Quick Start


Make sure you have the System Requirements installed. You will need Python, pip, virtualenv, and virtualenvwrapper.

gthnk currently installs on OSX systems. Open a terminal and type the following:

mkvirtualenv gthnk
pip install gthnk

This will install gthnk on your system and make the gthnk server start automatically. The setup process will ask you to create an account. See Installation for more information about these steps.

Use the Journal

gthnk uses a basic Text File Format because anything more complicated isn’t reliable enough for something as important as your thoughts.

Create a file on your desktop called journal.txt and use a text editor to paste the following into it:



Hello world!  I am making a note in my work journal.


The gthnk website is http://gthnk.com

This is a basic journal file for January 8, 2016. It has two entries, one at 8:40am and another at 1:22pm. Based in this example, you can probably imagine how to make journal entries for any other day and time.

Accessing the Journal

Access gthnk in your browser with this URL: http://localhost:1620/admin/journal/latest.html

To immediately load from journal.txt, click the reload button in gthnk. You will see that the journal entries have been added to the database and the text file has been reset to a blank file.

Next Steps

Read Using the Journal to understand how to get the most out of gthnk.