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FocusWriter Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to FocusWriter for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Joplin, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to FocusWriter and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to FocusWriter are Zettlr, Dendron, ghostwriter and QOwnNotes.

FocusWriter alternatives are mainly Note-taking Tools but may also be Text Editors or Todo List Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of FocusWriter.
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  1. Joplin icon

    Joplin

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Google Chrome
    • Flathub
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • Termux
    • Firefox
    588 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownJoplin supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    3.  End-to-End EncryptionJoplin has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    4.  Privacy focusedJoplin is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    5.  Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Joplin.
    6.  Works OfflineJoplin can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    7.  Ad-freeJoplin doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    8.  Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Joplin.
    9.  LightweightJoplin consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Guest

    seems to be very specifically for use as a daily planner of sourts; complete opposite of what I need, which is a text editor/word processor(hopefully with a couple of extra tools for story planning)

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    Zettlr

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    117 alternatives to Zettlr 

    Zettlr is a supercharged markdown editor that combines many writing editor features and collect them in one application. It aims at speeding up your workflow and help you write without any interruptions.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownZettlr supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  File TaggingZettlr can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    3.  Live PreviewInstantly see what your files and documents look like as you create them.
    4.  Dark ModeZettlr supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    5.  LightweightZettlr consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    6.  Pomodoro TimerPractice the Pomodoro Technique in Zettlr to stay focused and productive.
    7.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    The Berlin Theme (dark mode)
    The Berlin Theme (light mode)
    The Bielefeld Theme (dark mode)
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    liricospina

    This program does not work in any other version of Mac OS but the very latest, which by all accounts is still to be avoided. (Apparently. working remotely has made the macsters overzealously productive in an attempt to remain useful and banish boredom, at mac users' expense.)

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    Dendron

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • Visual Studio Code
    214 alternatives to Dendron 

    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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    1.  Support for MarkDownDendron supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Dendron.
    3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsDendron can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    4.  Privacy focusedDendron is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    ghostwriter

    • Windows
    • Linux
    124 alternatives to ghostwriter 

    No excuses. No distractions. Just write. ghostwriter is a feature-rich text editor using Markdown syntax which makes it suitable for note-taking, document redaction, simple HTML website creation and much more.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownghostwriter supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Dark Modeghostwriter supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    3.  Lightweightghostwriter consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  Portableghostwriter can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    5.  Live PreviewInstantly see what your files and documents look like as you create them.
    6.  Spell Checkingghostwriter can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    7.  Syntax Highlightingghostwriter supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
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    Most users think ghostwriter is a great alternative to FocusWriter.
    javillalba
    • Full screen distraction-free.
    • Open Source license.
    • Word count and progress stats.
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    Krakra

    very nice tool - i like it much more than Write and use it as alternative to it.

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    QOwnNotes

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Qt
    • PortableApps.com
    203 alternatives to QOwnNotes 

    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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    Athens

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    73 alternatives to Athens 

    The problem with notetaking apps like Evernote or Apple Notes is that once you write a note, after a week you never look at it again. Without any organization, you're stuck praying that search will work for your future self.

    Discontinued

    Athens is no longer being maintained: https://twitter.com/tangjeff0/status/1591139758457389056

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    Carnet

    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • Self-Hosted
    84 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  WYSIWYG SupportCarnet integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    2.  Dark ModeCarnet supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    3.  Privacy focusedCarnet is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Crystale

    It has a great UI and it is Open Source.

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    Haroopad

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    105 alternatives to Haroopad 

    Haroopad is a markdown enabled document processor for creating web-friendly documents. You can author various formats of documents such as blog article, slide, presentation, report, and e-mail as if experts did.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownHaroopad supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    Discontinued

    The last update was in December 2018.

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    Rentry.co

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Console
    • Terminal
    177 alternatives to Rentry.co 

    Rentry.co is a markdown pastebin and publishing service with preview, custom urls and editing. Fast, simple and free.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownRentry.co supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Live PreviewInstantly see what your files and documents look like as you create them.
    3.  Command line interfaceRentry.co either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    4.  LightweightRentry.co consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    Live markdown syntax highlighting
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    novelWriter

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Qt
    36 alternatives to novelWriter 

    novelWriter is a Markdown-like text editor designed for writing novels and larger projects of many smaller plain text documents. It uses its own flavor of Markdown that supports a meta data syntax for comments, synopsis and cross-referencing between files.

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    1.  Dark ModenovelWriter supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    2.  Support for MarkDownnovelWriter supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    3.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in novelWriter without registration.
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