Fidus Writer: Open-source Self-hosted Editor for Researchers

Fidus Writer: Open-source Self-hosted Editor for Researchers

Fidus Writer is a self-hosted editor for researchers. It features collaboration tools and options that allows researchers to share and collaborate on papers. The project is in continuous development and it gets new features and improvements every upgrade.

The editor itself looks simple but it comes with many features that ease researcher's work like a built-in academic citation manager that supports sharing and collaboration, live-editing, and simple easy-to-use interface.


  • Web-based
  • Clean UI
  • Collaborative editing
  • Multiple layouts
  • Multiple publishing formats
  • Semantic editing and publishing in multiple locations
  • WYSIWYG editor
  • Supports multiple export formats
  • Citation manager
  • Meta-data browser and editor
  • Document and paper style editor
  • Custom access write for shared documents: read, write

Developer's note

Fidus Writer is built with Django which is a popular python-based web development framework. Fidus supports MySQL and PostgreSQL.


The project offers Ubuntu Snap package which can be installed on any Linux distro that supports Snap. Fidus Writer also has an official Docker image which can be found here.


Fidus Writer is an open-source project released under GNU AFFERO PUBLIC LICENSE


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Hamza Mu

Written by Hamza Mu

A physician with programming skills, Linux user since late 1990s, Open-source supporter. Created several medical products EMR/ DICOM and more.
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