimd/key.conf).

You may need to log in again if:

  • your session expired
  • the codimd server was restarted (which force-expires all sessions as a side-effect)
  • the is$CODIMD_COOKIES_FILE deleted, moved, or becomes unreadable by codimd-cli

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>/new/<note_id>
  • 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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