CherryTree Reviews

Good open source alternative to OneNote or Evernote for Linux as well as Windows

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While looking for an alternative to OneNote for something to work on Linux as well as Windows I have tried a large number of notetaking applications and CherryTree provided the best fit for me. You might want to take a little time to think through how you want to use tags and to create terms for use in its search function - but once you do it is very flexible and powerful.

One thing that is important to me and that is not supported in OneNote but is supported in CherryTree is support for relative file paths. One the other hand CherryTree's drag and drop capability is much more limited in comparison to OneNote's - you are left to use copy and paste to take content and sometimes links into Cherrytree.

Of course Cherrytree does not have a cloud and mobile version but OneNote does - albeit one that is much more limited in its functionality.

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I have a hobby of making huge archives of data and stuff that I come across while I crawl through the internet, reading and learning. This archive, as of writing this, is about 5 GB in size, 2000 files filled with information, images, videos, and whatnot, hand processed in LibreOffice, GIMP, and other stuff. This archive is just a whole bunch of folder and files on my local disk. I spent a long time finding something that could potentially hold all this data in just one space, in one file. No, a simple tar.gz file wasn't going to cut it, and that is because I also wanted to be able to search each of these files' contents for certain words in the future. Just having them as folders and files wasn't good enough. Sure, I could search the file names themselves using FSearch, but what if I wanted to search for a certain idea within one of my odt files, not just searching for the names of the files? FSearch couldn't do that.

Enter CherryTree. Its hierarchical approach to note-taking is similar enough to my current archive's structure. It has a serviceable text editor, with highlighting, lists, and headings. It can attach files to the database you are working on. Most important of all to me, it can search through the contents of each "node" in the hierarchical structure. All I have to do now is to copy and paste all the contents of each file I've created into CherryTree. Voila! I can now search to find whatever key phrase I want! (Well...that's the plan. It's going to take time to make this goal a reality. That I know it is possible with this software, however, makes me glad.)

That's enough about my personal usage of it. Users will find that there are quite a few options in the preferences to tinker with to make your note taking experience just how you want it. You can also password-protect your notes in either an SQLite or XML file if you wish.

My only gripe is that dragging and dropping files into CherryTree doesn't really work the way you might want it to. Doing this will give you only the file's path, not embed the file itself into the database. You'll have to attach files the old-fashioned way by navigating to the file when prompted to do so.

Nevertheless, I think if you are the type of person who likes to keep their ideas and notes organized in a single file, then CherryTree is a good...pick.

[Edited by TerrifiedTyphlosion, December 04] (typo)

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The best hierarchical note taking application out there. I use it for structuring code, keeping notes and more. It's amazing that it keeps it all compact in a single file, which only ends up being a few megabytes even after hundreds of pages of text, notes and code.

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This is the best note/text software I have ever seen! It allows you to work on multiple text documents with quick and easy switching without needing to have lots of instances of libreoffice open - your desktop is not overwhelmed with CherryTree. This is hands down one of the best pieces of software overall in my opinion. Another big positive is that it is free software (free as in freedom) - would not use it if it wasn't. Guispen is a legend!

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This is the best database/list/PIM program so far. It is a database attached to a word processor. It's small and simple to use. It does what is says and does it well. There is a table of contents on the left while the right holds the actual info. It will handle *.txt or *.rtf format and save it's data in a folder location of your choice. You can even insert pictures. And it's cross-platform so you can save your stuff and swtich between Windows and Linux. (It's still much, much simpler to use than those databases that come with most office suites. One of the things I've learned to absolutely dislike are databases - especially the ones that come with office suites. Whoever came up with those was a genius in mental torture. How in the name of St. Patrick are you supposed to work with that. Well, here is a really easy to use database that doesn't require you to do any mental Olympics...)

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CherryTree replaced Small KeyNote NF iconKeyNote NF in my laptop because CherryTree had a better Search function, better editing features and is frequently updated. Excellent auto-backup of your CherryTree database. 100% free and no ads.

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great app, however not so reliable so far

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The behavior is not always logical and obvious(e.g. when creating a node - it appears that 'selected node', the cursor - may be "hidden" in folded tree, in that case you would not know where exactly you've just created a node)
Also the search doesnt always work well, i.e. doesnt return a result
and so on

but
even with all those issues this is by far the best app of such kind

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I liked it . . . Alot! –– BUT EVERY TIME I used it for another few days, it LOCKED ME Out of the Preferences Dialogue!! SO, Due to my appreciation for this program, I would REPEATEDLY DELETE the Configuration File And Re-Input ALL Preferences from Scratch -- OVER & OVER & OVER Again!
In the end, this process simply became EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING!! —causing such exclamations as: "Burn in Hell you cursed tree"! Well, Okay, I know:: TMI ... But YIKES was I Frustrated!!

So, I think I will wait till this program GROWS UP for another couple of years, & check in on it again ... Actually, I HAVE TO--since Microsoft is gradually forcing their OneNote users to grant TOTAL CONTROL over their data to Microsoft:: Gotta find a good alternative to THAT BEAST!!

So, in Summary, I am still looking for a Great, FULLY Developed Info-Manager, from a Developer that allows every user TOTAL CONTROL over their own data.
.... STILL LOOKING !!

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Version cherrytree-0.37.0-3.2.noarch works great (using openSUSE). Are you using a stable version? Are you tried to bug report the issue?

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  • Cross Platform, Open Source, Portable version available
  • Auto Save option, minimize to tray, sort tables and nodes, etc
  • Export to PDF, HTML, plain text, etc
  • High Customization (Background colour, font type, toolbars, etc)
  • Tables are not customizable (rows, columns, background, etc)
  • table has default first column : clickme
  • no cloud sync
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I liked this because it was a well defined file to group my notes.
Tomboy and Zim are interesting, but needs a global directory, and it difficult to share with others if necessary.

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Great app on Linux

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I have used this app on Linux, I wish it was on Mac..it is awesome

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Finally!

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Wonderful, It's exactly what I wished for

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It's simple yet not simplistic; UI is easy to use and understand; the help system is great too. Finally, it's FOSS! Can it get any better?

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