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  • Laverna icon


    Laverna is a JavaScript note taking application with Markdown editor and encryption support. Consider it like open source alternative to...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web Self-Hosted

    • It is open-source, encrypted storage that allows you to host your own data. It also provides desktop apps for all platforms (unlike Evernote) Guest • Oct 2016 • 9 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Main reasons why I believe this is a best alternative to Evernote, OneNote, and Google Keep: Markdown & open source Guest • Dec 2016 • 8 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Laverna has the following advantages over Evernote: 1. Encryption (and therefore privacy/security); 2. It's open source (trustworthy); 3. Self-hosted (you control your data); 4. Supports Windows, Mac & Linux (Evernote has no Linux version). JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Laverna is awesome, works on Linux and gives you options to secure your data. Oh and unlike Microsoft and Google, they don't leech all your data on a continuous telemetry stream Guest • Jan 2017 • 6 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Only requires a HTML5 compatible web browser and can use it offline. Works very well with Firefox and Google Chrome. Easy to install on personal web server. To sync data between devices can use a remote storage server. Guest • Mar 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very fast. And more stylish while the package is relatively small. TorosFannyAug 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • It supports markdown and encryption, you can sync data via Dropbox or your own server. Soon, it will get Android app, all free and open source! karlossss1996Sep 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • This is a web application. With Evernote I can take note without any connection and it takes care of my synchronization later on... Guest • Jul 2016 • 11 agrees and 38 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Google Keep icon

    Google Keep

    Google Keep has several features including color coding notes, inserting images, creating lists, geo-fencing, shareable notes, and search by color.

    Free Windows Web Android iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Chrome ... Android Wear

    • Google Keep is more like a sticky note where as Evernote is a digital filing system where everything is better organized. Guest • Jul 2016 • 22 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Google Keep doesn't support text formating, only simple plain text. Evernote is more for MSWord-like notes. Guest • May 2016 • 14 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very good note searching. Good integration between desktop and mobile. Use google docs for rich formatting and large texts. Guest • Sep 2016 • 5 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's more for personal than professional use, but easy and fast to use. DrianmollerJan 2017 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It has barely any of the features. Could work if you only need to store simple text and photos but much more than that and it just gets hard to organise. Guest • Mar 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Purpose of Google Keep is different. It's better for sticky notes and todo lists while Evernote is made for organizing your images/articles/notes etc. angel_kokyAug 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Much simpler but still very powerful note keeping app. Keep is very easy to use and includes many powerful features. Guest • Aug 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • The main reason I don't use Google Keep is that it doesn't have a Firefox plugin. Guest • Jul 2016 • 2 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Microsoft OneNote icon

    Microsoft OneNote

    A digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information. .

    Free Mac Windows Android iPhone Windows RT Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch ... Android Wear Kindle Fire

    • Can Note ! Can Draw ! Can make To Do List ! Can Add pictures. Can Add Formules. What's more ? Check it out it is also free. ugurozturkMar 2017 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Less restrained and cluttered than Evernote neithanJun 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The clipper has to simple experience. The search is impossible. The interface has to be more usable danantferrariFeb 2017 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Easy to use, strong support backed by Microsoft, also got plenty of plugins and apps. Guest • Jan 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Now that it is completely free on all platforms (there is even a free Win10 UWP desktop app), not freemium as stated in this site, its functionality is almost the same. I miss not being able to store pdfs, but that's about it. Guest • Jun 2017 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is not real cross-platform (Linux is not compatible). Guest • Aug 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Simplenote icon


    Made by the company behind WordPress , Simplenote is an easy way to keep notes, lists, ideas, and more. Your notes stay updated across all your devices.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad ... Kindle Fire

    • Very quick sync, responsive UI, works good across Windows, Linux and Android, although missing support for graphical notes and more text formatting options Guest • Nov 2016 • 7 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • No import/export, requires use of "markups" instead of keystrokes for style changes Guest • Jul 2016 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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! JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Not an archiver. Simplenote is for just that: simple markdown notes. Guest • Jun 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • True to its name, it is simple. Windows, Linux & Android all are supported. No media support. Text only. User2778798Jun 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Simplenote is just about making simple text notes Guest • Oct 2016 • 4 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Zim icon


    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...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • 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. Guest • Jan 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Includes nested notes, Wiki-like linking, and conversion to HTML samuelhunterJan 2017 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. LordMaxJul 2017 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Turtl icon


    Turtl is a private place to keep your notes, research, passwords, bookmarks, dream logs, photos, documents and anything else you want kept safe. Turtl's easy tagging...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android Self-Hosted

    • Turtl stores your info encrypted, unlike Evernote. Much more private. Guest • Oct 2016 • 9 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • you can easily share boards of bookmarks & notes you can synch files & images it's cross platform & free Guest • Dec 2016 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Windows versions do not work properly. There is very little documentation and a poor forum. AnonATMar 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. kbabirFeb 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Mar 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Paperwork icon


    OpenSource note-taking & archiving alternative to Evernote, Microsoft OneNote & Google Keep.

    Free Open Source Linux Web Self-Hosted PHP Cloudron

    • Easily the most advanced alternative to Evernote. Basically has all the functionality of Evernote's web app, plus it's free and open source. The downside is that it's self-hosted, which means that if you're a beginner with setting stuff you you'll find it hard to get going. If that's the case, see if TagSpaces or Elephant might do what you want. JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • TagSpaces icon


    TagSpaces is a multiplatform application, which allows you to manage and organize your local files with the help of tags.

    Freemium $ $ $ Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Self-Hosted Chrome Firefox

    • TagSpaces is built as an Evernote alternative for note taking and information management Danilo_VenomOct 2016 • 8 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Note taking is only a small part - tagging of local files is the main purpose. Guest • Jan 2017 • 7 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Superb, open-source, free, cross-platform organizer or files and notes. Still a work in progress, but already extremely useful. No automatic giving up of private data to the cloud; instead you can sync whichever folder you like to the cloud using your favourite service. Very highly recommended. JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Standard Notes icon

    Standard Notes

    Protect your privacy while getting more done. That's Standard Notes. 100% Private. Your notes are encrypted and secured so only you can decrypt them. No one but...

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    Have you ever felt the frustration at not being able to locate a website you wanted to check out, or find an email you found interesting, or remember an idea about the...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • Leanote icon


    Leanote provides services for note and blog. You can use "note" as your personal notebook, if you want to share with friends, just publish note or notebook to...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Self-Hosted

    • Probably the most complete open source, self-hosted or paid-for Evernote alternative in terms of functionality. Sadly, the English instructions aren't easy to find or that clear. But it works phenomenally well as an Evernote alternative. JohnFastmanJan 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It supports, markdown, sequence diagram, flowchart, math, and syncing. The desktop clients (Win/MacOs) also export to HTML and PDF. It support Nested notebooks. I doesn't have web clipper, and this is fine as I don't need it. I like to structure my notes using Markdown. Many of instructions are in Chinese and some are in English. If you drop in question in English (in the forum), someone would reply in English. The team is in the progress of translating Chinese manual to English. iwankelaiah13 days ago Disagree   Agree
  • wikidPad icon


    wikidPad is a Wiki-like notebook for storing your thoughts, ideas, todo lists, contacts, or anything else you can think of to write down. What makes wikidPad different...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • If you like hierarchical ("logical") organization and still want to cross reference. Wikidpad is the number 1 choice for you. iwanaandersonDec 2016 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Nimbus Note icon

    Nimbus Note

    Nimbus tools will make sure you never forget or lose your valuable data again. Create and edit notes, save web pages, screenshots and any other type of data – and share...

    Freemium Windows Web Android iPhone Chrome OS Windows Phone Chrome Chromium

    • 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. JohnFastmanJan 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Nimbus Note is practically an Evernote clone - and a great app too (I use it often). jasoncomelySep 2015 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Can import from Evernote including tags and images. xeam404Jul 2016 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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! bibjasjsAug 2016 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Nimbus Note looks similar, and with similar functionality to Evernote, and a bit faster too. conceptualJan 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Jul 2017 Disagree   Agree