Etherpad Alternatives

    Etherpad is described as 'highly customizable Open Source online editor providing collaborative editing in really real-time' and is a popular app in the News & Books category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Etherpad for a variety of platforms, including Online / Web-based, SaaS, Windows, Mac and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is Notion, which is free. Other great apps like Etherpad are Google Docs (Free), CryptPad (Freemium, Open Source), Nuclino (Freemium) and Walling (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jun 11, 2021

    1. With so many tools, it's hard to keep everyone on the same page. Notion is a new tool that unifies them all. It's like Google Docs, but everything is organized and discoverable by your team. Real collaboration in real-time.
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    2. Google Docs is an online word processor, part of Google Drive, that lets you create and format text documents and collaborate with other people in real time.
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      Google Docs vs Etherpad opinions
      Some users think Google Docs is a great alternative to Etherpad, some don't.
      Key features of Etherpad are * pure text editor * open source * self hosted none of these apply to google docs
      Negative comment 10 months ago


    3. CryptPad is a private-by-design alternative to popular office tools and cloud services. All the content stored on CryptPad is encrypted before being sent, which means nobody can access your data unless you give them the keys.
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      CryptPad vs Etherpad opinions
      Almost everyone thinks CryptPad is a great alternative to Etherpad.
      It is more comfortable to use, allows to import documents into your own CP (if you register) and has more bells (it is close to what users expect from online collab. editors).
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

    4. Nuclino is the easiest way to organize and share knowledge in teams. Create real-time collaborative documents and connect them instantly like a wiki. Use the tree, board, and graph view to explore and organize your knowledge visually.
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    5. Working on a project, researching a topic or writing an article? Walling makes it easy to break down your ideas, refine them and visually organize them.
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    6. HackMD is a browser-based, real-time collaborative markdown editor. It was inspired by hackpad but focuses more on speed and flexibility.
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      HackMD vs Etherpad opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It has Markdown support out of the box.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      andi_ Markdown support and live preview, but missing author colors
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

    7. A new medium for your ideas—augment your thinking with a text editor designed for structuring lists. Side-by-side views allow 3 modes of thinking.
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    8. EtherCalc is a web spreadsheet. Your data is saved on the web, and people can edit the same document at the same time. Everybody's changes are instantly reflected on all screens. Work together on inventories, survey forms, list management, brainstorming sessions and more!
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Self-Hosted
      • Visual Studio Code
      Foam is a personal knowledge management and sharing system inspired by Roam Research, built on Visual Studio Code and GitHub. You can use Foam for organising your research, keeping re-discoverable notes, writing long-form content and, optionally, publishing it to the web.
    9. Quip is a modern word processor that enables you to create beautiful documents on any device, including the iPad, iPhone, and the desktop. It combines documents and messages into a single chat-like “thread” of updates — making collaboration easy.
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