Command line parameters

Zettelstore is not just a service that provides services of a zettelkasten. It allows to some tasks to be executed at the command line. Typically, the task (“sub-command”) will be given at the command line as the first parameter.

If no parameter is given, the Zettelstore is called as


This is equivalent to call it this way:

mkdir -p ./zettel
zettelstore run -d ./zettel -c ./.zscfg

Typically this is done by starting Zettelstore via a graphical user interface by double-clicking to its file icon.


Every sub-command allows the following command line options:

-h (or --help)

Does not execute the sub-command, but shows allowed command line options (except -h / --help).


Makes the given logging level specification effective for this command. Details, including syntax, can be found in the description for the log-level key of the startup configuration.

To measure potential bottlenecks within the software Zettelstore, there are some command line flags for profiling the application.