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Open Source Bear Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Bear is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Standard Notes or Simplenote. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Bear and loads of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Bear are CherryTree, Zettlr, Zim and Manuskript.

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
Bear
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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. 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

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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.



  6. 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.

    Zim vs Bear opinions
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    gallien

    Zim doesn't enable to sync notes, and is not even meant to take notes, but to write a personnal wiki

    Negative comment about 2 years ago
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  7. Manuskript is an open-source tool for writers, with outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc.

  8. Trilium Notes

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • Google Chrome
    • Cloudron
    • Firefox

    Trilium Notes is a hierarchical note taking application.

  9. FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work.

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

    Bear is a proprietary productivity app for Mac-based products. FocusWriter is an open source word processor for people who find toolbars distracting.

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  10. Cryptee

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Cryptee is a safety and privacy focused, encrypted and cross-platform personal data storage service. You can write personal documents, notes, journals, store photos and all sorts of other files.

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