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Open Source Evernote Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Evernote is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Standard Notes or Simplenote. 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 Turtl, Zim, CherryTree and Logseq.

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.
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  1. Joplin icon

    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.

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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

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    • 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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    Standard Notes

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
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    • Online
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    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid

    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.

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    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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  3. 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.

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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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  4. 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.

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    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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  5. 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.

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    Most users think Zim is a great alternative to Evernote.

    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.

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    samuelhunter

    Includes nested notes, Wiki-like linking, and conversion to HTML

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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.

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    free, simple to use, clear and easy functions, not overloaded

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  6. A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file.

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    Most users think CherryTree is a great alternative to Evernote.
    priang

    Rich text with images; Syntax highlighting (store codes); You can link notes; You can export notes as HTML (a web page), PDF, and others; Really customizable.

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    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.

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  7. Logseq is a platform for knowledge sharing and management. It focuses on privacy, longevity, and user control. Notice: the backend code will be open-sourced as soon as we’re sure that the backend service meets the security standards.

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    Trilium Notes

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Windows
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    • Self-Hosted
    • Google Chrome
    • Cloudron
    • Firefox

    Trilium Notes is a hierarchical note taking application.

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  9. Text editor - Notes, ToDo & Bookmarks. Markdown and todo.txt support.

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  10. Cryptee icon

    Cryptee

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    • Google Chrome
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Cryptee is a safety and privacy focused, encrypted and cross-platform personal data storage service. You can write personal documents, notes, journals, store photos and all sorts of other files.

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