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Open Source Google Keep Alternatives

The best open source 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 Simplenote. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Google Keep and loads of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Google Keep are Turtl, Zim, Trilium Notes and Markor.

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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  1. Joplin icon

    Joplin

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    583 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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    Joplin vs Google Keep opinions
    Most users think Joplin is a great alternative to Google Keep.
    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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    Guest

    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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    xplosionmind

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

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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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    455 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  End-to-End EncryptionStandard Notes has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    2.  Privacy focusedStandard Notes is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    4.  Support for MarkDownStandard Notes supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    5.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsStandard Notes can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    6.  Works OfflineStandard Notes can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    7.  Encrypted BackupStandard Notes uses encryption algorithms to keep your files safe as well as prevent unauthorized access.
    8.  File VersioningStandard Notes has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    9.  LightweightStandard Notes consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    Free version.
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    Cross-platform sync and end-to-end privacy
    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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    Guest

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

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    Simplenote

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    396 alternatives to Simplenote 

    Made by the company behind WordPress, Simplenote enables users to take notes, lists, and ideas. These notes are stored on the cloud and are accessible across multiple devices.

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    1.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    2.  Support for MarkDownSimplenote supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    3.  File VersioningSimplenote has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    4.  Full-Text SearchSimplenote lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
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    Simplenote vs Google Keep opinions
    Most users think Simplenote is a great alternative to Google Keep.
    Guest

    Even simpler than Keep, WAY less laggy when you have a lot of notes though, better on desktop than Keep is, very easy to switch to

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    kelsonv

    A lot, well, simpler than Keep, plus it has cross-platform desktop apps to go along with the web and mobile apps. And if you trust Automattic more than you trust Google, that's a plus as well.

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    Guest

    Does not support pictures.

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    Guest

    because of the syncing option

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    Guest

    Cross platform sync and open source!

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  4. Turtl icon

    Turtl

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    166 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  End-to-End EncryptionTurtl has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    2.  Support for MarkDownTurtl supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    3.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    4.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Turtl simultaneously.
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    Turtl vs Google Keep opinions
    Most users think Turtl is a great alternative to Google Keep.
    JohnFastman

    Google Keep invades your privacy; it's one of Google's ways of harvesting your private data: you are the product. The answer is to use encrypted, trustworthy, open source apps. Turtl is such a project. Recent development has been slow, but it's the most similar (to Keep) end-to-end encrypted note-taking app. Protect your privacy!

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    This is a great safe note-taking app for quick transfer notes. There could be more features added but when I want to safely organize notes on one of my phones to be transferred to other phones or other pcs, or vice versa, this works. It only comes with 50MB storage but if it is just quick notes being stored, that is more than enough space. I only use the free version though. They would have to add a lot more features to make the program worth paying for.

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    Guest

    turtl has no web client access event though it's build upon npm/electron.. also has no android widget like google keep

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    Zim

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    294 alternatives to Zim 

    Zim brings the concept of a wiki to your desktop. Store information, link pages and edit with WYSISYG markup or directly typing some lightweight markup syntax and see it previewed as-you-type. Creating a new page is easy by either clicking on the "Create new note"...

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    1.  Works OfflineZim can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    2.  Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Zim.
    3.  WYSIWYG SupportZim integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    4.  PortableZim can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    5.  File VersioningZim has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    6.  LightweightZim consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Trilium Notes

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    354 alternatives to Trilium Notes 

    Trilium Notes is a hierarchical note taking application.

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    1.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    2.  End-to-End EncryptionTrilium Notes has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    3.  No TrackingTrilium Notes will not track you or use your personal data.
    4.  Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Trilium Notes.
    5.  Dark ModeTrilium Notes supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Markor

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    139 alternatives to Markor 

    Text editor - Notes, ToDo & Bookmarks. Markdown and todo.txt support.

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    1.  LightweightMarkor consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Support for MarkDownMarkor supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    3.  Handwritten NotesMarkor supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    4.  Code FormattingMarkor supports code formatting for multiple languages and code styles.
    5.  Ad-freeMarkor doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    6.  Syntax HighlightingMarkor supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    7.  Works OfflineMarkor can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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    Notebook PEA

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    249 alternatives to Notebook PEA 

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

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    1.  PortableNotebook PEA can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Privacy focusedNotebook PEA is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Notebook PEA vs Google Keep opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Notebook PEA is a great alternative to Google Keep.
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    Cryptee

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    448 alternatives to Cryptee 

    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.

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    1.  End-to-End EncryptionCryptee has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    2.  Privacy focusedCryptee is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  Support for MarkDownCryptee supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    Cryptee Photo Gallery / Albums
    Cryptee Photo Gallery / Albums
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    Org mode

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    269 alternatives to Org mode 

    Org mode is for keeping notes, maintaining TODO lists, planning projects, and authoring documents with a fast and effective plain-text system.

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