Zim: A Wiki-like note-taking application that makes things easier

Introduction: Zim is an impressive note-taking application for users who want to collect their notes, tasks or ideas in Wiki style. Here, let’s take a look at what it offers.

Zim: Desktop Wiki

Zim Undoubtedly one of the best note-taking applications on Linux, but it is not just another ordinary note-taking application that lets you add ideas/tasks and save them.

It is designed to help you maintain a collection of annotations in the form of Wiki pages. In other words, you can have a lot of notes (tasks/ideas) and link them to each other, making it easier to browse content added in the past.

Here, I will outline the features you get with Zim and how to install it on Linux.

Features of Zim Wiki

During the exploration, you will find many options, here I will focus on the following main functions:

  • Support for adding tasks
  • You can use it as a diary
  • Easy to save notes archive
  • Support several mark types
  • Auto save
  • Easily compatible with other text editors
  • Ability to link other notes to browse page collection
  • Ability to open embedded images using native applications
  • Support for embedded equations
  • LaTeX equation editor
  • Export comments as HTML to publish them as web pages
  • Easily edit configuration files to adjust the editor’s color scheme
  • Key binding supports only keyboard navigation
  • Support plugins to add spell checker and other useful tools
  • Basic format support for basic content such as subscript and superscript
  • Ability to save notes for different versions (version control system)
  • Easy to use/create templates for quick use
  • Cross-platform support

The feature set is absolutely impressive, and a little overwhelming for basic note usage. However, depending on your usage, you should try to make the most of it.

Install Zim on Linux

Zim Wiki screenshot

You should find it in the software center or application center of your Linux distribution. Just search and install it.

one left Zim Wiki Flatpak Package is available. If you don’t know, I suggest you read our article on using Flatpak on Linux.

You should also find it on other repositories such as AUR. In addition, you can find the source code at GitHub, If you are curious.

Zim Wiki

wrap up

Zim Wiki is definitely a great note taking application on Linux. You can also use it on Windows or Mac OS systems. Therefore, you can collect notes/thoughts anytime, anywhere.

Unlike some other note-taking apps, as far as I know, you can’t find a suitable mobile client for it.

Overall, this is an interesting choice for advanced users who have a lot of notes and ideas to keep track of. What do you think of this? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.