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imag is a commandline personal information management suite.

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This application is in early development. There are some things that work, but we do not consider anything stable or usable at this moment. Feel free to play around anyways.

Vacation notice

Notice: I, the author of imag, will be on vacation from mid-May 2018 until early 2019. I hope I can continue develop imag during that time, but I cannot guarantee that. I hope I can continue development of imag after that and I certainly plan to do so.

But from May 2018 until early 2019, expect long response times on issues and pull requests.

Goal / What is imag?

Our (long-term) goal is to

Create a fast, reliable commandline personal information management suite which covers all aspects of personal information management, consists of reusable parts and integrates well with known commandline tools.

Yes, imag is a rather ambitious project as it tries to reimplement functionality for several "personal information management aspects". It is a hobby project, keep that in mind. We try to use standards like vcard, icalendar and others wherever possible.

Have a look at the documentation for some more words on this.


Here is how to try imag out.

imag is a suite/collection of tools (like git, for example) and you can build them individually. All subdirectories prefixed with "libimag" are libraries. All subdirectories prefixed with "imag-" are binaries and compiling them will give you a commandline application.


We use cargo for building all crates in this repository. Make sure to use a recent cargo, at least one with workspace support. Building all crates works with cargo build --all, building individual crates by cding to their directory and calling cargo build.

For building all commandline applications:

find bin -maxdepth 3 -name Cargo.toml -exec cargo build --manifest-path {} \;

For building only the core functionality

find bin/core -maxdepth 3 -name Cargo.toml -exec cargo build --manifest-path {} \;


After you build the module you want to play with, you can simply call the binary itself with the --help flag, to get some help what the module is capable of.

If you installed the module, you can either call imag-<modulename> (if the install-directory is in your $PATH), or install the imag binary to call imag <modulename> (also if everything is in your $PATH).

Example usage

As imag is a big and complex project, we cannot show all tools of the suite here. But to give you some idea, here's an example:

# Lets initialize imag
imag init

# Recursively import vcf files
imag contact import /home/user/contacts

# Create a contact (vcf) in the private collection
imag contact create --file /home/user/contacts/private

# Add a diary entry
imag diary -p private create

# Uh, I forgot something in a diary entry, select one and edit it
# use the `fzf` tool here (not a part of imag) to select from the IDs
imag diary -p private list | fzf -m | imag edit -I

# Link a contact to the diary entry
imag link diary/private/2018/01/01/00:00:00 contact/bc222298-casf-40a4-bda1-50aa980a68c9

# Annotate a contact with some notes
imag annotate add contact/bc222298-casf-40a4-bda1-50aa980a68c9 contact-notes

# Write down some notes named "pineapple"
imag notes create "pineapple"

# Where was that contact again?
imag grep Eva
# Okay, we need to add some imag-internal notes to that contact
imag grep Eva -l | imag edit -I

# Now save our work
imag git add . # "imag-git" simply calls git in the imag store
imag git commit -m 'Commit message'

Staying up-to-date

We have a official website for imag, where I post release notes and monthly(ish) updates what's happening in the source tree (RSS here).

We also have a mailinglist where I post updates and where discussion and questions are encouraged.


We have some documentation in the ./doc subtree which can be compiled to PDF or a website. It might not be up to date, though. Developer documentation for the last release is available on

Please contribute!

We are looking for contributors! Feel free to open issues for asking questions, suggesting features or other things!

Also have a look at the file!


Feel free to join our new IRC channel at freenode: #imag or our mailinglist.


We chose to distribute this software under terms of GNU LGPLv2.1.