Open Source Evernote Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Evernote for Mac if you are looking to replace it. The most popular Mac alternative is Small Joplin iconJoplin, 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 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Evernote are Small Microsoft OneNote iconMicrosoft OneNote (Freemium), Small NoteLedge iconNoteLedge (Paid), Small Simplenote iconSimplenote (Free, Open Source) and Small Standard Notes iconStandard Notes (Freemium, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Apr 9, 2021

    • An open source note taking and to-do application with synchronisation capabilities. View 544 alternatives to Joplin
      Most users think Joplin is a great alternative to Evernote.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Google Chrome
      • Termux
      • Firefox
      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  about 2 years ago

      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  6 months ago

      It's open source and can be synchronised. It has calendar capabilities.
      Positive comment 11 days ago

      It's free, open source, supports encryption and gives you full control over your data
      Positive comment about 1 month ago

      Its free and Open source We can save our data in our dropbox cloud. crossplatform
      Positive comment 12 months ago

      elu You can do anything as in Evernote!
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      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 about 1 year ago

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    • Made by the company behind WordPress, Simplenote enables users to take notes, lists, and ideas. View 353 alternatives to Simplenote
      Most users think Simplenote is a great alternative to Evernote.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Kindle Fire
      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

      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

      Not an archiver. Simplenote is for just that: simple markdown notes.
      Top negative comment  almost 4 years ago

      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

      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 about 2 years ago

      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

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

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    • Standard Notes is a simple and private notes app. It allows you to write and sync your notes across all your devices, including your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and web browser. View 408 alternatives to Standard Notes
      Most users think Standard Notes is a great alternative to Evernote.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Chrome OS
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      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

      TBOTO Multi-platform support- Linux included. Open Source code. End-to-end encryption. No device limit. 100 per cent free.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

      Does not support images or attachments, only text.
      Top negative comment  almost 3 years ago

      RemovedUser Standard Notes is the service that I can trust to not share and read my notes.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

      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

      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 about 2 years ago

      D2MS Solid, simple and secure note taking app that works across platforms.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    • 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. View 140 alternatives to Turtl
      Most users think Turtl is a great alternative to Evernote.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      • Self-Hosted
      • Google Chrome
      • Firefox
      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

      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

      AnonAT Windows versions do not work properly. There is very little documentation and a poor forum.
      Top negative comment  about 4 years ago

      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 about 4 years ago

      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 about 4 years ago

      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

    • A desktop personal wiki with inline preview as-you-type and lots of plugins. View 260 alternatives to Zim
      Most users think Zim is a great alternative to Evernote.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      Zim vs Evernote
      pros, cons and recent comments
      free, simple to use, clear and easy functions, not overloaded
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      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

      samuelhunter Includes nested notes, Wiki-like linking, and conversion to HTML
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      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 over 3 years ago



    • 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 63 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 136 alternatives to QOwnNotes
      Some users think QOwnNotes is a great alternative to Evernote, some don't.
    • 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 232 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.

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
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      • Linux
      • BSD
      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

    • FeaturesNotes can be arranged into arbitrarily deep hierarchy (tree)Notes can have more than 1 parents - see cloning View 317 alternatives to Trilium Notes
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
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      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
      • Google Chrome
      • Cloudron
      • Firefox
    • 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. View 314 alternatives to Leanote
      Almost everyone thinks Leanote is a great alternative to Evernote.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      Leanote vs Evernote
      pros, cons and recent comments
      JohnFastman 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.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      iwankelaiah 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.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago