Webjimbo – an introduction

Webjimbo is a web interface for Bare Bones Software’s Yojimbo. It lets you view and edit your Yojimbo data from any computer with an internet connection and a web browser.

Yojimbo wherever you are

Webjimbo runs a small web server on your Mac. This means that wherever you are, you have access to your Yojimbo notes, bookmarks and everything else as long as you’re at a computer with an internet connection.

Say you run Yojimbo at home: now that important information’s available to you at work or from an internet cafe. You can add and edit items too, so you can record information as it comes to hand. When you’re at home, you just use Yojimbo as usual.


Webjimbo is protected with a password of your choice. You also have the option of using a secure connection (https) to protect your information while it’s in transit over the internet.


All changes to Yojimbo data are made through Yojimbo’s AppleScript interface. There is no direct manipulation of the Yojimbo database or any other trickery, so your data is safe.

iPhone version to come

A version of Webjimbo optimised for iPhone will be released in the future. Stay tuned.

No longer just Mac

Stuck on a Windows machine at work? It happens to the best of us. Because Webjimbo runs in your browser, your Mac’s Yojimbo data is available to you no matter what type of computer you’re on.

Works like a real application

Webjimbo works more like a desktop application than a regular web site, thanks to AJAX goodness. If you use gmail or other online Google applications you’ve got the idea. If not, you’re in for a nice surprise.


Webjimbo is a simple, self-contained application. It makes no modifications to your Mac’s setup or to Yojimbo. Configuration is easy thanks to a setup assistant that walks you through the necessary steps.

Trouble syncing?

Syncing Yojimbo data between Macs can be a hassle. Although Webjimbo doesn’t provide everything you can do in Yojimbo, the basics are all there, so it’s a serious alternative to syncing. Of course, there’s nothing to stop you using syncing in some cases and Webjimbo in others.

Multi-user environments

A number of people have expressed interest in using Webjimbo to give multiple users (in an office, for example) access to a shared Yojimbo database. This is indeed possible; please read this section of the FAQ first, though.


Your Mac running Yojimbo needs to be accessible from the internet. If your internet connection doesn’t have a fixed IP address, you will probably need a free service like DynDNS. More about this….

Connecting to Webjimbo requires a modern browser. Firefox 2+, Safari 2+, Internet Explorer 6+ and Camino 1.5+ are supported.

Webjimbo requires Yojimbo 1.4.


Webjimbo makes the core functionality of Yojimbo available, but there are limits:

Note editing is plain text only. You can view formatted notes (including attachments), but if you edit them formatting and attachments will be lost.

Encrypted notes are displayed in plain text only, without formatting or attachments.

You can’t edit passwords or encrypted notes.

You can’t view encrypted archives.

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