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Privacy focused Google Keep Alternatives

The best alternative to Google Keep is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Standard Notes or Notebook PEA. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Google Keep and 16 are so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting alternatives to Google Keep are Org mode, Cryptee, Dendron and Carnet.

Google Keep alternatives are mainly Note-taking Tools but may also be Todo List Managers or Task Management Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Google Keep.
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Google Keep is a service provided by Google which integrates note-taking and web surfing.

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  1. Joplin icon

    Joplin

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    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.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownJoplin supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionJoplin has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedJoplin is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Joplin.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineJoplin can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Joplin.
    ⚫︎ LightweightJoplin consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Joplin vs Google Keep opinions
    Most users think Joplin is a great alternative to Google Keep.
    xplosionmind

    It offers everything that Google Keeps offer, without any cost in terms of privacy and ads targeting

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    hirawatt

    Open Source, Cross-platform, Encryption, Sync with numerous cloud services, Markdown Support with WYSIWYG support...NOW what else do you need from a note editor.

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    Clean UI, open-source, synchronization with several platforms (Dropbox, Nextcloud, etc.), markdown, mermaid syntax, etc. One of the best note taking app.

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    08f20518

    It's open-source and self-hosted!

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    • Open source
    • Not locked to Google's cloud services, you can sync with Nextcloud, Dropbox etc. and even to the file system (As a network share, or (what I use because I don't own a server) Syncthing to sync between devices.)
    • Supports markdown, which I highly like.
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    Standard Notes

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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.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionStandard Notes has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedStandard Notes is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownStandard Notes supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsStandard Notes can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineStandard Notes can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ File VersioningStandard Notes has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableStandard Notes is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Standard Notes vs Google Keep opinions
    Most users think Standard Notes is a great alternative to Google Keep.
    3SDDd8g3

    SN is privacy focused and has a long-term vision

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    BarnMTB

    Standard Notes is like a notebook. You write things down and organize them with robust feature. Unlike Google Keep where you just post some sticky notes, usually shorter & less detailed info, onto one big board with basic tagging & barebones organization.

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    Raghavkrishna823

    this is the best at encrypting but it does'nt have check list but i use it all the time

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    Doesn't have basic functionalities such as checklists that make up some of the core functionality of Google Keep

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  3. Notebook PEA icon

    Notebook PEA

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    Protects your private notes with a password. Notebook PEA is a self-decrypting archive, that will never store unencrypted text on your disk.

    ⚫︎ PortableNotebook PEA can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedNotebook PEA is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Almost everyone thinks Notebook PEA is a great alternative to Google Keep.
  4. Org-mode is for keeping notes, maintaining ToDo lists, doing project planning, and authoring with a fast and effective plain-text system.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableOrg mode is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Task Time TrackingKeep a record of time spent on a task with Org mode.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsOrg mode can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedOrg mode is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ LightweightOrg mode consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Org mode.
    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceOrg mode either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    ⚫︎ PortableOrg mode can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Some users think Org mode is a great alternative to Google Keep, some don't.
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    Cryptee

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    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Cryptee is a safety and privacy focused, encrypted and cross-platform personal data storage service. You can write personal documents, notes, journals, store photos and all sorts of other files.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionCryptee has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedCryptee is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownCryptee supports MarkDown for document formatting.
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  6. Dendron icon

    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.

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

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Android
    • Self-Hosted

    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.

    ⚫︎ Dark ModeCarnet supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedCarnet is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    It's very similar to google keep, offering the same functionality and even importing notes from google keep (from linux), making the switch much easier

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    Crystale

    It has a great UI and it is Open Source.

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    Notesnook

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    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Notesnook is a simple and cross-platform private notes app that keeps your notes organized and synced on your phone, tablet and computer. Take notes, capture ideas, create to-do lists, keep a journal, write your assignments and manage projects, we have got you covered.

    ⚫︎ Works OfflineNotesnook can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownNotesnook supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedNotesnook is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeNotesnook supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionNotesnook has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
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  9. Amplenote allows you to take notes and link those notes to functional task and contacts lists for seamless project management. It supports integration with Google and Outlook calendars to schedule tasks and allows e-mail integration as well.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownAmplenote supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Amplenote simultaneously.
    ⚫︎ Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Amplenote.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineAmplenote can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Amplenote.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedAmplenote is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Two-factor AuthenticationAmplenote supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionAmplenote has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
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  10. 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.

    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Encryptic without registration.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownEncryptic supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedEncryptic is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineEncryptic can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Sync Across DevicesEncryptic can sync your data across devices like your phone, desktop and tablet
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingEncryptic supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeEncryptic supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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