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ZIM(1) User Commands ZIM(1)

zim - A Desktop Wiki Editor

usage: zim [OPTIONS] [NOTEBOOK [PAGE]]
or: zim --server [OPTIONS] [NOTEBOOK]
or: zim --export [OPTIONS] NOTEBOOK [PAGE]
or: zim --search NOTEBOOK QUERY
or: zim --index NOTEBOOK
or: zim --plugin PLUGIN [ARGUMENTS]
or: zim --manual [OPTIONS] [PAGE]
or: zim --help

Zim is a graphical text editor used to maintain a collection of wiki pages. Each page can contain links to other pages, simple formatting and images. Pages are stored in a folder structure, like in an outliner, and can have attachments. Creating a new page is as easy as linking to a nonexistent page. All data is stored in plain text files with wiki formatting. Various plugins provide additional functionality, like a task list manager, an equation editor, a tray icon, and support for version control.
Zim can be used to: * Keep an archive of notes * Take notes during meetings or lectures * Organize task lists * Draft blog entries and emails * Do brainstorming

General Options:
--gui run the editor (this is the default)
--server run the web server
--export export to a different format
--search run a search query on a notebook
--index build an index for a notebook
--plugin call a specific plugin function
--manual open the user manual
-V, --verbose print information to terminal
-D, --debug print debug messages
-v, --version print version and exit
-h, --help print this text
GUI Options:
--list show the list with notebooks instead of
opening the default notebook
--geometry window size and position as WxH+X+Y
--fullscreen start in fullscreen mode
--standalone start a single instance, no background process
Server Options:
--port port to use (defaults to 8080)
--template name of the template to use
--gui run the gui wrapper for the server
Export Options:
-o, --output output directory (mandatory option)
--format format to use (defaults to 'html')
--template name of the template to use
--root-url url to use for the document root
--index-page index page name
-r, --recursive when exporting a page, also export sub-pages
-s, --singlefile export all pages to a single output file
-O, --overwrite force overwriting existing file(s)
Search Options:
Index Options:
Try 'zim --manual' for more help.

Jaap Karssenberg <>

The full documentation for zim is maintained as a zim notebook. The command
zim --manual
should give you access to the complete manual.
The website for zim can be found at
January 2019 zim 0.68

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