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Open Source iA Writer Alternatives

The best open source alternative to iA Writer is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Zettlr or Mark Text. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to iA Writer and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to iA Writer are FocusWriter, ghostwriter, Dendron and QOwnNotes.

iA Writer 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 iA Writer.
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    Joplin

    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Mac
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    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
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    • Google Chrome
    • Termux
    • Firefox

    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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    FOSS and (most importantly!) works on ALL platforms. Ubuntu, Manjaro, iOS, Android, Windows, MacOS... it will sync effortless between them. Oh, and it's also E2EE which is mandatory for good security practices as far as I'm concerned. Thanks L.C. <3

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  2. 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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    iA Writer is for writing longer texts. Zettlr is for note taking.

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  3. Mark Text support CommonMark Spec and GitHub Flavored Markdown Spec. And it is a realtime preview eidtor, what you type is what you see finally.

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    Interface is great, and you can edit the font from the preferences.

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  4. FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work.

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    Most users think FocusWriter is a great alternative to iA Writer.
  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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    Foam

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted
    • Visual Studio Code

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

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    Athens

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    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.

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    Haroopad

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

    Discontinued

    The last update was in December 2018.

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