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TWiki is a Web-based collaboration platform

  • A TWiki site is an easy-to-use, full-featured open communications environment:
    • people anywhere on the Web or on an intranet can meet
    • rich Web text, images, and online multimedia are easily shared
    • documents and other files can be uploaded and downloaded
    • all you need is a Web browser and any available network connection

TWiki is an UNUSUAL Web-based collaboration platform

  • There's no doubt that, to most people, TWiki at first seems almost the opposite of how the Web and online communications "normally" work. Why?
    • TWiki operates like a whiteboard for the Web - it lets you and all other users write, place pictures, and post links, anywhere on any page.
    • Not only that, everyone can EDIT anything, anywhere on a page.
    • At first, this may seem "too" open - it soon becomes second-nature, allowing you the freedom to edit and update the way you want to.

TWiki is a powerful Web enhancement...

  • TWiki's parsing engine is written in Perl. It reads a text file, and converts TWiki shorthand into standard HTML, on the fly. The point is to:
    • make adding and editing text simple (How simple? Click on the Edit link at the bottom of the page...)
    • let you find information fast (WebSearch)

  • TWiki provides an intuitive way for people to meet and collaborate, that aspires to the Zen ideals known as WabiSabi. It finds beauty in the imperfect and ephemeral and constantly evolving. (When it comes down to it, that's all you need.)

"TWiki" stands for...

  • Wiki wiki means "quick" in Hawaiian. The shuttle at Honolulu Airport is called the wiki wiki bus, which is where the original Wiki web got its name.
  • TWiki is short for TakeFive Wiki, the name of the company where its founder Peter Thoeny worked. (It was later discovered that Twiki is also the name of an AI robot that co-starred in the Buck Rogers movie and TV series from 1979.)

Selected TWiki Topics...


  • TWiki® is a registered trademarks of TWiki founder Peter Thoeny, TWiki.org. The TWiki logo and the "Collaborate with TWiki" tagline are trademarks of Peter Thoeny.
  • TWiki is developed as Free Software under the GNU/GPL.
  • TWiki has its root in the GPLed JosWiki. Many thanks to Markus Peter and Dave Harris for creating JosWiki!
  • TWiki's home address is http://twiki.org/
  • The latest TWiki release is available from http://twiki.org/download.html
  • This site is powered by TWiki version TWiki-6.0.0, Mon, 14 Oct 2013, build 26523

Related Topics: UserDocumentationCategory

-- Contributors: TWiki:Main.MikeMannix, TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny

Comments & Questions about this Distribution Document Topic

Just a simple way to see information throught web systems (mainly intranets in my vision), in future most of information on big companies will be editable making de Web Master's work more easy ...

-- JohnnyMcloud - 04 Nov 2003

The flexibility provided by twiki is amazing.I am looking forward to contribute some plugin for twiki.

-- DevenPuri - 15 Nov 2003

Loooks goood ... !! but whats running at the back end is what i need to know ??

  • Answer: perl, RCS, a webserver
-- Hardeep

Good. Be nice to understand differences with other implementations. Also was the company where you worked called "take five" or "twiki"?

  • Answer: Take Five
-- AndrewCates - 07 Jun 2004

Testing the TWiki features for an opensource project group who are in desperate need of a good collaboration tool for their web site. Hope this works!

-- TWikiGuest - 02 Nov 2004

I have a suggestion. Please make the entry boxes for all the data a different color- I missed a couple while registering. It maybe my vision... but there may be others out there like me too! Please do point out if there is some way I can do this on my browser without editing the page...

-- PavitraKrishnamurthy - 15 Mar 2006

I am looking for a collaborative tool that is easy to install, use and maintain. In addition to comments and links we will need to organize and share document files. How easy is it to set-up Twiki for handling documentation?

-- MikePod - 21 Apr 2006

This is not a documentation question. Please ask in the Support web.

-- PeterThoeny - 28 Apr 2006

Information overload. Just give the reader ONLY the information they need. I suggest hyperlink to hyperlink identifying what they are looking at. "Back" link "Next" link Try and anticipate what this reader needs (New User needs to know HOW it can be used) Give the information in the order it should be used. As a man I can only think and do one thing at a time smile

-- DavidStacey - 2010-01-05

Thanks David for the feedback. (I removed DavidStacey's account as requested via e-mail)

-- PeterThoeny - 2010-01-15

This is to test the comment line

-- MinChenRIM - 2011-04-05

How easy Twiki is smile

-- WisanPrasongsook - 2011-05-22

how are you Twiki? big grin

-- VogenGurung - 2012-05-29


-- Søren Pedersen - 2013-04-11

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