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Release 5.1.22

 15th April 2020 at 4:08pm

See GitHub for detailed change history of this release

Congratulations to Thomas Elmiger for his winning design for the banner for this release (here are the other entries).

Major Improvements

Dynamic Plugin Loading

Plugins can now be loaded or deleted dynamically, without requiring a reload – as long as they don't contain any JavaScript modules. Plugins that require a reload are indicated in the plugin chooser in $:/ControlPanel.

The plugin listing and the plugin chooser in the control panel feature several improvements:

  • A new "Updates" tab listing all upgrades available from a plugin library, and a button to update all of them with one click
  • Tabs are now used to display plugin libraries within the plugin chooser
  • The plugin chooser now displays plugins that provide add-on functionality to another plugin as nested "sub-plugins", making the main listing easier to navigate
  • Plugins may now declare dependencies that are automatically installed without user intervention
  • All plugins are now displayed more consistently, including a concise, informal name (in addition to the description and title)

Client-Server Improvements

This release sees several improvements to the client-server configuration:

  • Improved resilience to connection errors. Errors encountered by the browser are automatically retried, and when they succeed the associated error messages are automatically removed
  • Changes to system tiddlers are now synchronised from the server to the browser
  • Deletions of tiddlers on the server are now synchronised to the browser
  • New "cloud" page control button with a dropdown menu showing status and additional actions:
    • "Refresh from server" to force an immediate check for changes from the server
    • "Logout"
    • "Save snapshot for offline use" to save a copy of the wiki without the client-server components
    • "Copy syncer logs to clipboard" to make it easier to ask end users for debugging information
  • Added "filter" and "exclude" parameters to the GET /recipes/default/tiddlers.json endpoint to allow the returned tiddlers and fields to be filtered
  • Enhanced LazyLoading to include skinny versions of tiddlers in the HTML file, and to avoid unnecessary loads from the server
  • The official plugin library is now disabled when the tiddlyweb adaptor is active
  • Internal file system details are no longer exposed to browsers when a file request fails (see

See the pull request on GitHub for more details.

New compare Operator

Added a new filter operator for comparing numbers, strings, dates and version numbers. For example:

returns nothing
returns "2"
returns "2"
=1.2 =1.8 =2.3 =3.4 =7.2 +[compare:number:gt[1.5]compare:number:lt[2.5]]
returns "1.8" "2.3"
returns "no"

New Plugins

  • Added new menubar plugin that creates a menu bar that is responsive on mobile devices, and supports search, dropdowns and links
  • Added new freelinks plugin to automatically create links from any tiddler title, without having to type double square brackets or use CamelCase.
  • Added new dynannotate plugin containing primitives for overlaying annotations or highlights over other content
  • Added new share plugin for sharing tiddlers via the URL location hash
  • Switched the markdown plugin to the newer and improved remarkable library

Translation Improvements

  • Improved Chinese translation
  • Improved Dutch translation
  • Improved French translation
  • Improved German translations
  • Improved Portuguese translation

Performance Improvements

Usability Improvements

Hackability Improvements

Bug Fixes


@Jermolene would like to thank the contributors to this release who have generously given their time to help improve TiddlyWiki: