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 14th July 2021 at 1:07pm

Tiddlers can be stored in text files in several different formats. Files containing single tiddlers can also have an auxiliary .meta file formatted as a sequence of name:value pairs:

title: TheTitle
modifier: someone

TiddlyWeb-style .tid files

These files consist of a sequence of lines containing name:value pairs, a blank line and then the text of the tiddler. For example:

title: MyTiddler
modifier: Jeremy

This is the text of my tiddler.

Note that many text editors require that files include a terminating newline. If you want to avoid including the terminating newline in the text of the tiddler you can use this alternative syntax:

title: MyTiddler
modifier: Jeremy
text: This is the text of my tiddler.

The ContentType application/x-tiddler is used internally for these files

TiddlyWiki <DIV> .tiddler files

In TiddlyWiki 5, *.tiddler files look like this:

<div title="AnotherExampleStyleSheet" modifier="blaine" created="201102111106" modified="201102111310" tags="examples" creator="psd">
<pre>Note that there is an embedded <pre> tag, and line feeds are not escaped.

And, weirdly, there is no HTML encoding of the body.</pre>

These *.tiddler files are not exactly the same as the tiddlers inside a TiddlyWiki HTML file where they are HTML encoded.

Older *.tiddler files more closely matched the store format used by TiddlyWiki at the time:

<div tiddler="AnotherExampleStyleSheet" modifier="JeremyRuston" modified="200508181432" created="200508181432" tags="examples">This is an old-school .tiddler file, without an embedded &lt;pre&gt; tag.\nNote how the body is &quot;HTML encoded&quot; and new lines are escaped to \\n</div>

The ContentType application/x-tiddler-html-div is used internally for these files

TiddlyWeb-style JSON files

These files are a straightforward array of hashmaps of name:value properties. All field values must be specified as strings.

For example:

		"title": "First Tiddler",
		"text": "Text of first tiddler",
		"tags": "one two [[t h r e e]]"
		"title": "Second Tiddler",
		"text": "Text of second tiddler",
		"modified": "20150216171751154"

The ContentType application/json is used internally for these files.

Note that JSON files that do not conform to the tiddler structure will instead be imported as a single tiddler containing the JSON data.

New JSON-based format for TiddlyWiki HTML files

The new format for TiddlyWiki HTML files embeds the tiddlers in JSON format within a script tag:

<script class="tiddlywiki-tiddler-store" type="application/json">[
{"title": "A","text": "One"},
{"title": "B","text": "Two"}

Old DIV-based format for TiddlyWiki HTML files

TiddlyWiki Classic and TiddlyWiki 5 prior to version v5.2.0 stored tiddlers encoded in <DIV> format.

For TiddlyWiki to import an unencrypted DIV-based HTML file, it requires a <div id="storeArea"> containing tiddler DIVs as explained above. For example:

<div id="storeArea">
<div created="20130302085406905" modified="20130302084548184" tags="Examples" title="A tiddler title">
<pre>HTML encoded text of tiddler
<div created="20140315085406905" modified="20140321084548184" tags="One Two [[Three with Space]]" title="Another title" customfield="field value">
<pre>Text of this tiddler