Frequently Asked Questions

This is a non-exhaustive list of FAQs for Taguette — if you feel something else should be covered in this guide, please email us at [email protected].

General info

It's pronounced like 'baguette' just with a 't' instead of a 'b' at the start! /tæˈɡɛt/

It's free!

Taguette costs nothing, either to use on your own machine or install on a server. It is published under an open license (BSD), which you can read here:

You can install Taguette on your own personal computer running macOS, Windows, or Linux — full instructions and download links can be found on our installation guide. You can also install Taguette on a server if you need to collaborate with others — get a walkthrough on this process on our self-host guide.

You could begin over at our getting started guide, which walks through all the current functionality of Taguette with screenshots. We also have a few presentations walkthroughs of Taguette's full capabilities that are hosted on the Open Science Framework here: Please make sure to look at the date for each presentation and pick the most recent one!

Feel free to shoot us an email over at [email protected] with your problem or question, and we will do our best to get back to you quickly — though please note we are not working on Taguette full-time, so give us a few days (though we will try to be as quick as possible!).

If you run into a bug or problem while using Taguette, or if you have a feature request, feel free to open an issue on GitLab, where Taguette's development takes place: or email us with that as well if you are not comfortable with GitLab.

Taguette uses Calibre to convert documents to HTML, so you can use all the formats it supports, including:

  • Ebook formats (AZW, MOBI, EPUB)
  • Microsoft Word (DOCX)
  • LibreOffice (ODT)
  • PDF
  • Plain text (TXT)
  • HTML

See also their own FAQ entry on the subject.

A mention is always appreciated! If you use Taguette for your research, please cite it with the following:

Rémi Rampin, Vicky Steeves, & Sarah DeMott. (2020, August 26). Taguette (Version 0.9.2). Zenodo.

If you need Bibtex, please use the following:

  author = {{Rampin, Rémi and Steeves, Vicky and DeMott, Sarah}},
  title = {Taguette},
  doi = {10.5281/10.5281/zenodo.4002742},
  url = {}
  version = {0.9.2},
  date = {2020-08-26},
  publisher = {Zenodo},
  language = {en}

Desktop/Single-user Info

Simply because you cannot collaborate with others using our desktop version of Taguette! If you want to be able to collaborate, see our self-hosting guide that walks you through how to install Taguette on a server for multi-user collaboration.

Yes! You can install Taguette on macOS, Windows, and Linux.

All your projects and documents are kept in a single database file. On macOS and Linux, you can find it at ~/.local/share/taguette/taguette.sqlite3. On Windows, you can find it at: My Documents/Taguette/taguette.sqlite3.

Yes! On the terminal, use the --database option to change the location of your database or use a different database system. The argument is in the format used by SQLAlchemy, so for instance:

Self-hosting/multiuser mode Info

Absolutely! We know that putting choice in the hands of our users is what open source is all about 😊 You can install Taguette on your server via Docker or right from the source. Both methods can be found with step-by-step instructions on our self-hosting guide.

Make sure you have correctly installed all the dependencies (via our self-hosting guide) and have also edited the configuration file. We have two sample configurations for you to work from as well: nginx and apache2.

If you can't quite figure out what happened, either submit an issue on GitLab, or email us at [email protected]. Info

It is a version of Taguette hosted on our servers for free use by anyone! We host this from a rented dedicated server from OVH, and our server's location is in France.

To use, you need to register with a username and a password. You can provide an email address optionally, which we only use in case you forget your password. We will never sell your information to anyone else, and we will only use it to log you into your account.

TL;DR: do not upload sensitive data (e.g. patient information, student records) to our hosted version of Taguette.

A good reference for what data could be safely uploaded into is the U.S. Health and Human Services Institutional Review Board exemption decision chart -- if the data is exempt under this chart, it's most likely OK to upload to our hosted version of Taguette. If you're in a country outside the U.S., please refer to the ethics or human subject research boards of your country for exact information.

If you need to work collaboratively on sensitive data, then we would recommend reaching out to information technology at your organization and asking about a secure server in which they could install Taguette. If you are an independent researcher or do not have an IT unit at your institution that can do this for you, we would recommend procuring a secure server and installing Taguette there using our self-hosting guide. Taguette can run well in many cloud hosting providers' free tiers (depending on the size of your data), and many of these providers have addendums to cover sensitive data (which may or may not incur a cost).

Yes, we back up daily and keep those backups for a year. We send backups to a bucket in Amazon Web Services, in encrypted form only.