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Smallest Federated Wiki Goals

The original wiki was written in a week and cloned within a week after that. The concept was shown to be fruitful while leaving other implementors room to innovate. When we ask for simple, we are looking for the same kind of simplicity: nothing to distract from our innovation in federation.

We imagine two components:

  1. a server component managing page storage and collaboration between peer servers, and,
  2. a client component presenting and modifying the server state in server specific ways.

This project should be judged by the degree that it can:

  • Demonstrate that wiki would have been better had it been effectively federated from the beginning.
  • Explore federation policies necessary to sustain an open creative community.

This project has been founded within the community assembled in Portland at the Indie Web Camp:

Install and Launch

The server is distributed as a GitHub repository. The server distributes a web client to any visitor. You will need a git client. Learn more from GitHub:


When you have git. Use it to clone the repository:

git clone git@github.com:WardCunningham/Smallest-Federated-Wiki.git
cd Smallest-Federated-Wiki

The server is a ruby bundle. Get the bundler and then use it to get everything else:

sudo gem install bundler
sudo bundle install

You're ready to launch the server:

ruby server/server.rb

Now go to your browser and browse your new wiki:


Looking For Code Bloat

Try this command to see if any code files have grown unpleasantly large.

wc -l `find . | perl -ne 'next if /jquery/; print if /\.(rb|haml|sass|coffee)$/'`