This is JohnWiegley’s implementation of a Wiki. See WikiModes for a comparison with other wiki modes and a clarification of the terms used.

EmacsWikiMode is a personal wiki: a wiki that’s only available to you. You might also think of it as a wiki-like publishing tool and personal information manager. emacs-wiki.el allows you to create a wiki on your local system and export HTML pages, in its basic configuration. It does not allow you to edit the pages of emacswiki.org – see WikiModes for more. To obtain the latest version, it is best to use Arch. Instructions may be found on http://mwolson.org/projects/EmacsWikiMode.html. Development snapshots and releases are available on the aforementioned site.

Archive mwolson@gnu.org--2005
Location http://www.mwolson.org/archives/2005
Branch emacs-wiki--main--1.0
Latest development snapshot http://www.mwolson.org/static/dist/emacs-wiki-latest.tar.gz
Releases http://www.mwolson.org/static/dist/emacs-wiki/

EmacsWikiMode is an important part of PlannerMode. EmacsWikiMode can save your wiki as a set of HTML files, or it can act as a web server (together with EmacsHttpd).

This EmacsWikiMode is a major-mode, i.e. it replaces the mode that you usually use for editing files. At first I didn’t like it but in hindsight it’s ok because Wiki files have their own markup.

If you would like to have a minor-mode, use WikiMode by AlexSchroeder.

JohnWiegley is the author of emacs-wiki.el, based on the wiki.el (See WikiMode) by Alex. The current maintainer of this project is MichaelOlson.

Note : EmacsMuse is considered to be the eventual replacement for Emacs Wiki Mode. EmacsMuse has been brought to you by JohnWiegley, who is the same guy who made Emacs Wiki Mode. MichaelOlson plans to port over any missing features and functionality from Emacs Wiki to Muse.

The emacs-wiki manual is available on-line in several forms.

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EmacsWikiMode Features


Q: Is there any step by step installation guide for someone new to Emacs?

A: You can find installation instructions in the beginning of the file which you download to install EmacsWikiMode (after you un-gzipped it). When you start EmacsWikiMode, hit “Control-h m” for some information.

Q: Which program versions are necessary? (Emacs? XEmacs?)

A: Either. Version 2.67 of emacs-wiki should work equally well with both editors. M-x customize-variable emacs-wiki-mode-hook RET, check the ‘emacs-wiki-highlight-buffer option. This is needed to get XEmacs to color the buffer correctly.

Q: Which files need to be copied to which directories?

A: Put the entire downloaded and unzipped “emacs-wiki” directory wherever you want. See LoadPath for more.

Q: Which files need to be edited in which way?

A: Now you need to find your InitFile. If the file does not exist yet, create it.

Put these two lines into the file:

    (add-to-list 'load-path "/path/to/the/directory/where/emacs-wiki/resides/")
    (require 'emacs-wiki)

You can then start editing your main wiki page with

   M-x emacs-wiki-find-file RET RET

Q: How to move around in wiki mode?

A: Use [tab] and [shift-tab] to move around, and [return] to visit a link.

Q: Sometimes HardReturns do not seem to work. So how does one make new lines?

A: Work Arounds:

  1. Press C-o
  2. A person can copy and paste returns (CR or CR/LF) in to make new lines.
  3. Press C-q C-j. The C-q quotes the linefeed.

Q: What is the markup of EmacsWikiMode?

A: See http://repose.cx/emacs/wiki/WikiMarkup.html (this link is broken)

Q: How do I publish a page to HTML?

A: C-c C-p (emacs-wiki-publish)

Q: I’m not grokking the <lisp>...</lisp> tags. When I use them, I get lots of HTML barfed into the emacs buffer. This makes it next to impossible to edit the file, since the TextCursor movement respects the <lisp>...</lisp> text, but what I see is the HTML it produces. This is sort of like playing blindfolded chess… Is this the intended behavior?

A: Make sure that you don’t use the (insert) command at all. The value returned by the <lisp> block will be inserted automatically into the buffer at publish time; this value is also shown when displaying the file in Emacs.

Q: Is there any way to prevent EmacsWikiMode treating all files in a directory as Wiki files? So that it is easy to maintain links I want to have my Wiki files in the same folder as the generated HTML but that means that every file I open there is treated as an EmacsWikiMode file. In fact that happens even if the file concerned is a Python file deep down in a subdirectory of the Wiki directory. Or have I missed something obvious (wouldn’t be the first time)? -- Kevin Whitefoot

A: You can try customizing the ‘emacs-wiki-full-path-ignore-regexp’ variable by appending something like “\\|/path/to/python/subdir” to the default value. Currently emacs-wiki does not do a good job at ignoring non-Wiki files in Wiki directories.

More Documentation for beginners

I propose that anybody who fights his way through PlannerMode and EmacsWikiMode should feel encouraged to insert his experiences in EmacsWiki in a useful way.

If you are not familiar with wikis, you should read here first: http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WikiGettingStartedFaq .

If you are not somewhat familiar with Emacs you should learn to move around Emacs first.

After that, EmacsWikiMode should be very easy to use for you. After setup, which is explained in the beginning the download-file “emacs-wiki.el”, you only need to start typing. The only thing you really need to know is that links look like “[[target][explaining text]]”.

See also: Emacs and EmacsWikiMode on PDAs

A lot of information is contained in the archive of the EmacsWikiMailingList. It is a good place to get help and trade ideas.

Please consult http://www.mwolson.org/projects/ReportingEmacsLispBugs.html before filing a bug report.

(If you find answers to questions there, please edit them into this page!)

EmacsWikiMode as standalone web server

Note: If you want to run EmacsWikiMode as a standalone web server (which then has the advantages of allowing page editing, dynamic content, etc), you should use EmacsHttpd in conjunction with my HttpdServe python server. HttpdServe handles all static content, passing only Wiki queries to Emacs. It also keeps a dedicated, background Emacs process running to handle these queries, which itself will cache the HTML that it generates! The result is that EmacsWikiMode + EmacsHttpd + HttpdServe can serve EmacsWikiMode pages directly to users at a rate of about 100 pg/sec (on my machine, P4 1.4 Ghz). – JohnWiegley


To use partial-completion-mode in emacs-wiki-find-file:

    (defadvice emacs-wiki-read-name (around partial-completion activate)
      (let ((PC-word-delimiters "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ"))

such that, for example, WP can be expanded to WelcomePage in the minibuffer.

Useful snippets

EmacsWiki as an Wiki:InterWiki name

In recent versions, just use


If you have an old version, do something like:

 (add-to-list 'emacs-wiki-interwiki-names
	      '("EmacsWiki" .
	        (lambda (tag)
		  (concat "http://www.emacswiki.org/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?"
			  (or tag "EmacsWiki")))))


Michael Allan Dorkman manages a number of wikis underneath a main directory with this Lisp snippet:

    (defun subwiki (project)
       (list project
             (list 'emacs-wiki-directories (concat "~/Wiki/" project))
             (cons 'emacs-wiki-home-page "WikiIndex.html")
             (cons 'emacs-wiki-publishing-directory (concat "~/public_html/" project))
             (cons 'emacs-wiki-project-server-prefix (concat "http://localhost/~mdorman/" project "/"))))
    (setq emacs-wiki-projects (list (subwiki "Foo")
                                    (subwiki "Bar")
                                    (subwiki "Wombat")
                                    (subwiki "Lemur")))

Use ido to load a wiki page

StefanReichoer: I use a wiki as my knowledge database. To get quick access to a specific page, I use the following function bound to C-f12:

    (defun xsteve-open-wiki-page ()
      (let ((default-directory "~/data/wiki"))
    (global-set-key [(control f12)] 'xsteve-open-wiki-page)

Allowing spaces in links

At least I hope I understood correctly that this will allow spaces in links. You can check this by reading the whole thread in the mailing list. The following is contained in a mail by Sacha Chua, March, 24th 2004, with the title “[emacs-wiki-discuss] Re: can you help me with some formatting issues”:

(customize-set-variable ‘emacs-wiki-extended-link-regexp “
]”) (emacs-wiki-configure-highlighting ‘emacs-wiki-highlight-markup emacs-wiki-highlight-markup) (planner-update-wiki-project)

This has been implemented in emacs-wiki 2.66.

Toggle WikiLink on and off

Depending on the type of the text you write, you might be typing a lot of CamelCase words that are, however, not links. Writing <nop> is cumbersome after a few iterations, and sometimes you’ll have to remove it again. Here’s a short function that toggles the current CamelCaps word between wikilink and non-link:

  (defun emacs-wiki-unlink-toggle ()
    "Toggle <nop> string in the beginning of the current word, to un/make a
    word emacs-wiki link. The current word depends on the point: if the cursor
    is on a non-whitespace character, it's considered a word surrounded by
    whitespace. If the cursor is on a whitespace character, the next word is
    looked up. This way addressing a word works intuitively after having
    arrived on the spot using forward-word."
      (if (looking-at "[[:space:]]")
          (goto-char (- (re-search-forward "[A-Za-z<]") 1))
          (goto-char (+ (re-search-backward "[[:space:]]") 1)))
      (if (looking-at "<nop>")
        (delete-char 5)
        (insert "<nop>"))))

I hook it up to C-n with this:

  (add-hook 'emacs-wiki-mode-hook
    '(lambda () (local-set-key "\C-c\C-n" 'emacs-wiki-unlink-toggle)))


Change published pages' file mode during publishing

I have set umask 027 in my ~/.profile. Emacs has a problem setting the proper file permissions for the published html pages with that. I’m sure that everything that I publish should be published to the world! Now, here is the snippet I use to do a chmod 644 on every published file automatically, just after publishing:

    (defun my-emacs-wiki-chmod-644-published-file (file)
     (let* ((page (emacs-wiki-page-name file))
            (published (emacs-wiki-published-file page)))
       (shell-command (concat "chmod 644 " published))))
   (add-hook 'emacs-wiki-after-file-publish-hook 'my-emacs-wiki-chmod-644-published-file)

Add skeletons into your emacs wiki pages easily

See SkeletonMode for more information on skeletons

Useful for creating a wide variety of links to things very quickly. Also works in the minibuffer if you select a region to use as input first.

    (defun chrismdp/skeleton-read-or-use-region (prompt)
    (if mark-active
			(delete-and-extract-region (region-beginning) (region-end))) 
	(skeleton-read prompt)))
    (define-skeleton chrismdp/planner-skeleton-company-bug-link
	"Insert a link to the company bug list"
	'(setq str (chrismdp/skeleton-read-or-use-region "Bug #: "))
	"[[http://bugs.company.co.uk/show_bug.cgi?id=" str "][Bug " str "]]")
    (define-skeleton chrismdp/planner-skeleton-bbdb-link
	"Insert a link to the BBDB"
	'(setq str (chrismdp/skeleton-read-or-use-region "Name: "))
	(if (featurep 'xemacsp) 
			(replace-in-string " " "." str) 
		(replace-regexp-in-string " " "." str)) 
	"][" str "]]")


Glossary in emacs wiki

AaronBrady (aka ‘me’) wrote this small function for starting and adding definitions to a glossary:

  (defun glossary-insert-def (term def)
  "Insert a term in the 'glossary' section in relative alphabetical order and in the current text for emacs-wiki mode

“ (interactive “sterm: sdefinition:”) ;; insert at the current location ;;(insert term “ :: “ def )

    (if (not (re-search-forward "^Glossary:" nil t))
          (goto-char (point-max))
          (insert "\n\nGlossary:")
          (save-excursion (insert "\n\nGlossary End:"))
    ;; advance to line after Glossary header
    (forward-line 1)
    ;; find relative alphabetical match
          (lambda (term)
            "two ways for this to terminate: a search for term

failure, and a string comparison failure. For the search failure the ‘Glossary End’ must be searched for. For the string comparsion, the line its on is fine”

            (if (re-search-forward "^\\(.*\\)::" nil t)
                (if (string< (match-string 1) term)
                    (funcall set-insert-pos term)
              ;; no search match. find end of glossary
              (re-search-forward "^Glossary End:")
       (funcall set-insert-pos term)
    ;; assume we're in the right line
    (insert term " :: " def "\n\n")

EmacsWiki and LaTeX

Can I write some LaTeX formulas in a wiki page ?

Yes, You can find informations on http://www.sfu.ca/~gswamina/EmacsWikiBlog.html#sec4. Basically, you have to use dvi2png (see http://preview-latex.sf.net/) and http://www.sfu.ca/~gswamina/code/latex2png.el and put this in your init file.

  (require 'emacs-wiki "~/.elisp/emacs-wiki/emacs-wiki")
  (load "~/.elisp/latex2png.el")
  (load "~/.elisp/emacs-wiki-blog.el")
  (load "~/.elisp/plog.el")
  ;; Inline LaTex
  (push '("latex" t t t gs-latex-tag) emacs-wiki-markup-tags)
  (setq gs-latex2png-scale-factor 2.5)

Then you can put the following lines in a wiki page and see the image in the published html page.

  <latex prefix="MyPrefix">
  $$ \frac{a_b}{c_d} $$

The latest version (25 september 2004) of latex2png has the “Transparent” background activated.

Open Questions / Problems

I found emacswikimode on windows system how-to guide. but now i cant find it anymore. any clue?

I found an interesting characteristic of WikiMode today. If I use C-c C-r to change the name of a page and then use C-c and C-p to publish the resulting Wiki, I do indeed get the new page, but the old page still exists, too. If I do that too much, I’ll need to start manually pruning my html files. – Bill Harris

I think that’s the correct behaviour - otherwise it would prohibit people from storing other files (like images) in their publishing directory. If you want to ensure the old files go away, just remove the entire directory and publish againDamienElmes

Some small inconveniences:

 * Yes, finally I find the answer to how to do this.  Being used to
   the traditional wikis, I severely missed the "go back to
   originating page" key after following a link (even after a
   non-accidental link traversal).

Killing the buffer works for me, although, perhaps a keybinding (such as Shift-Return, similar in use to the Shift-Tab binding) may be worthwhile if you want to keep buffers open and still return to the previous page.

I globally bind a key to bury-buffer (Due to Windows holdovers, I chose C-f4).

  • An inserted image should work like preview-latex does, i.e., when I’m directly on the link with point, I want to see the text (’[[./wife.jpg][A picture of my wife]]’), not the image itself.


Not sure how easy that one would be. Would you expect RET to still work on it? Certainly an interesting idea.DamienElmes

  • There’s a problem with the publishing of a ChangeLog. The resulting html page contains lots of lisp tags, their content wasn’t evaluated and replaced by the evaluation results.

This was fixed in the development snapshot patch 41. – GoetzWaschk

Sorry, but I’m using the version 2004.03.26-15.16 and still got this problem. – Tim K

Please try sacha@free.net.ph--main/emacs-wiki--dev--1.0--patch-5, or dev current. E-mail me feedback so that I can either tweak it some more or merge it into stable. Thanks! =) – SachaChua

I started playing with the tiny-tools package from sourceforge, but emacs-wiki broke. This is to do with the way that tiny-path, ignores directories in the load path with the prefix (x)emacs. This is by design, for reasons that RTFM of the tiny-path docs will explain. The way around this is to put the emacswiki in the load path before calling tinypath.


I have just found a (dirty) hacking to fix the bug:

--- emacs-wiki-old.el   2004-04-05 15:05:48.000000000 +0800
+++ emacs-wiki-new.el   2004-04-05 15:05:15.000000000 +0800
@@ -2706,6 +2706,8 @@
       (if (file-readable-p emacs-wiki-publishing-footer)
          (insert-file-contents emacs-wiki-publishing-footer)
        (insert emacs-wiki-publishing-footer))))
+   ;; process any remaining markup tags
+   [emacs-wiki-tag-regexp 0 emacs-wiki-markup-custom-tags])
   "List of markup rules for publishing ChangeLog files.
 These are used when the wiki page's name is ChangeLog."
   :type '(repeat

– Tim K

Known bugs

EmacsWikiMode Wish List

Can I have an encrypted wiki? Check the AutoEncryption page and the MailCrypt package. Maybe that helps.

It seems to me that encryption is included into emacs-wiki via the pgg interface. Check the encryption infonode. --JulienBarnier

I’d love this too, tighter tex integration. This could be done via

 -- See Emacs Wiki and Latex above  

Any idea where / how to start ?? I’m not so bothered about export to latex of the notes, but the ability to copy my emacs-wiki formulas into latex documents would be great.

Start by playing with emacs-wiki-highlight-markup. It’s a bit constrained for efficiency reasons, but provided you can consistently match on a start character like $, you should be able to integrate it with preview-latex. How much work would be involved though, I don’t know.

I have a web wiki (http://aadis.de/wiki) and I’d like to use Emacs wiki to edit/maintain it; so I can edit it on the road via a web browser and use emacs wiki when I have it. Is this possible? Any ideas? --AadityaSood

Check WikiModes for some ideas.--SachaChua

Web Sites That Use EmacsWikiMode

Rather obsolete information

Why is this page obsolete? I found some very useful information there. --AndreKuehne

I’m not actively contributing to EmacsWikiMode, but I still look after that page. --DamienElmes
New maintainer is MichaelOlson.
DamienElmes homepage is dead, what is the new url ? --XavierMaillard

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