Download Tidbits

You can download Tidbits for free and run it on your own web server. Tidbits has been tested extensively on Linux and Mac OS X. It also runs on Windows, and should run on any platform with a Java 5 (or newer) runtime.


Tidbits is a 100% Java web application that requires a relational database. Currently the requirements are as follows:

Java 5 (or newer)

Get the appropriate Java JRE for your server platform. You can get this from Sun, IBM, FreeBSD, or most Linux distributions provide a Java package.


Tidbits has a pretty simple database, and has been tested with Derby, MySQL, and PostgreSQL.

Note Tidbits can easily run in other databases. If you are familiar with JPA then you can easily generate database creation scripts for other platforms supported by EclipseLink (the JPA implementation Tidbits uses).

Java servlet 2.5 container

Tidbits is distributed as a Java web application (WAR). To use this you'll need a servlet container to deploy it into. Tidbits has been extensively tested with the Tomcat 6.0 server. Any J2EE servlet container should work, however.

Binary and source packages

You can download Tidbits from SourceForge. The binary package (named like tidbits-2.x.y.tbz2) contains the Tidbits WAR along with instructions for getting your installation going for the first time. The source package (named like tidbits-2.x.y-src.tbz2) contains all of the source code.

For installation instructions look in the README file that comes in each distribution.

Live Demo

Alternatively, if you just want to try out Tidbits, you can download Live Demo package that requires only you have a Java 5 JRE installed. The Live Demo uses an embedded database to store data, and acts as a fully-functional deployment of Tidbits. Visit the downloads page and select the package named tidbits-2.x.y-livedemo.tbz2 to get it. Logo