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Self-Hosted Google Keep Alternatives

Google Keep is not available as a self-hosted solution but there are plenty of alternatives for power users and business that want to host a solution on-premise. The best Self-Hosted alternative is Joplin, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Google Keep and many of them are available as a self-hosted solution so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Self-Hosted alternatives to Google Keep are Standard Notes, Turtl, Trilium Notes and Dendron.

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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    589 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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    463 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, iOS, Android, Linux, Windows, MacOS, 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.  Ad-freeStandard Notes doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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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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    Guest

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

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    Turtl

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    172 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.  Privacy focusedTurtl is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    4.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    5.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Turtl simultaneously.
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    The last update is from 2019.

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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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    Guest

    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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  4. Trilium Notes icon

    Trilium Notes

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    356 alternatives to Trilium Notes 

    Trilium Notes is a hierarchical note taking application.

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

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    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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    Foam

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    283 alternatives to Foam 

    Foam is a personal knowledge management and sharing system inspired by Roam Research, built on Visual Studio Code and GitHub.

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    Laverna

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    Laverna is a JavaScript note taking application with Markdown editor and encryption support. Consider it like open source alternative to Evernote.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownLaverna supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    3.  WYSIWYG SupportLaverna integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    4.  Works OfflineLaverna can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    5.  Support for LaTeXLaverna supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    6.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Laverna without registration.
    7.  Syntax HighlightingLaverna supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    Discontinued

    The project is dead: the developer had issues with synchronization and multiple devices, so he decided to focus on other projects. Some users on GitHub forked the project and created a new app named Encryptic icon Encryptic.

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    Laverna vs Google Keep opinions
    Some users think Laverna is a great alternative to Google Keep, some don't.
    Guest

    More neat. Supports markdown.

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    Carnet

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    85 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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    Guest

    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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    Nextcloud Notes

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    107 alternatives to Nextcloud Notes 

    The Notes app is a distraction free notes taking app. It provides categories for better organization and supports formatting using Markdown syntax. Notes are saved as files in your Nextcloud, so you can view and edit them with every .

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    1.  Support for MarkDownNextcloud Notes supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    GitJournal

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    283 alternatives to GitJournal 

    Manage your Notes from any Git Repo.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownGitJournal supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Works OfflineGitJournal can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    3.  Git SupportGitJournal supports Git, a free and open source distributed version control system.
    4.  Command line interfaceGitJournal either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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