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    Open Source Evernote Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Evernote for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best open source Mac alternative 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 are open source and available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source Mac alternatives to Evernote are Turtl (Freemium, Open Source), Zim (Free, Open Source), Trilium Notes (Free, Open Source) and QOwnNotes (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jan 7, 2022

    1. 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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      Joplin vs Evernote opinions
      Most users think Joplin is a great alternative to Evernote.
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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  over 1 year ago

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      PRO: - markdown ? - let you encrypt your notes - save them on your computer(backup with thirdparty backupsoftware) - free, Open Source - crossplatform CON: - no OCR
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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      It's open-source and cross-platform
      Positive comment 4 months ago

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      It's open source and can be synchronised. It has calendar capabilities.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      It's free, open source, supports encryption and gives you full control over your data
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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      Its free and Open source We can save our data in our dropbox cloud. crossplatform
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      elu You can do anything as in Evernote!
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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    2. 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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      Standard Notes vs Evernote opinions
      Most users think Standard Notes is a great alternative to 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  about 2 years ago

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      TBOTO Multi-platform support- Linux included. Open Source code. End-to-end encryption. No device limit. 100 per cent free.
      Top positive comment  over 4 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 over 1 year 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 almost 3 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 almost 3 years ago

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      D2MS Solid, simple and secure note taking app that works across platforms.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      Does not support images or attachments, only text.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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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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      Simplenote vs Evernote opinions
      Most users think Simplenote is a great alternative to 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  about 5 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  over 4 years ago

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

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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.
      Negative comment 5 months 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 about 2 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment almost 3 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 about 5 years ago

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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.

      Discontinued

      The project doesn't seem to be actively developed anymore. Last updates was in 2019.

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      Turtl vs Evernote opinions
      Most users think Turtl is a great alternative to Evernote.
      Turtl stores your info encrypted, unlike Evernote. Much more private.
      Top positive comment  about 5 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  about 5 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  almost 5 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment almost 5 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 almost 5 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 about 5 years ago

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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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      Zim vs Evernote opinions
      Most users think Zim is a great alternative to Evernote.
      free, simple to use, clear and easy functions, not overloaded
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      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 about 5 years ago

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      samuelhunter Includes nested notes, Wiki-like linking, and conversion to HTML
      Positive comment about 5 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 over 4 years ago

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    6. Original Feature List (with personal marked Highlights) >> Notes can be arranged into arbitrarily deep tree. Single note can be placed into multiple places in the tree (see cloning)
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    7. 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.
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      Some users think QOwnNotes is a great alternative to Evernote, some don't.
    8. Dendron is an open-source, local-first, markdown-based, note-taking tool built on top of VSCode. It supports all the usual features you would expect like tagging, backlinks, a graph view, split panes, and so forth.
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    9. 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.

      Discontinued

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

      wikidPad vs Evernote opinions
      Most users think wikidPad is a great alternative to Evernote.
      iwanaanderson If you like hierarchical ("logical") organization and still want to cross reference. Wikidpad is the number 1 choice for you.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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    10. 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.
      Leanote vs Evernote opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Leanote is a great alternative to Evernote.
      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 about 5 years ago

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      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 4 years ago

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