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Free Evernote Alternatives

The best free alternative to Evernote is Microsoft OneNote. 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 Joplin, NoteLedge, Standard Notes and Simplenote.

Evernote alternatives are mainly Note-taking Tools but may also be Todo List Managers or Task Management Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Evernote.
This page was last updated Jun 23, 2022
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Evernote is a cross-platform, freemium app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving.

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  1. OneNote is one of the most ubiquitous note-taking apps out there, and with its notoriety comes widespread mainstream support and understanding. Like Evernote, it supports note-taking and to-do lists, and its interface can be considered much simpler and less cluttered than Evernote's as well. It isn't as crossplatform as Evernote, though it has support for plugins and supplementary apps and features.

    Microsoft OneNote vs Evernote opinions
    Most users think Microsoft OneNote is a great alternative to 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.

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    neithan

    Less restrained and cluttered than Evernote

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    It is not real cross-platform (Linux is not compatible).

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    priang

    There is not a good search engine inside the notes. This is essential in a note taking app.

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    It's a great alternative and cheaper than Evernote. Its not cross platform though.

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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.

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    OneNote is the most powerful note-taking app available. It in fact much more powerful and flexible than Evernote but is totally free.

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  2. Joplin

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    Joplin is an open source note-taking alternative to Evernote that is also available on most mainstream platforms. Unlike Evernote, Joplin is an offline first and client-side encrypted app. On top of no upload limit, it can also import notes from Evernote and other note-taking services. These advantages and this support for migration makes Joplin an easy recommendation.

    Joplin vs Evernote opinions
    Most users think Joplin is a great alternative to Evernote.
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    It's open source and can be synchronised. It has calendar capabilities.

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    surehand53
    • good functionality for
      • note taking
      • task managemet
      • file attachments
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    priang

    It's not WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) as Evernote. You need to learn Markdown.

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    mandrael

    Joplin is a quite okay alternative to Evernote, but it has its issues. 1) the mobile sync doesn't work in the background, so it doesn't work sufficiently. Issue on Android and iOS. It only syncs if you watch it. No background-sync (!!). 2) It's not WYSIWYG and you can't do several common things you can do with Evernote or Nimbus. Joplin has to improve in sync and user-friendlyness. Then it can really compete. But: it has the best Evernote import feature on the market. This worked flawlessly!

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    Eduardo3382

    There is a large community behind this app that can assist you if you find some problem.

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    Best alternative to evernote for me:

    • imported all my notes and notebooks
    • markdown editor is the same on every platform
    • synchronization with unlimited number of devices
    • client-side encryption
    • offline-first data
    • supports many platforms
    • many useful markdown plugins
    • really dark mode
    • free

    Con

    • Sometimes fails to open long note in editor on my old Android phone
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    It's open-source and cross-platform

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  3. NoteLedge has a friendly and accessible interface for note-taking, but it comes with some key caveats in comparison to other Evernote alternatives. On top of being paid software (with additional subscription based pro service options on top of that), it is not available on Linux. It features multilingual support in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese.

    NoteLedge vs Evernote opinions
    Almost everyone thinks NoteLedge is a great alternative to Evernote.
    angelicalloyd036

    I like NoteLedge more because it has a simple and intuitive interface.

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  4. Standard Notes

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    Though Standard Notes only supports text entry out of the box, it has its own advantages compared to Evernote. Its features can also be expanded with extensions. It's end-to-end encrypted, open source (but freemium), and has no device limit. It can synchronize your notes to as many supported devices as you want. Our users find that it does not feature multilingual support, however.

    Standard Notes vs Evernote opinions
    Most users think Standard Notes is a great alternative to Evernote.
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    TBOTO

    Multi-platform support- Linux included. Open Source code. End-to-end encryption. No device limit. 100 per cent free.

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    zane

    Open-source, free, great experience, and support for almost every platform.

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    Does not support images or attachments, only text.

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    calender

    Not good as joplin because almost all features are paid

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    RemovedUser

    Standard Notes is the service that I can trust to not share and read my notes.

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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.

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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.

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  5. As its name suggests, Simplenote is a simplified note-taking app for Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, Linux, and the web. It only supports text-based entry and doesn't really support media clipping or any of the more advanced or elaborate features found in other Evernote alternatives. However, for text-based notes, this is truly accessible and simple to use.

    Simplenote vs Evernote opinions
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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

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    User2778798

    True to its name, it is simple. Windows, Linux & Android all are supported. No media support. Text only.

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    Not an archiver. Simplenote is for just that: simple markdown notes.

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    pufeed

    Simplenote is very literal in the name. It is as basic as you can get. Markdown notes. That's it.

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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.

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    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.

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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!

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  6. Notion is another popular Evernote alternative. Available on the same platforms save for Linux operating systems, Notion has most of the features found in Evernote as well. In addition to these, Notion is robust, as it can also be used as a project management app, personal database, and a hub for public documentation. However, it lacks optical character recognition and camera capturing support for importing media. Many AlternativeTo users praise its interface as clean and sleek in comparison.

    Notion vs Evernote opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Notion is a great alternative to Evernote.
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    hussainiumairuk

    Notion is a powerhouse and I am excited to see how people implement Agile and Product Management in Notion using their powerful database features.

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    It does almost everything better than Evernote, except the camera capture feature and lacks OCR.

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    priang

    There is no offline option. The android version is too slow.

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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.

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    edapm

    It looks great, with a lot more features. Evernote is quite cluttered, whereas Notion's UI is really sleek.

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    It manages to do more than any other note taker while feeling less cluttered than Evernote.

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    sd18x2

    Does everything that Evernote does, except better. Plus hundred other things that Evernote doesn't do.

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  7. Google Keep

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    Google Keep brings the power of Google Docs to note-taking, and features what is basically a post-it note interface with the rich content support found in its more formal document processing cousin. Being web based allows for perfect synchronization across devices, though it is not end-to-end encrypted.

    Google Keep vs Evernote opinions
    Some users think Google Keep is a great alternative to Evernote, some don't.
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    Drianmoller

    It's more for personal than professional use, but easy and fast to use.

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    Very good note searching. Good integration between desktop and mobile. Use google docs for rich formatting and large texts.

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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.

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    There is almost no similarity at all. It's very feature poor, clunky to use and has poor cosmetics.

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    The functionality of Keep is extremely simple, it's basically a post it note system

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    shelehovchanin

    Lists. Ability to draw. Joint notes. The simplest interface, like ordinary stickers.

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    it's more like a sticky note and doesn't allow to organize all your notes or format text

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  8. Powerful knowledge base that works on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files.

    Obsidian vs Evernote opinions
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    joshuadwagner

    ? Building an interface on top of a directory of Markdown files. Huge interoperability gains. ?? ? Amazing plugins (99% free) by a vibrant Forum/Discord community. ?? It's about making sense of information and utilizing it, not just collecting and archiving it. Obsidian and the community excel at that.

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    ststefa

    Manages data (mostly markdown) in plain files. Has excellent inter-note linking and tagging capabilities. Syncs nicely between devices with a sync-tool of choice (icloud drive in my case). Offers extension through lots of clever plugins. Strikes an almost perfect balance between simplicity and usefulness (at least for me). Someone on the internet (tm) put it very appropriately: "It's an IDE for notes".

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    jjhon314314

    Obsidian is an excellent note-taking app that allows you to write in markdown and use the zettelkasten system.

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  9. Turtl is open source and encrypted end-to-end, so it's desirable as an Evernote alternative from a privacy standpoint. However, its development has ceased since 2019. It also lacks some of the more intricate features of Evernote and some of its highest rated alternatives, such as the ability to import notes from other programs.

    Turtl vs Evernote opinions
    Most users think Turtl is a great alternative to Evernote.

    Turtl stores your info encrypted, unlike Evernote. Much more private.

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    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.

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    AnonAT

    Windows versions do not work properly. There is very little documentation and a poor forum.

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    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.

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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.

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    you can easily share boards of bookmarks & notes you can synch files & images it's cross platform & free

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  10. Nimbus Note

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    Nimbus Note features an interface that is incredibly similar to Evernote's, but it has a few limitations in comparison. For one, it's not available for Linux or as a Firefox browser plugin. It also has a 100 MB limit for synced data and is not updated as frequently due to the development team's smaller size. Like Evernote, it does not encrypt data, so for those looking for a more private alternative, this likely isn't for you.

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    Most users think Nimbus Note is a great alternative to Evernote.
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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!

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    jasoncomely

    Nimbus Note is practically an Evernote clone - and a great app too (I use it often).

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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.

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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 2 years ago
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    almost same evernote. all functions

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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.

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    conceptual

    Nimbus Note looks similar, and with similar functionality to Evernote, and a bit faster too.

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