wikidPad is a Wiki-like notebook
for storing your thoughts, ideas, todo lists, contacts, or anything
else you can think of to write down.
What makes wikidPad different from other notepad applications is the
ease with which you can cross-link your information. Links in a wiki
are created by typing in WikiWords. A WikiWord is any mixed case word
typed into the editor. TodoList or JohnDoe are example
WikiWords. The term wiki means "quick" in Hawaiian, and wikis are all
about quickly linking your information together. Wikis are not a new concept, in fact
there are many web based wiki servers available.
On the fly WikiWord linking, as you type
Easy WikiWord navigation
Wiki text styling
Wiki document attributes
Tree/Outline view with over 100 icons
Search and Replace
Export to HTML
All your data is stored in plain text
URL and file linking
Help Wiki included
wikidPad is a real-time wiki
wikidPad is not a web server, or application server, or groupware
solution. wikidPad is a standalone notepad like application, albeit
notepad on steroids. wikidPad is like an IDE for your thoughts.
IDE for your thoughts Software developers have grown accustomed to certain features
from their integrated development environment that make their jobs easier.
Features like auto-completion, outline views, incremental search, easy source
code navigation. IDE's that provide these features can greatly increase
developer productivity. wikidPad attempts to utilize some of these
features to address the problem of personal information management.
Personal Information Management
How do you manage all of the random bits of information in your
personal and professional life? Word documents, text files, Microsoft
Outlook folders/notes. If you're an expert user maybe you have
a weblog, or a personal database, or possibly an outlining application.
Where do you track your wifes favorite food, your bosses kids names,
your personal todo list, the name of the movie you just read a review
of, the name of the book a friend recommended. wikidPad was created to
address this issue of personal information management. It provides a
place to manage the massive amounts of information you have stuffed in
your head, on stickies, or on your computer.
A complete online documentation for beginners and advanced users is
here: Help and First Steps
(thanks to Jan Stegehuis)
To search all available documentation resources:
The included help wiki is also available in Hungarian language for
(thanks to Török Árpád).
Installation Windows: Use of a binary installer is recommended. Users of
Windows 98/ME should read the hint below before downloading.
wxPython Runtime downgrade 1.0
(works with 2.0rc03, 2.1alpha03 or later)
To use this add-on, install first an appropriate WikidPad version,
then install the add-on in the same directory.
The add-on should solve a problem with tree view (vanishing plus/minus)
by downgrading wxPython version. Use on Windows 7 is not recommended!
For users of WikidPad 2.0 or later with Windows binary
If WikidPad refuses to start, e.g. with message "CreateProcess failed; code 14001"
try to download and install vcredist_x86.exe from Microsoft.
For users of Windows 98/ME
WikidPad 2.0 or later does not support these systems.
WikidPad version 1.6 and later needs a file
named "unicows.dll" which must be placed either in the installation
directory of the binary version of WikidPad (where "WikidPad.exe" is)
or in the "\Windows\System" directory.
You can find the file either
or download an installer for it from
You should also download the file
if you do not have it. It is not absolutely necessary, but allows to
use an external HTML preview renderer (since 1.8beta6). Important remark
Please install WikidPad only in a path which consists completely of
ASCII-characters, this means only 'a' to 'z' letters, lower or upper case,
digits and punctuation characters like underscore, dot and comma.
If you are interested in a WikidPad variant for Android OS go to
WikidPad was invented by Jason Horman who made it
open source in June 2005.
Since October 2005 (version 1.20beta1)
Michael Butscher is the
main developer of WikidPad.
If you want to donate to Michael Butscher for his work and
you have a Paypal account use the following link to donate via