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Bear Alternatives

Bear is described as 'beautiful and flexible writing app for note-taking and prose, both on the go for iOS devices and for the Mac OS desktop' and is a popular Note-taking tool in the web browsers category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Bear for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, iPhone, Linux and iPad. The best alternative is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Standard Notes or Microsoft OneNote. Other great apps like Bear are Obsidian, Notion, Evernote and Google Keep.

Bear alternatives are mainly Note-taking Tools but may also be Todo List Managers or Task Management Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Bear.
This page was last updated May 4, 2022
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  • FreemiumProprietary
  • Mac
  • iPhone
  • iPad

Bear is a beautiful and flexible writing app for note-taking and prose, both on the go for iOS devices and for the Mac OS...

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  1. Joplin

    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Termux
    • Firefox

    Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor.

    Joplin vs Bear opinions
    Most users think Joplin is a great alternative to Bear.

    Not user-friendly at all.

    Negative comment over 1 year ago
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    ChrisWayg

    Free, open source, private notes due to encryption and able to sync with the service of your choice.

    Positive comment almost 3 years ago
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  2. Powerful knowledge base that works on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files.

    Obsidian vs Bear opinions
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    Very complicated interface

    Negative comment 12 months ago
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  3. Notion

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    With so many tools, it's hard to keep everyone on the same page. Notion is a new tool that unifies them all.

  4. Standard Notes

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid

    Standard Notes is a simple and private notes app. It allows you to write and sync your notes across all your devices, including your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and web browser.

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    No subtags in free version

    Negative comment over 3 years ago
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  5. Microsoft OneNote

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Windows S
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Android Wear
    • Kindle Fire

    Microsoft OneNote, part of the Microsoft Office Suite, is a digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information.

    Microsoft OneNote vs Bear opinions
    Most users think Microsoft OneNote is a great alternative to Bear.

    Not tag-based. Much more convoluted UI. Not user-friendly.

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    It isnt free and it is SLOW

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  6. Evernote

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Android Wear
    • Kindle Fire
    • Pebble

    Evernote is a cross-platform, freemium app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving.

    Evernote vs Bear opinions
    Most users think Evernote is a great alternative to Bear.

    Passable alternative, but bloated, no inline #hashtags, expensive.

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  7. Google Keep

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Android Wear

    Google Keep is a service provided by Google which integrates note-taking and web surfing.

    Google Keep vs Bear opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Google Keep is still a legitimate alternative to Bear, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    tonyescobar2049

    For those who must use google you can use this.

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    Keep doesn't have syntax highlighting or markdown formatting.

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    No inline #tags. Card view, no list view. No Mac app.

    Negative comment over 1 year ago
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    gallien

    google note allows only plain text notes, does not allow markdown formatting

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  8. Made by the company behind WordPress, Simplenote enables users to take notes, lists, and ideas. These notes are stored on the cloud and are accessible across multiple devices.

    Simplenote vs Bear opinions
    Most users think Simplenote is a great alternative to Bear.

    Passable alternative (that I do actually use), but markdown isn't WYSIWYG or user-friendly, no inline #hashtags, sync and cloud storage aren't secure. I like it for what it is, but it's definitely not comparable to Bear.

    Negative comment over 1 year ago
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    Same as Bear but syncs for free.

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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    beneathemoon

    Simplenote has a clean interface, markdown support, and iCloud sync.

    Positive comment almost 4 years ago
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  9. A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file.

    CherryTree vs Bear opinions
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    gallien

    cherrytree doesn't sync notes

    Negative comment about 2 years ago
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  10. Zettlr is a supercharged markdown editor that combines many writing editor features and collect them in one application. It aims at speeding up your workflow and help you write without any interruptions.

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