I am looking for a good personal desktop wiki with a good desktop integration. Like for example drag and drop of files, images, etc. I am currently evaluating WikidPad.

Which personal wiki are you using and what is your experience with it?


I've used TiddlyWiki recently. It has some nice features and in combination with jsMath you can even use it to embed latex formulas into your wiki.

The really cool thing about Tiddly is the fact that it's zero-config, because it just consists of html and some javascript. Put it into a directory and you can start using it.



DokuWiki is a standards compliant, simple to use Wiki, mainly aimed at creating documentation of any kind. It is targeted at developer teams, workgroups and small companies. It has a simple but powerful syntax which makes sure the datafiles remain readable outside the Wiki and eases the creation of structured texts. All data is stored in plain text files ? no database is required.



Not a true wiki but it is excellent for gathering notes from various sources.


+1 for WikidPad. I used WikidPad extensively at work until coworkers and I grass-rooted a proper Wiki into the department. WikidPad is brilliant for simple-and-fast single user wiki work, and its formatting is easy to migrate to proper wikis later on. I also like that it can generate HTML output.

Alternatively, I highly recommend Foswiki.org (former TWiki). It's a highly mature Wiki with a very good WYSIWYG editor as well as solid wiki-ML, and it also allows all HTML tags! It is very easy to install on many platforms and contains good security measures.


There is Zim, which is a desktop wiki. It is a very simple wiki, as it saves all its data in wiki-formatted text files, but it may be useful for you.



+1 For TiddlyWiki

I will also throw in a shout out to GTDTiddlyWiki, which I believe is an offshoot of TiddlyWiki. GTDTiddlyWiki is a great personal organizer and personal information manager.


We use ScrewTurn Wiki in our department which is a free and easy one to use.



I haven't tried any of them yet, but I would probably go with MoinMoin Desktop Edition


  • Flat files
  • DB abstraction layer, so I can put it on the web later if I want to
  • Written in Python
  • It's fast
  • Simple setup
  • Used by CentOS, Ubuntu, ...

You should look at ConnectedText (www.connectedtext.com). It has all standard wiki features, it is robust and included semantic extensions, not available in other systems.