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29th December 2013 at 1:05pm

The server built in to TiddlyWiki5 is very simple. Although compatible with TiddlyWeb it doesn't support many of the features needed for robust Internet-facing usage.

At the root, it serves a rendering of a specified tiddler. Away from the root, it serves individual tiddlers encoded in JSON, and supports the basic HTTP operations for GET, PUT and DELETE.

--server <port> <roottiddler> <rendertype> <servetype> <username> <password> <host> <pathprefix>

The parameters are:

  • port - port number to serve from (defaults to "8080")
  • roottiddler - the tiddler to serve at the root (defaults to "$:/core/save/all")
  • rendertype - the content type to which the root tiddler should be rendered (defaults to "text/plain")
  • servetype - the content type with which the root tiddler should be served (defaults to "text/html")
  • username - the default username for signing edits
  • password - optional password for basic authentication
  • host - optional hostname to serve from (defaults to "" aka "localhost")
  • pathprefix - optional prefix for paths

If the password parameter is specified then the browser will prompt the user for the username and password. Note that the password is transmitted in plain text so this implementation isn't suitable for general use.

For example:

--server 8080 $:/core/save/all text/plain text/html MyUserName passw0rd

The username and password can be specified as empty strings if you need to set the hostname or pathprefix and don't want to require a password:

--server 8080 $:/core/save/all text/plain text/html "" ""

To run multiple TiddlyWiki servers at the same time you'll need to put each one on a different port.