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git-wiki fork:

added features

  • nested pages
  • double click page to edit
  • instant preview while editing
  • save and continue editing

notable changes

  • /pagename/edit is not /pagename?edit=1

future features

  • deleting pages
  • restoring deleted pages
  • moving pages
  • shared sub-wiki's using submodules
  • log / history / diff view

git-wiki: because who needs cool names when you use git?


git-wiki is a wiki that relies on git to keep pages' history and Sinatra to serve them. This geek brain overlay system aims to replace trac (wiki and ticket system), a CMS and sticky notes.

Features of this fork (by geekQ)

Support for images

You can add images to /img folder of your git repository. Subfolders are also supported. At least gif, png and jpg supported - content type is set automatically by Sinatra. You can reference the images then from your wiki pages like ![My picture](/img/2009/my_picture.jpg)

No web interface at this time - use git commit.

Custom h1 header

If your wiki page contains a markdown h1 header, then this one is used on the page. If not, then h1 is created out of the file name (as in original git-wiki).

Integrated TODO list(s)

Just write TODO or DONE at the beginning of a line with task you would like to remember.


You can include tasks from other wiki pages. So it is possible to have one separate page per project, e.g. ProjectGitWiki, ProjectWorkflow and to aggregate all coding tasks on one, say ContextCoding page with INCLUDE project:GitWiki, INCLUDE project:Workflow.

You can also reference other contexts with INCLUDE context:AtHome.

Recursion can be turned on with INCLUDE context:AtHome recursive:true. It is off by default.

You can also reference a source on the web. I prefer to manage my tasks related to git-wiki development in this README file. So on my ContextCoding page I have following reference: INCLUDE

  • DONE: include via http
  • DONE: recursive inclusion
  • DONE: mark included tasks in special way
  • DONE: switch recursion on or off
  • DONE: avoid endless recursion by saving a list of visited nodes
  • TODO: include a task list filtered by tagged value, e.g. TASKS context:home should list all the tasks for the specified context.
  • DONE: allow optional asterisk in front of TODO
  • TODO: group included lists by project
  • TODO: merge and resort tasks from subsequent INCLUDE statements
  • DONE: gather all tasks from all pages with INCLUDE wiki:all
  • TODO: gather all the remaining (not referenced) tasks into task inventory page

No wiki words

For a hacker the wiki words is more a distraction than a help. Example: if I mention ActiveRecord, than it should not link to the wiki article ActiveRecord but appear as it is.

  • DONE: do not rely on wiki words

Other plans

  • TODO: keyboard short cuts for edit and saving
  • TODO: check dead links
  • TODO: search engine
  • IDEA: presentation system - markdown + my S5 alternative
  • IDEA: support for attachments
  • IDEA: support for deeper Wiki page folder structure
  • IDEA: support for special programmed pages - via haml or liquid template engine


The following gems are required to run git-wiki:


mkdir ~/wiki && (cd ~/wiki && git init) ./ -sthin -p4567

then just point your browser at and you're done. Enjoy!

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mkdir ~/wiki && (cd ~/wiki && git init) ./ -sthin -p4567

then just point your browser at and you're done. Enjoy!



if you're using passenger you'll want to symlink git_wiki/public into the repo's root directory

See also


[...] the first wiki engine I'd consider worth using for my own projects.

Steve Dekorte

Oh, it looks like Git Wiki may be the starting point for what I need...

Tom Morris on "How to build the perfect wiki"

What makes git-wiki so cool is because it is backed by a git store, you can clone your wiki just like you could any other git repository. I’ve always wanted a wiki that I could a.) pull offline when I didn’t have access to the Internets and b.) edit (perhaps in bulk) in my favorite text editor. git-wiki allows both.

Cloning your wiki

Numerous people have written diff and merge systems for wikis; TWiki even uses RCS. If they used git instead, the repository would be tiny, and you could make a personal copy of the entire wiki to take on the plane with you, then sync your changes back when you're done.

Git is the next Unix

MIT license

Copyright (c) 2009 Vladimir Dobriakov,

Copyright (c) Simon Rozet

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