Self-Hosted Evernote Alternatives

Evernote works as a freemium note-taking service compatible with many device form factors and operating systems, from availability on Windows, macOS, and Linux, to an app available on the App Store and the Google Play Store.

With other alternatives available that also synchronize across devices, it all comes down to your preferred format and layout. If Evernote is not working for your taste, there are plenty of alternatives that also allow you to synchronize your written notes and content on many devices. You might also prefer open source alternatives to Evernote.

One feature that you may be looking for in alternatives to Evernote is support for recognizing handwriting and adding it to notes as text.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 6/30/2019 1:24:00 PM

Alternatives to Evernote for Self-hosting with any license

  • 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.

    • Windows versions do not work properly. There is very little documentation and a poor forum. AnonATMar 2017 • 6 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Turtl stores your info encrypted, unlike Evernote. Much more private. Guest • Oct 2016 • 13 agrees and 6 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 • 8 agrees and 8 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 6 disagrees 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 • 2 agrees and 2 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

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  • Standard Notes

    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. Private means your notes are end-to-end encrypted, so only you can read your notes. Even we can't read the contents of your notes. Simple means it does one job and does it well. Standard Notes is a safe and lasting place for your life's work.

    • Standard Notes is a multiplatform application (Windows, Android, Linux), secure with perfect synchronization on several devices. Only problem: it is not multilingual. Guest • Mar 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • 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). DenmonFeb 2019 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Solid, simple and secure note taking app that works across platforms. D2MSSep 2018 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Does not support images or attachments, only text. Guest • May 2018 • 15 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Privacy, sanity, and no feature creep or bloat, plus a dark theme! technoApr 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's secure and private, support nice plugins like markdown format. mm140Feb 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 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 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Open-source, free, great experience, and support for almost every platform. zaneNov 2017 • 7 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Multi-platform support- Linux included. Open Source code. End-to-end encryption. No device limit. 100 per cent free. TBOTOApr 2017 • 12 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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

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  • Paperwork

    OpenSource note-taking & archiving Paperwork is an open-source, self-hosted alternative to services like Evernote , Microsoft OneNote or Google Keep . This branch contains the second iteration of Paperwork, which is a complete rewrite. Not only is it based on another framework - it is based on a completely different technology stack. It is in its very early development phase and not yet usable.

    • 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 • 3 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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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 • 19 agrees and 2 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 • 7 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • TagSpaces is built as an Evernote alternative for note taking and information management Danilo_VenomOct 2016 • 10 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • No way to search the content of notes. pihentagyFeb 2017 Disagree   Agree

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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

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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.

    • 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
    • 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

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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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  • Carnet

    Carnet is a complete and rich note taking app for Android and Linux that can be synced with NextCloud (selfhosted) or the official Carnet server.

    • It has a great UI and it is Open Source. CrystaleJun 2019 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux Web Android Self-Hosted

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  • Trilium Notes

    Features Notes can be arranged into arbitrarily deep hierarchy (tree) Notes can have more than 1 parents - see cloning Rich WYSIWYG note editing including e.g.

    Free Open Source Windows Linux Self-Hosted

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  • 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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  • Synology Note Station

    Note Station allows your precious ideas to be synced from your own Synology NAS server device to all your computers and mobile devices with maximum privacy and security. Synology Note Station is a free add-on package for your Synology NAS server device. It provides a central, self-hosted notes server, with optional remote access from the internet. Notes can be accessed from the web interface or the free apps for iOS and Android, which provide local caching and off-line access.

    Free Mac Windows Web Android iPhone ... iPad Self-Hosted

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  • note space

    Note space is a program in which to keep your written thoughts This space has these characteristics: It presents a very visual organization on screen; notes are displayed as arrays of cards It's safe and secure; it runs on your own computer and not on the Internet It's completely personal; it's not for sharing anything with others It's restful and without clutter, with a minimalist design It's free, and open source too It runs on any desktop or laptop...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted

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  • Encryptic

    Encryptic is an open-source note-taking application heavily focused on encryption. When you start writing, no one will know what you write except for you. We don’t know and we don’t want to know. That’s between you and your work. By default, Encryptic stores notes using the database in your browser (such as indexedDB or localStorage). This means that no data is synced to the cloud without your permission.

    • A decent option for online-accressible notes with encryption. Uses tags and a notebook structure to organize notes, but otherwise is not altogether similar to Evernote. Markdown support and various text editor keybinding options instead of a typical WYSIWYG word processor interface. xlin8 days ago Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted

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  • Knowfox

    Knowfox is a personal knowledge management system with the following features * Hierarchies. Inspired by Dave Winer's Worldoutline and Fargo, knowledge bases can have a deep structure * Tags. Where a single hierarchy is not enough, tags can link common topics in the least intrusive way. * Typed relationships. Sometimes, hierarchies are too strict and tags are too loose. For example, there may be links from authors to books, founders to companies, cause to effect.

    Free Open Source Linux Web Self-Hosted

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  • Meemo

    Quickly filter and search for notes using categories based on hash tags. Additional full text search allows to find notes, even without tagging and never lose an idea again.

    Free Open Source Linux Web Self-Hosted Cloudron

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  • NotePost

    Stay Organized Color-code your notes and use the favorites feature to keep your thoughts together. Lists Keep track of your day by creating checklists. Existing notes can be converted into checklists with a single tap, and items can be marked as done with another tap. Across All Your Devices Your notes are available on everything, thanks to a fast and clean web version, an Android app, a cross-platform desktop app, and even a command-line Python client for Linux.

    Free Open Source Linux Android Self-Hosted

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  • Nextcloud Text

    📑 Collaborative document editing using Markdown. 📝 Focused writing: No distractions, only the formatting you need. 🙋 Work together: Share and collaborate with friends and colleagues, no matter if they use Nextcloud or not! 💾 Open format: Files are saved as Markdown, so you can edit them from any other text app too. ? Strong foundation: We use 🐈 tiptap which is based on 🦉 ProseMirror – huge thanks to them!

    Free Open Source Self-Hosted

  • Jotter

    Jotter is a lightweight, no database, powerful web notebook that lets you create and manage notes online safely, quickly & easily.

    Free Open Source Self-Hosted

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  • Forensic Notes

    Forensic Notes - Digital documents are easy to fabricate, lose or get hacked. Take you digital documentation into the 21st century with Forensic Notes. Secure. Private. Credible. Detectives / Investigators / Police Officers Court-verifiable documentation - Replicates paper notebooks used during criminal and civil investigations. Digital Forensic Examiners / Cybercrime / Incident Response Used for documenting investigations and responses to cybercrime threats.

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Web Windows Mobile ... Android iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted Microsoft Azure

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  • NotePlex

    NotePlex (by ClientEngage) is a fully-featured SaaS note-taking app. Roll your own SaaS platform, grow your userbase and start collecting advertising-revenues as your users multiply.

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