Free Evernote Alternatives

    The best free alternative to Evernote is Joplin, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Evernote and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Evernote are Microsoft OneNote (Freemium), Simplenote (Free, Open Source), Standard Notes (Freemium, Open Source) and Google Keep (Free).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Jun 11, 2021

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    Features

    • Notetaking
    • Todos
    • Note organization
    • Task Management
    • Support for MarkDown
    • Real time collaboration
    • Portable
    • Works Offline
    • Outliner
    • Cloud sync
    • Tagging
    • Writing tool
    • Knowledge base
    • Diary
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    • Team Collaboration
    • Knowledge Management
    • Sticky notes
    • Hierarchical structure

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    • An open source note taking and to-do application with synchronisation capabilities. View 549 alternatives to Joplin
      Most users think Joplin is a great alternative to Evernote.
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      Joplin vs Evernote
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      miromarvel The only app simillar enough with Evernote that even can import notes from it. No Monthly upload limit like Evernote. FOSS and private :) A little strange to work with at first, but very fun and intutitve after that :)
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      utucuro Offline first, open source, client-side encryption, yet supports a wide variety of sync options. Has a better dark mode compared to Evernote and web clipping is actually a lot better with Joplin since you can have imported pages converted to Markdown, so you don't have weird behavior as in Evernote when you want to change something in an imported webpage.
      Top positive comment  8 months ago

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      It's open source and can be synchronised. It has calendar capabilities.
      Positive comment 2 months ago

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      It's free, open source, supports encryption and gives you full control over your data
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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      Its free and Open source We can save our data in our dropbox cloud. crossplatform
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      elu You can do anything as in Evernote!
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      generalSeven Let's me go cloud-free via syncthing across my android, linux & windows machines. Recently became significantly more useful for me because of the added ability to right-click on any notebook in the notebook sidebar to add a New sub-notebook (many times more efficient than creating a notebook which then must be dragged to under a notebook to make a sub-notebook).
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    • A digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information. View 416 alternatives to Microsoft OneNote
      Most users think Microsoft OneNote is a great alternative to Evernote.
      • FreemiumProprietary
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      Microsoft OneNote vs Evernote
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      ugurozturk Can take notes, can draw, can make to-do lists, can add pictures, can add formulas! What more? Check it out it's also free.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      neithan Less restrained and cluttered than Evernote
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

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      It is not real cross-platform (Linux is not compatible).
      Top negative comment  almost 4 years ago

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      It's a great alternative and cheaper than Evernote. Its not cross platform though.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      jcsdevelopment I've used One-Note about a year now and it is, IMO, the best note-taker. For the price, you can't beat it. Much easier interface and putting things in folders works better than in Evernote.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      1
      OneNote is the most powerful note-taking app available. It in fact much more powerful and flexible than Evernote but is totally free.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      It's completly free, it's synchronizable, it's integrate whit other ms office suite elementes, it have a best design.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    • Made by the company behind WordPress, Simplenote enables users to take notes, lists, and ideas. View 357 alternatives to Simplenote
      Most users think Simplenote is a great alternative to Evernote.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      Simplenote vs Evernote
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      Very quick sync, responsive UI, works good across Windows, Linux and Android, although missing support for graphical notes and more text formatting options
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      9
      User2778798 True to its name, it is simple. Windows, Linux & Android all are supported. No media support. Text only.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

      3
      Not an archiver. Simplenote is for just that: simple markdown notes.
      Top negative comment  almost 4 years ago

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      luminousdragongames The core features of evernote are about clipping information and saving it, note writing text notes. While it might be a good program it doesn't fit.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      2
      Denmon Good for plain text without the bloat of Evernote. Lately (late 2018/early 2019) it's been having trouble syncing reliably between devices, and there's no way to force a sync or see what's happening with sync. That's a showstopper problem, so I've switched to Standard Notes.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      JohnFastman Simplenote is a cross-platform app that allows you to take simple (as the name implies) text-based notes and sync them across your devices. There is markdown support, but little else. It's Evernote with almost everything but the note taking feature taken out. If that appeals to you, it's great. Also, thumbs up for open source and Linux support!
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      CarlosMorales I find it easier to use and manage.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    • 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. View 415 alternatives to Standard Notes
      Most users think Standard Notes is a great alternative to Evernote.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
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      Standard Notes vs Evernote
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      edwardcook A clean and simple, yet versatile and secure end-to-end encrypted notes app. There are multiple available extensions that allow for including images, building spreadsheets, and using markdown, among many other things.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      TBOTO Multi-platform support- Linux included. Open Source code. End-to-end encryption. No device limit. 100 per cent free.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

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      Does not support images or attachments, only text.
      Top negative comment  about 3 years ago

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      RemovedUser Standard Notes is the service that I can trust to not share and read my notes.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      Standard Notes is a multiplatform application (Windows, Android, Linux), secure with perfect synchronization on several devices. Only problem: it is not multilingual.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      Denmon Best option for plain-text synced notes I've found. Moved to this from Simplenote due to sync problems there. UI is not the prettiest but I like the visibility into what's happening with sync and the option to choose different editors for notes. Sync protocol is well documented and you can even run your own Standard File server if you really want. Developer is active and responsive, and has the right approach (IMHO).
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      D2MS Solid, simple and secure note taking app that works across platforms.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    • Google Keep has several features including color coding notes, inserting images, creating lists, geo-fencing, shareable notes, and search by color. View 284 alternatives to Google Keep
      Some users think Google Keep is a great alternative to Evernote, some don't.
      • FreeProprietary
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      Google Keep vs Evernote
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      Drianmoller It's more for personal than professional use, but easy and fast to use.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      Very good note searching. Good integration between desktop and mobile. Use google docs for rich formatting and large texts.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      Google Keep is more like a sticky note where as Evernote is a digital filing system where everything is better organized.
      Top negative comment  almost 5 years ago

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      There is almost no similarity at all. It's very feature poor, clunky to use and has poor cosmetics.
      Negative comment about 2 months ago

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      The functionality of Keep is extremely simple, it's basically a post it note system
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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      shelehovchanin Lists. Ability to draw. Joint notes. The simplest interface, like ordinary stickers.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      0
      it's more like a sticky note and doesn't allow to organize all your notes or format text
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    • With so many tools, it's hard to keep everyone on the same page. Notion is a new tool that unifies them all. View 327 alternatives to Notion
      Almost everyone thinks Notion is a great alternative to Evernote.
      • FreemiumProprietary
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      Notion vs Evernote
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      It manages to do more than any other note taker while feeling less cluttered than Evernote.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      3
      treeg Notion is the most powerful notes solution i've ever seen. Notes, lists, tables, styles, templates, levels. This app has dark theme. Free for mobile single users.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      It's overall more intuitive, less cluttered and more functional than Evernote. This is the first note taking app I've enjoyed using from day one.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      edapm It looks great, with a lot more features. Evernote is quite cluttered, whereas Notion's UI is really sleek.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      It does almost everything better than Evernote, except the camera capture feature and lacks OCR.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      sd18x2 Does everything that Evernote does, except better. Plus hundred other things that Evernote doesn't do.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      0
      matthisdrolet Most comprehensive note, to-do, project management, and archiving software I know of. After years of searching for a decent app to do almost all the things Notion does, I finally found it and it does even more! Updates come through regularly with new features, includes very generous free account, and paid unlimited version is very affordable!
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    • Whether it's bookmarks or passwords, files or shopping lists...Turtl organizes it all and makes it easy to find later. Sync across your devices. Leave nothing behind. View 143 alternatives to Turtl
      Most users think Turtl is a great alternative to Evernote.

      Discontinued

      Doesn't seem to be actively developed anymore. Last update was in 2019.

      • FreemiumOpen Source
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      Turtl vs Evernote
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Turtl stores your info encrypted, unlike Evernote. Much more private.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      10
      you can easily share boards of bookmarks & notes you can synch files & images it's cross platform & free
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      AnonAT Windows versions do not work properly. There is very little documentation and a poor forum.
      Top negative comment  about 4 years ago

      5
      Client-side AES encryption (private), open-source and free syncing. Markdown support, attachments, bookmarks, browser plugins and apps for Win, OsX, Linux and Android. Best used for simple notes, but it's infinitely better than, say Simplenote and much more private than Evernote.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      1
      kbabir Turtl has a great potential to be a full alternative to evernote in the future. But that will take time, still waiting for import feature from other services like evernote,simplenote etc.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      JohnFastman Turtl is presently more of a bookmark sync utility than Evernote replacement. (For an open source Evernote replacement see TagSpaces). Unlike Evernote, Turtl is open source and use end-to-end encryption so that you can store simple notes and online bookmarks with full privacy, even from the Turtl developers. A browser plugin works together with the client to capture links. It's still being developed but already a good choice for cross-platform bookmark/note syncing.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      0
    • A productivity and task management tool appropriate for both individuals and businesses. With Nimbus Note users can create notes and to-do lists, share them with others, and archive important data. Save anything. Access it anywhere. Share with anyone. View 163 alternatives to Nimbus Note
      Most users think Nimbus Note is a great alternative to Evernote.
      • FreemiumProprietary
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      Nimbus Note vs Evernote
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      jasoncomely Nimbus Note is practically an Evernote clone - and a great app too (I use it often).
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

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      bibjasjs this is the closest program I have found that is a direct replacement for Evernote in both function and "feel". Support staff is excellent. There is even an Evernote Importer built in!
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

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      JohnFastman No Linux, no Mac client, no Firefox plugin. Your data rests unencrypted on US-based data centers in readable format. So all the privacy concerns of Evernote minus some of the convenience.
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

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      Nimbus has the potential to seriously challenge Evernote. I found it intuitive, easy to use with a beautiful and neat interface. Better than OneNote esp since it offers tagging.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      almost same evernote. all functions
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      Nimbus Note is for PC users, very simillar to Evernote. It is possible to import all information at once. If you are fine with 100 MB synced data it is free for any number of devices. It has very good online web interface, Windows app is nice, work offline but has some bugs in text editor (formatting) and has no updates for a long period. I cannot recommend Windows Metro App, it is unusable. For users, who prefer MS or Google and want to use images in their notes, is it possible way.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      conceptual Nimbus Note looks similar, and with similar functionality to Evernote, and a bit faster too.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    • A desktop personal wiki with inline preview as-you-type and lots of plugins. View 265 alternatives to Zim
      Most users think Zim is a great alternative to Evernote.
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      Zim vs Evernote
      pros, cons and recent comments
      free, simple to use, clear and easy functions, not overloaded
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Great to store and organize notes, possibility ton includes pictures. You can synchronize your notes with your favorite cloud plateform, notes are saved in the .txt format. The problem is : you need to install an app (not available on android) to use effectively AND it uses a markdown different than other apps.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      samuelhunter Includes nested notes, Wiki-like linking, and conversion to HTML
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      LordMax it's impossible to use it in sync Many time it lost files if more than one device is in use... also not at the same time.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    • Powerful knowledge base that works on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files. View 69 alternatives to Obsidian
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      Obsidian vs Evernote
      pros, cons and recent comments
      jjhon314314 Obsidian is an excellent note-taking app that allows you to write in markdown and use the zettelkasten system.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

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