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"Zim is a graphical text editor used to maintain a collection of wiki pages. Each page can contain links to other pages, simple formatting and images. Pages are stored in a folder structure, like in an outliner, and can have attachments. Creating a new page is as easy as linking to a nonexistent page. All data is stored in plain text files with wiki formatting. Various plugins provide additional functionality, like a task list manager, an equation editor, a tray icon, and support for version control.


  • Keep an archive of notes
  • Take notes during meetings or lectures
  • Organize task lists
  • Draft blog entries and emails
  • Do brainstorming


Zim can be found in the community repository.

# pacman -S zim


The usage of Zim is very self-explanatory. This screencast provides a good overview about the basic functionality.


The main configuration file is located in Zim's config directory: Template:Filename. Another important file is located in the same directory: Template:Filename. This file contains a list of all wikis and there file path.

Besides the configuration there exist the wiki directories which are set up when a new wikis are created. Those folders store all wiki pages in plain txt format.

Zim Tips

Specific user tricks to accomplish tasks.


Zim provides a lot of useful plugins where many of them are not enabled by default. They can be found at Edit -> Preferences -> Plugins. That is, there is a plugin which provides a tray icon.


Problems at launch

A common error is at start up resulting in a error message like the following ¹:

UnboundLocalError: local variable 'i' referenced before assignment

It is often related to a problem with the file path of the wikis stored in Template:Filename. Try to delete or move this file and restart Zim.