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    Bear Alternatives for Linux

    Bear is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Standard Notes or Google Keep. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Bear and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Bear are Obsidian (Free Personal), Simplenote (Free, Open Source), CherryTree (Free, Open Source) and Zettlr (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jan 7, 2022

    1. 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.
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      Joplin vs Bear opinions
      Most users think Joplin is a great alternative to Bear.
      Not user-friendly at all.
      Negative comment about 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 over 2 years ago

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    2. A second brain, for you, forever. The human brain is non-linear: we jump from idea to idea, all the time. Your second brain should work the same.
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      Obsidian vs Bear opinions
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      Very complicated interface
      Negative comment 7 months ago

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    3. 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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      Standard Notes vs Bear opinions
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      No subtags in free version
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

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    4. Google Keep is a service provided by Google which integrates note-taking and web surfing.
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      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.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Keep doesn't have syntax highlighting or markdown formatting.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      gallien google note allows only plain text notes, does not allow markdown formatting
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      No inline #tags. Card view, no list view. No Mac app.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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    5. 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.
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      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 about 1 year ago

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      beneathemoon Simplenote has a clean interface, markdown support, and iCloud sync.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      Same as Bear but syncs for free.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    6. A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file.
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      CherryTree vs Bear opinions
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      gallien cherrytree doesn't sync notes
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    7. 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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    8. 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.
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      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 over 1 year ago

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    9. Manuskript is an open-source tool for writers, with outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc. Outliner Organize your thoughts and snippets in a hierarchical manner. Organize them as you wish, reorganize them on the go.
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    10. FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work.
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      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.
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

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