Find an Evernote Alternative: 25+ open source apps for note-taking in 2018

Popular open source Alternatives to Evernote for Linux, Windows, Mac, Android, Self-Hosted and more. Explore 25+ apps like Evernote, all suggested and ranked by the AlternativeTo user community.

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The list of alternatives was last updated: 10/10/2018 2:54:00 PM

Alternatives to Evernote for all platforms with Open Source License

  • Simplenote

    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. No buttons to press. It just works. Your notes are synced across your devices when you create, add to or change them. Registration is required but the app and service are free.

    • 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 • 10 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Not an archiver. Simplenote is for just that: simple markdown notes. Guest • Jun 2017 • 7 agrees and 0 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 • 8 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • No import/export, requires use of "markups" instead of keystrokes for style changes Guest • Jul 2016 • 6 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • True to its name, it is simple. Windows, Linux & Android all are supported. No media support. Text only. User2778798Jun 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Simplenote is just about making simple text notes Guest • Oct 2016 • 6 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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

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  • Zim

    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 previewed as-you-type. Creating a new page is easy by either clicking on the "Create new note" button, by linking to a non-existing page or by writing a CamelCase name in any note.

    • 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 • 3 agrees and 1 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 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • Standard Notes

    Love Notes. Love Encryption. Standard Notes is a safe place for your notes, thoughts, and life's work. It's simple. Standard Notes is the easiest notes app you'll ever use. That means a more reliable, long-term experience. Encrypted writing is your best writing. You never really know the power of your words until you experience total-privacy for the first time.

    • Multi-platform support- Linux included. Open Source code. End-to-end encryption. No device limit. 100 per cent free. TBOTOApr 2017 • 8 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Does not support images or attachments, only text. Guest • May 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Open-source, free, great experience, and support for almost every platform. zaneNov 2017 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is built from the ground-up to last 100 years - so a very different development model. Core software is plain text, and extended through plugins for Markdown and other rich text. scooterdogFeb 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's secure and private, support nice plugins like markdown format. mm140Feb 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Privacy, sanity, and no feature creep or bloat, plus a dark theme! technoApr 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Solid, simple and secure note taking app that works across platforms. D2MSSep 2018 Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted

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  • Turtl

    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. Turtl uses high-end cryptography to protect your data. Whether you're worried about information leaks, competitive advantage, or blanket government surveillance, Turtl works hard to make sure only you, and those you choose, can see your data.

    • Turtl stores your info encrypted, unlike Evernote. Much more private. Guest • Oct 2016 • 11 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 • 6 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • you can easily share boards of bookmarks & notes you can synch files & images it's cross platform & free Guest • Dec 2016 • 6 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Windows versions do not work properly. There is very little documentation and a poor forum. AnonATMar 2017 • 3 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 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android Android Tablet ... Self-Hosted Chrome Firefox

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  • Joplin

    Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor. The notes are in Markdown format. Notes exported from Evernote via .enex files can be imported into Joplin, including the formatted content (which is converted to Markdown), resources (images, attachments, etc.

    • - good functionality for - note taking - task managemet - file attachments surehand53Jun 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • PRO: - markdown ? - let you encrypt your notes - save them on your computer(backup with thirdparty backupsoftware) - free, Open Source - crossplatform CON: - no OCR Guest • Jul 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Already very good, and the progress during the last few months has been STUNNING! So many new releases with massive new features. This is one to watch. pragmatticaJun 2018 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Chrome Firefox

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  • Paperwork

    Paperwork aims to be an open-source, self-hosted alternative to services like Evernote , Microsoft OneNote or Google Keep . Paperwork is written in PHP, utilising the beautiful Laravel 4 framework. It provides a modern web UI, built on top of AngularJS & Bootstrap 3, as well as an open API for third party integration. For the back-end part a MySQL database stores everything.

    • 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 • 2 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Web Self-Hosted PHP Cloudron

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  • TagSpaces

    TagSpaces is an open source personal data manager. It helps you organize and browse your files on every platform. Cross-platform file tagging and file finding Organize your photos, ebooks, music, recipes or invoices in the same way on almost every platform. We currently support Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, Firefox and Chrome With the help of tags you can do research better or you can manage projects using the GTD methodology.

    • Note taking is only a small part - tagging of local files is the main purpose. Guest • Jan 2017 • 10 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • TagSpaces is built as an Evernote alternative for note taking and information management Danilo_VenomOct 2016 • 9 agrees and 3 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 • 6 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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

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  • Leanote

    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 the blog. The code of Leanote can be found on Github but you have to pay to get the app from the official website, hence this freemium license.

    • 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 • 6 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. iwankelaiahOct 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Freemium Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted

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  • wikidPad

    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 from other notepad applications is the ease with which you can cross-link your information. Links in a wiki are created by typing in WikiWords. A WikiWord is any mixed case word typed into the editor. TodoList or JohnDoe are example WikiWords.

    • 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 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • OpenNote

    OpenNote was built to be an open web based alternative to Microsoft OneNote and Evernote . Features Full WYSIWYG editor Touch friendly and mouse friendly ui Upload manager (not enabled in demo :) ) Light weight Multi user support Search PDO Connector/(MySql and SQLite Database Support) Move Folders(Cut and paste) Rename/Delete Folders(Click on folder title to get menu.)

    • Keeps your data out of 3rd party hands, and I like that. Add this to a freedombox and you're off to the privacy races :-) Guest • Jul 2015 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Self-Hosted

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  • Tomboy

    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 direction of the political landscape in post-industrial Australia? Or are you one of those desperate souls with home-made, buggy, or not-quite-perfect notes systems? Time for Tomboy. We bet you'll be surprised at how well a little application can make life less cluttered and run more smoothly.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • QOwnNotes

    QOwnNotes is the open source 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. So you are able to write down your thoughts with QOwnNotes and edit or search for them later from your mobile device (like with CloudNotes) or the ownCloud web-service. The notes are stored as plain text files and are synced with ownCloud's file sync functionality.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Qt

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  • NixNote

    NixNote, formerly Nevernote, is an open source client for Evernote . It is written in Java so it will also run on Windows & OS-X, but the primary focus has been to try and get a usable environment for Linux. Features Synchronizes with Evernote servers Local data caching Cross platform Local-only and synchronized notebooks supported Database may be encrypted locally

    • Just for clarity: NixNote is an alternative CLIENT software that allows Linux users to access the Evernote SERVICE. It has been developed because Evernote do not provide a client for Linux users. JohnFastmanJan 2017 • 6 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Amazing alternative to Evernote for Linux, it works great! Evernote on web sucks, so this is a great solution for Linux users. ShaikailashAug 2016 • 3 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • WizNote

    WizNote is a Note software, which is especially designed for Internet users and mobile Internet users. WizNote focuses more on notes of rapid collection, management, reading and sharing. WizNote is smaller, more stable, and more suitable for computers, phones and mobile devices. It has a more abundant notes organization and rapid fulltext retrieval. Using associated online service, you can synchronise the notes between your computer and your cell phone.

    • Ppen source, availabe for all platforms, good markdown support, sync with cloud, easy to share your notes, can revieve comments on each note, great team work function. carlsplaceDec 2016 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Windows S Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad

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  • Piggydb

    Piggydb is a Web notebook application that provides you with a platform to build your knowledge personally or collaboratively. With Piggydb, you can create highly structured content by connecting knowledge fragments to each other to build a network structure, which is more flexible and expressive than a tree structure. Fragments can also be classified using hierarchical tags. Piggydb does not aim to be an input-and-search database application.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted

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    • Discontinued Development has shifted from Piggydb to Cotoami. https://piggydb.net/2017/04/04/piggydb-oinker-cotoami-we-need-your-help/
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  • KeyNote NF

    KeyNote NF is a flexible, multi-featured tabbed notebook, based on Windows standard RichEdit control. It's always accessible with a single keypress, even if you work in another application. The basic idea in KeyNote NF is that you can include many separate notes within a single file. This means that you do not need to open several files - for most purposes it is enough to create only one file and hold all your notes inside it.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • Elephant

    Elephant is a notetaker with a classic interface you already know. Keep your notes to yourself. No accounts or clouds. For syncing use Dropbox, Github, rsync, ... No feature bloat or redesigns, ever. Elephant stores notes in plain files and folders. No databases and no migration. Cross-platform for Mac, Windows and Linux. Built for longevity with a classic interface. New versions will never offer weird functionality.

    • If you want to take control over your notes and want the notes to be readable in 50 years or more, then Elephant can be a good alternative. mtibbiMar 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • MyTetra

    MyTetra is open source and cross platform personal manager for information accumulation. It is powerful program for data memorization and structuring notes.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Hypothes.is

    We think simple tools can help us all improve the quality of information on the Internet and in the greater world around us. Our team is building an open platform for discussion on the web. It leverages annotation to enable sentence-level critique or note-taking on top of news, blogs, scientific articles, books, terms of service, ballot initiatives, legislation and more. Everything we build is guided by our principles.

    • Evernote allows you to store and index notes, files and other data using a service that syncs all this between devices. Hypothes.is is a project to develop a new "layer" over the top of existing websites (only), which allows a people to share comments on those websites. JohnFastmanJan 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Web Chrome Firefox

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  • BasKet

    A note taking application for KDE. Lots of features. This multi-purpose note-taking application helps you to: * Easily take all sort of notes * Collect research results and share them * Centralize your project data and reuse it * Quickly organize your thoughts in idea boxes * Keep track of your information in a smart way * Make intelligent To Do lists

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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    • Discontinued Last release 8 years ago. Current github status says there are still bugs moving from KDE 3 to 4 (KDE is at version 5 now)
  • Tracks

    Tracks is a web-based application to help you implement David Allen’s Getting Things Done™ methodology. It was built using Ruby on Rails, and comes with a built-in webserver (WEBrick), so that you can run it on your own computer if you like. It can be run on any platform on which Ruby can be installed, including Mac OS X, Windows XP and Linux. Tracks is Open Source, free and licensed under the GNU GPL.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web Self-Hosted

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