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This software is released under the GNU GPL v2 (or later) license. All source files are included in this, unless explicitly stated in the source file itself. For copyright owners, please refer to the source files individually.

The "labyrinth" icon (data/labyrinth.svg and data/labyrinth-*.png) is copyright Josef Vybíral and is released under the GNU GPL v2 license.

Please refer to the "COPYING" file for a complete copy of the GNU GPL v2 license.

All documentation (This file, anything in the docs directory) released with this package is released as public domain. The documentation, you can do with as you please.
Helping Out and Questions
If you have any questions about Labyrinth or just want to be part of our gang, the mailing list address is

We can also (sometimes) be found on IRC on, in #labyrinth. Please note, it may take some time for questions asked there to be answered. If you don't get a response, please either leave an email address or try emailing the mailing list.

If you want to help out with developing labyrinth, please let us know on the mailing list. We aren't just looking for coders. We're looking for packagers, artists, doc writers, interface designers, web developers, and just about anyone else.

To report bugs, please use our bug tracker at Please note that you will need a Google account to report issues.
Current Release
This is v0.4. Note that maps created with this release may be incompatible with future releases. We will try and minimise this as much as possible, but be warned that it may happen.

Currently, Labyrinth provides 3 different types of thoughts, or nodes - Text, Image and Drawing. Text is the basic standard text node. Images allow you to insert and scale any supported image file (png, jpeg, svg). Drawings are for those times when you want to illustrate something, but don't want to fire up a separate drawing program. It allows you to quickly and easily sketch very simple line diagrams.
I don't really know what the exact requirements are. In the configure script, the following are checked:
Python == 2.4
gtk+ >= 2.8
pygtk-2.0 >= 2.8
pygobject-2.0 >= 2.10
gnome-python-2.0 >= 2.12
gnome-desktop-2.0 >= 2.14
pycairo >= 1.0

which probably means (to compile) you need the -dev versions of all these (except Python). Note that although these are checked, it may work with previous versions. If it does, please let us know and the configure script can be adapted accordingly.
How to use it
From the top directory of the package, run the command: python src/

It can also be installed using the ./configure && make dance thus: ./configure --prefix=
make install

and run with:

This will open a browser window, showing you all the maps currently available and allow you to modify / delete them and create new maps. The title is (currently) the primary thought text(truncated to 27 characters long). This is usually the first thought created in a new map.

In a new map, single click somewhere to create a new "thought". This is your root. Add your main thought to this. Click somewhere else will create a new thought, linked to the first. To move thoughts around, single-click and drag. To edit a current thought, double click on it (text thoughts only).

Drawing and Image thoughts can be resized using their corners / sides.

Links between thoughts can be created, strengthened and weakened. To create a new link, in edit mode, click and drag from the "parent" thought to the "child" thought while holding down the ctrl key. Doing this with a link already in place will strengthen the link by 1 and dragging from child to parent will weaken the link by 1. If the link goes to 0 strength (it starts at 2), the link is deleted. Links can also be created / deleted by selecting both thoughts (hold down the shift key to select > 1 thought) and choosing "Edit->(Un)Link Thoughts" from the menu (shortcut: Ctrl-L).

Loading and saving of maps is in the tomboy style - they are automatically saved, you shouldn't have to worry about them. For reference anyway, the maps are saved in ~/.gnome2/labyrinth/.map
a11y, themes and i18n
Currently, themes and accessibility are not supported. The background is always white. The font is always the same.
This should change soon, with different font sizes allowed and colours that can be changed and (where possible) follow the current theme.
We're also looking at ways of making Labyrinth accessible. Don't know exactly how to do this yet and my previous attempts at adding simple a11y stuff failed miserably.
Labyrinth is translated into a variety of languages (on UNIX-like platforms). If you're language isn't currently supported, but you would like to see it translated, please let us know on the mailing list ( and we can help you get started.
Future Plans
In doc/TheFuture, there are a list of goals for a 1.0 release and for the next release. Releases are feature-based at this stage. Once all the required features are in place, a release is made.

However a release may also be made without all the changes if it is deemed that this is in the best interest.
Getting the Latest Development Code
Development happens in Google SVN. Instructions for grabbing the latest source can be found at
Labyrinth is © 2006 Don Scorgie. The Labyrinth Logo is © by Josef Vybíral and licensed under the GPL. The flag image is © by the gnome project. Webstuff created and © by Florian Ludwig