Programming language: JavaScript
License: MIT License
Tags: Wikis    
Latest version: v2.12.0

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A feature-rich wiki for minimalists

cowyo is a self-contained wiki server that makes jotting notes easy and fast. The most important feature here is simplicity. Other features include versioning, page locking, self-destructing messages, encryption, and listifying. You can download cowyo as a single executable or install it with Go. Try it out at https://cowyo.com.

There is now a command-line tool, cowyodel to interact with cowyo and transfer information between computers with only a code phrase: schollz/cowyodel.

Getting Started


If you have go

go get -u github.com/schollz/cowyo/...

or just download the latest release.


To run just double click or from the command line:


and it will start a server listening on To view it, just go to http://localhost:8050 (the server prints out the local IP for your info if you want to do LAN networking). You can change the port with -port X, and you can listen only on localhost using -host localhost.

Running with TLS

Specify a matching pair of SSL Certificate and Key to run cowyo using https. cowyo will now run in a secure session.

N.B. Let's Encrypt is a CA that signs free and signed certificates.

cowyo --cert "/path/to/server.crt" --key "/p/t/server.key"

Running with Docker

You can easily get started with Docker. First pull the latest image and create the volume with:

docker run -d -v /directory/to/data:/data -p 8050:8050 schollz/cowyo

Then you can stop it with docker stop cowyo and start it again with docker start cowyo.

Server customization

There are a couple of command-line flags that you can use to make cowyo your own micro-CMS.

cowyo -lock 123 -default-page index.html -css mystyle.css -diary

The -lock flag will automatically lock every page with the passphrase "123". Also, the default behavior will be to redirect / to /index.html. Also, every page that is published will automatically redirect to /mypage/read which will show the custom CSS file if it is supplied with -css. The -diary flag allows you to generate a time-stamped page instead of a random named page when you select "New".


cowyo is straightforward to use. Here are some of the basic features:


If you hover the the top left button (the name of the page) you will see the option "Publish". Publishing will add the page to the sitemap.xml for crawlers to find. It will also default that page to go to the /read route so it can be easily viewed as a single page.

View all the pages

To view the current list of all the pages goto to /ls.


When you open a document you'll be directed to an alliterative animal (which is supposed to be easy to remember). You can write in Markdown. Saving is performed as soon as you stop writing. You can easily link pages using [[PageName]] as you edit.



You can easily see previous versions of your documents.



You can easily make lists and check them off.



Locking prevents other users from editing your pages without a passphrase.



Encryption is performed using AES-256.


Self-destructing pages

Just like in mission impossible.



You can run the tests using

$ cd $GOPATH/src/github.com/schollz/cowyo
$ go test ./...

Any contributions are welcome.


...to DanielHeath who has introduced some stellar improvements into cowyo including supporting category pages, hot-template reloading, preventing out-of-order updates, added password access, fade-out on deleting list items, and image upload support!



*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Cowyo README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.