Alternatives to Tomboy for all platforms with any license

  • Google Keep icon

    Google Keep

    Google Keep has several features including color coding notes, inserting images, creating lists, geo-fencing, shareable notes, and search by color.

    Free Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Chrome Android Wear

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    Laverna

    Laverna is a web application written on JavaScript. It's built to be an open source alternative to Evernote. Laverna stores notes in indexedDB and personal settings in local storage. ## Features ----------- * Markdown...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

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    Simplenote

    Simplenote is an easy way to keep notes, lists, ideas, and more. Your notes stay updated across all your devices. No buttons to press. It just works. Your notes are synced across your devices when you create, add to or change them. ...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Kindle Fire

  • Zim icon

    Zim

    Zim brings the concept of a wiki to your desktop. Store information, link pages and edit with WYSISYG markup or directly typing some lightweight markup syntax and see it previewed as-you-type. Creating a new page is easy by either...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • Zim has all features of tomboy and so much more. It's a great program! chavellas • Apr 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    TiddlyWiki

    TiddlyWiki is a highly customizable notewiki for capturing, organising and sharing complex information.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud BSD Xfce

  • CherryTree icon

    CherryTree

    A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file. The following languages are supported: Chinese Simplified (Channing Wong, up to date) Czech (Pavel...

    Open Source Windows Linux PortableApps.com

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    Notezilla

    Colorful & powerful sticky notes app for Windows & Phones. Set reminder alarms, attach them to any website or document, organize them using folders/tags, sync sticky notes between devices & send notes across LAN or to any...

    Commercial Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    CintaNotes

    CintaNotes is an ultra-ergonomic, productivity-boosting notetaking app for Windows. It will help you collect, organize, and find any information.

    Freemium Windows PortableApps.com

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    wikidPad

    wikidPad is a Wiki-like notebook for storing your thoughts, ideas, todo lists, contacts, or anything else you can think of to write down. What makes wikidPad different from other notepad applications is the ease with which you can...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Leafpad icon

    Leafpad

    Leafpad is a lightweight text editor that emphasizes simplicity. As development focuses on keeping weight down to a minimum, only the most essential features are implemented in the editor. Features: Codeset option (Some...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

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    NixNote

    NixNote, formerly Nevernote, is an open source client for Evernote . It is written in Java so it will also run on Windows & OS-X, but the primary focus has been to try and get a usable environment for Linux. Features ...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Org-mode

    Org-mode is for keeping notes, maintaining ToDo lists, doing project planning, and authoring with a fast and effective plain-text system. Available also as MobileOrg on iPhone (...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone iPad

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    Stickies

    Stickies is a PC utility written to replace Post-It-style notes left stuck to your monitor. The design goal behind Stickies is that the program is small and simple. Stickies will not mess with your system files, or write to the...

    Free Windows PortableApps.com

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    KeepNote

    KeepNote: note-taking and organization. KeepNote is a note taking application that works on Windows, Linux, and MacOS X. With KeepNote, you can store your class notes, TODO lists, research notes, journal entries, paper outlines...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com

    • Discontinued No new releases since March 2012, but last version, 0.7.8, is still working and can be downloaded from the official website.
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    WizNote

    WizNote is a Note software, which is especially designed for Internet users and mobile Internet users. WizNote focuses more on notes of rapid collection, management, reading and sharing. WizNote is smaller, more stable, and more...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone Windows RT Android Tablet iPad

  • Alternote icon

    Alternote

    Gorgeous note-taking app for Mac with Evernote integration. Alternote has pixel-perfect interface, robust search, distraction-free mode and lots more. It is designed to be the most convenient and...

    Commercial Mac

  • Omni Notes icon

    Omni Notes

    Note taking open-source application aimed to have both a simple interface but keeping smart behavior.

    Open Source Android

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    Leanote

    Leanote is an open source cloud notebook. Everyone familiar with Golang and mongodb are welcome to contribute code to it! Leanote provide services for note and blog. You can use "note" as your personal notebook, if you want...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

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    Notational Velocity

    Notational Velocity is a mouseless application for storing and retrieving notes. With Notational Velocity, searching for notes is not a separate action; rather, it is the primary interface. Searching encompasses all notes content...

    Open Source Mac

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    xournal

    Xournal is an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus. It is free software (GNU GPL) and runs on Linux (recent distributions), Windows and other GTK+/Gnome platforms. It supports drawing and writing...

    Open Source Windows Linux

    • Discontinued Latest update - Version 0.4.8 - June 30, 2014, see http://xournal.sourceforge.net/
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    QOwnNotes

    Plain text notepad with markdown support and todo list manager for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, that works together with the notes application of ownCloud.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Qt

  • MyTetra icon

    MyTetra

    MyTetra is open source and cross platform personal manager for information accumulation. It is powerful program for data memorization and structuring notes. .

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Oinker icon

    Oinker

    Oinker looks like a plain chat program on the surface, but it allows you to save the specified messages (called ‘oinks’ in Oinker) on the spot, and more importantly, it allows you to connect the messages in an infinite number of ways...

    Free Web / Cloud

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    nvALT

    nvALT is a fork of the original Notational Velocity with some additional features and interface modifications by Brett Terpstra and ElasticThreads. NVALT ADDITIONAL FEATURES Auto-pairing and selection wrapping for brackets and...

    Open Source Mac

  • Springseed icon

    Springseed

    Simply awesome note taking.

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued Latest commit 4abcdfa on Jan 30. Also see https://github.com/spsdco/notes/issues/210
  • nvPY icon

    nvPY

    nvPY is a note-taking tool inspired by Notational Velocity, nvALT and ResophNotes. It syncs with simplenote, and runs on Linux, Windows and OSX.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Quiver icon

    Quiver

    Quiver is a notebook built for programmers. It lets you easily mix text, code and Markdown within one note, edit code with an awesome code editor, live preview Markdown and LaTeX cells, and find any note instantly via the full-text...

    Commercial Mac

  • Gruik icon

    Gruik

    Well, Gruik is for you if... - You take a lot of notes (post-it, gists, evernote, blog entries, .txt on your desktop (Oh you know what I mean)...) - You want to "Bring You Own Server" (later, a free hosted version will...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

  • ColorNote icon

    ColorNote

    ColorNote is a simple notepad app. It give you a quick and simple notepad editing experience when you write notes, email, message, shopping lists and todo lists. ColorNote makes taking a note easier than any other notepad apps. ...

    Free Android Android Tablet

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    AllMyNotes Organizer

    AllMyNotes Organizer is a multi-functional hierarchical information manager for Windows. Store all your Notes in virtual folders in one file! Everyone is unique so AllMyNotes Organizer offers freedom of individualizing your...

    Freemium Windows

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    Gnote

    Gnote is a note-taking application for GTK desktops. It is a port of Tomboy to C++. Gnote is part of the GNOME desktop environment, often filling the need for personal information management. The main principle is a notepad with a...

    Open Source Linux BSD

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    GNotes

    GNotes is an Android notepad/notebook that can synchronize with Google GMail. GNotes is a notepad design in mind for easy note-taking. What it do is to help you taking notes easily on mobile phone and sync all of your notes with...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome

  • BasKet icon

    BasKet

    A note taking application for KDE. Lots of features. This multi-purpose note-taking application helps you to: * Easily take all sort of notes * Collect research results and share them * Centralize your project data and...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • Zoho Notebook icon

    Zoho Notebook

    Online Notebook application: Zoho Notebook lets you combine text, images, audio, video, RSS feeds, documents and much more. Online Collaboration: You can share a single image or selection of text from a page rather than the whole...

    Free Personal Web / Cloud Android iPhone Apple Watch

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    Fetchnotes

    Fetchnotes helps you capture and organize short notes like books to read, ideas and shopping lists - like sticky notes for the modern age. Spend less time organizing your notes and more time acting on them! With apps on the web...

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Chrome

Tomboy Comments

Complex Installation - Instructions Don't Work

Negative Comment by raywood1
about Tomboy Apr 2015

Installation instructions (for Windows users) tell you to use an updated version that does not exist in Windows form at this time.

Multiple programs have to be installed first.

I've installed all sorts of stuff on Linux and Windows. The problem is not me.

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Please BURRY this

Negative Comment by JohnAlternate
about Tomboy Jan 2015

This is an increditably LARGE (code-wise) application with complex dependenices (MONO etc), that offers VERY LITTLE that a collection of TEXT files can't do.

Extremely bulky and useless, having probably only its looks as a pro, this application deserves to be erased from history.

Its a so-called "student" software, stuff that will be fiddled around and soon left in unfinished state. With small addition that its ugly.

Besides, it was re-written in C (as Gnote) and is much much lighter afterwards. But STILL primitive.

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Tomboy is an enormous amount of trouble that only developers would tolerate.

Negative Comment by FacebookIsBlowHard
about Tomboy Nov 2013

There is no "app" or "program" for Tomboy. You have to build it yourself, using XCode (make sure you download the right version), MacPorts (make sure you download the right version), "Git" (yeah, introduce yourself to that little gem).

Tomboy is supposed to be a list manager. All this work? For the ability to WRITE LISTS? I have spent hours screwing around with this Tomboy project, and it still did not build.

STOP! Do not give me stupid advice about how I can spend even more of my time to build this thing successfully. I believe that the software should work for me, and I should not have to work for the software. Tomboy is a waste of time for 99.9% of computer users.

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Mac version abandoned

Negative Comment by edrazeba
about Tomboy Nov 2012

The Mac version has not been kept up to date with development, lagging a good year and a half behind and preceding both 10.7 and 10.8.

So, don't bother.

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Recently got Tomboy when I installed Ubuntu on an old lapto ...

Comment by DontWatchThisSpace
about Tomboy Jun 2011

Recently got Tomboy when I installed Ubuntu on an old laptop. Really impressed as a quick syncing notation system. Works cross platform, and best of all FREE! Just missing a smartphone app, and it'd be perfect.

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Tomboy isn't a credible alternative to Evernote because it ...

Comment by davidmasters
about Tomboy Jun 2011

Tomboy isn't a credible alternative to Evernote because it doesn't offer tagging. Tagging was considered by Tomboy developers a few years ago, and then rejected in favour of notebooks. With tags, Tomboy would be my favourite app. Without tags, it's difficult to organise notes. Notebooks are not nearly as useful as tags.

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Tomboy was one of the most missed applications when I moved ...

Comment by joch
about Tomboy Jun 2011

Tomboy was one of the most missed applications when I moved from Linux to Mac. It's good to see that it is now available to both Mac and Windows!

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