TiddlyWiki5 on RPI

Monday, 16 Sep. 2013

TiddlyWiki 5 on the Raspberry Pi

Use the following method to build and host TiddlyWiki 5 node edition on a Raspberry Pi.

This setup can be used on a Raspberry Pi (model B v.2) with a default raspian installation (Wheezy). 

You can copy/paste the following codes one by one and have a functional setup when finished.

Make sure you can access the Rpi over ssh ... if you need to enable ssh you can run the config with:

sudo raspi-config

(find the ssh entry in the list and enable)

Connect to your Rpi on another pc in a terminal with ssh (you need to know the ip of the Rpi):

ssh pi@your_local_ip


ssh pi@

(default password is "raspberry")

Once you have access with ssh you should be able to paste the following code's in the terminal one by one and end with a basic setup. (on linux copy with: Ctrl-c and paste in the terminal with Ctrl-Shift-v or Ctrl-Shift-insert)

Start here:

cd /

install node.js

sudo apt-get install python g++ make

create a directory for node

mkdir ~/nodejs && cd $_

get the latest node version

wget -N http://nodejs.org/dist/node-latest.tar.gz


tar xzvf node-latest.tar.gz && cd `ls -rd node-v*`



make (this step takes about 2.5 hours on the rpi...)

sudo make install

...check if node is installed properly by checking the version:

node -v

TiddlyWiki is distributed as a GitHub repository ... so we need to install git

sudo apt-get install git

(follow the instructions and confirm on installation with a "y")

make a directory to install the TW5 node app

sudo mkdir /opt/tw

adjust the rights 

sudo chmod -R 775 /opt/tw/

make the user a member ("pi" the user)

sudo chown ${USER}:pi -R /opt/tw/

cd to /opt/tw

cd /opt/tw

get the TW5 repo with git

as user

git clone https://github.com/Jermolene/TiddlyWiki5.git

check if the folder /TiddlyWiki5 is created in opt/tw

cd /op/tw/TiddlyWiki5

Time to make your Raspberry Pi build TiddlyWiki5

Lets do a test with the default script (we change this later)

create a folder in /opt/tw

cd /opt/tw
mkdir jermolene.github.com
cd /opt/tw/TiddlyWiki5

use the build script


check in /opt/tw/jermolene.github.com if the TiddlyWiki's are created

Use the developmentserver like this (be warned it's unsafe for production!)

cd /opt/tw/TiddlyWiki5

This will start your server at the local ip on port 8080

Ctrl-c to stop the server again

Tiddlers are stored in:


In the following articles we will change the buildscript, use a safe server for production, build .tid's with data via scripts and use cron to update TW5.