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A quick small wiki, perfect for pasting quick texts or code and sharing it between friends.

Don't worry about saving, it saves at every key stroke. Think of it as a magic zero-UI Web notepad.

Try it out at


  • /any-page-name: type what you want, it's saved automagically!
  • /any-page-name.txt: raw text version.
  • /any-page-name.html: HTML version through the Markdown syntax.
  • /any-page-name.remark: Slideshow version using Remark.
  • /any-page-name.graphviz: Graph version of the dot syntax using Viz, see WebGraphViz for examples.

Keyboard shortcut cltr-e switches from edit mode to HTML mode.


Magic Favicon changing as the page updates

The favicon changes as the page updates and is also an indicator that the page is currently saving or not.


Edith is also a RESTful API. So go ahead and try to PUT or DELETE on these URLs.

Install it yourself

Download the files. For example, using git:

$ git clone
$ cd edith

Make the data directory writeable:

$ chmod a+w data

Tell your HTTP server to redirect pages not found to index.php. If you are using Apache:

$ cp htaccess.example .htaccess

Finally, you will need Node to build the JavaScript. Install CoffeeScript and UglifyJS:

$ npm install -g coffee-script uglify-js

You can now compile, compress and generate JavaScript source maps:

$ cake build

Further use

This section is only for ninjas and such.


Copy config.example.php to config.php and read the examples to use your own configuration file.

Concurrent Access

Multiple users can see live changes at the same time and not overwrite each other's text. For that you must first install Google Mobwrite on a server and define your endpoint in config.php.

Read-only pages

To make pages read-only, just make them non-writeable on disk:

$ chmod -w data/foo.txt

They will then be shown using the HTML representation through Markdown instead. This is what is used on's homepage.

To deactivate the creation of new pages, simply make the data directory itself non-writeable.


You may use any file name you like as long as it doesn't end like a representation (.txt or .html).

If you prefer /page.js/txt URLs instead of /page.js.txt, the config file has a setting for you.


You can use PHP's built-in server in development:

$ php -S localhost:3000 index.php

Or if you would prefer to serve the app using Rack, a is created, using the rack-legacy and rack-rewrite gems.


You are welcome to contribute by adding issues and forking the code on Github.


Edith is released under the MIT License.

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