Open Source Evernote Alternatives

    The best open source 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 open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Evernote are Simplenote (Free, Open Source), Standard Notes (Freemium, Open Source), Turtl (Freemium, Open Source) and Zim (Free, Open Source).

    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
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    • Works Offline
    • Outliner
    • Cloud sync
    • Tagging
    • Writing tool
    • Knowledge base
    • Diary
    • Wiki
    • Team Collaboration
    • Sticky notes
    • Knowledge Management
    • Hierarchical structure

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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. View 548 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 3 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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    • 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. View 356 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

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      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  about 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

      5
      CarlosMorales I find it easier to use and manage.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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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. View 414 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

      5
      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 11 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 almost 3 years ago

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    • 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. View 142 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

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      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 over 4 years ago

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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.
      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

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    • Zim is a much more structured, wiki-like text editor. Though it can be used for note-taking (and with features like nested lists, an argument can certainly be made that it should be used for more complex information recording), it is an application that can be used for wiki structuring and formal page publishing. View 264 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

      1
      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

      3
      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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    • A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file. View 469 alternatives to CherryTree
      Most users think CherryTree is a great alternative to Evernote.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      • PortableApps.com
      CherryTree vs Evernote
      pros, cons and recent comments
      CherryTree is a great alternative, particularly if you're also looking for the notebook/wiki setup (think of it as a newer, less buggy Zim). SQLite storage, optional encryption, hierarchical node structure, syntax highlighting (for code documentation), customizable keyboard shortcuts, cross-platform, etc.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    • Polar is a powerful desktop app for managing all your web content, books, and notes. Polar keeps all your content in one place, supports tagging, annotation, highlighting and keeps track of your reading progress. View 64 alternatives to Polar
    • Plain text notepad with markdown support and todo list manager for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, that works together with the notes application of ownCloud. View 142 alternatives to QOwnNotes
      Some users think QOwnNotes is a great alternative to Evernote, some don't.
    • 📝 Create notes and manage your to-do list using simple markup formats🌲 Work completely offline - whenever, wherever👌 Compatible with any other... View 109 alternatives to Markor
    • wikidPad is a Wiki-like notebook for storing your thoughts, ideas, todo lists, contacts, or anything else you can think of to write down. View 233 alternatives to wikidPad
      Most users think wikidPad is a great alternative to Evernote.

      Discontinued

      Last update was in November 2018, and various links are dead on their website.

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      wikidPad vs Evernote
      pros, cons and recent comments
      iwanaanderson If you like hierarchical ("logical") organization and still want to cross reference. Wikidpad is the number 1 choice for you.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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