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Joplin is described as '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' and is a leading Note-taking tool in the office & productivity category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Joplin for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is Obsidian. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Standard Notes or Microsoft OneNote. Other great apps like Joplin are Google Keep, Simplenote, Evernote and Zettlr.

Joplin 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 Joplin.
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  1. Obsidian icon

    Obsidian

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    144 alternatives to Obsidian 

    Powerful knowledge base that works on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownObsidian supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Works OfflineObsidian can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    3.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Obsidian without registration.
    4.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsObsidian can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    5.  Dark ModeObsidian supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    6.  No TrackingObsidian will not track you or use your personal data.
    7.  Support for LaTeXObsidian supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    8.  Kanban BoardObsidian allows you to organize your workflow by moving cards with drag-and-drop functionality between multiple columns.
    9.  PortableObsidian can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    ako

    The free plan doesn't include synchronisation.

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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.
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    Standard Notes vs Joplin opinions
    Some users think Standard Notes is a great alternative to Joplin, some don't.
    jimo

    Pros: Standard Notes is more secure and works without needing to setup nothing.

    Cons: Doesn't support Markdown or someway to make complex formatting

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    ztdzyvhb

    It’s a lot more simple and easy to use. The security is better than Joplin thanks to on-device storage encryption.

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    RemovedUser

    Standard Notes is one of the best secured note application. It has also a good interface.

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  3. Microsoft OneNote icon

    Microsoft OneNote

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    465 alternatives to Microsoft OneNote 

    Microsoft OneNote, part of the Microsoft Office Suite, is a digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information. It also offers shared notebooks, syncing between multiple computers and devices via Windows...

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    1.  Handwritten NotesMicrosoft OneNote supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    2.  Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Microsoft OneNote.
    3.  Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Microsoft OneNote.
    4.  Works OfflineMicrosoft OneNote can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    5.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    6.  Pressure SensitivityMicrosoft OneNote can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    7.  Dark ModeMicrosoft OneNote supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    8.  SubtasksMicrosoft OneNote allows you to create and manage tasks inside of a parent-main task.
    9.  WYSIWYG SupportMicrosoft OneNote integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
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    This alternative is disputed. Microsoft OneNote is still a legitimate alternative to Joplin, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    Google Keep

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    324 alternatives to Google Keep 

    Google Keep has several features including color coding notes, inserting images, creating lists, geo-fencing, shareable notes, and search by color.

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    1.  Works OfflineGoogle Keep can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    2.  Handwritten NotesGoogle Keep supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    3.  Dark ModeGoogle Keep supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    4.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    5.  RemindersGoogle Keep allows you to set reminders for tasks, events or actions, based on parameters of time, place or condition.
    6.  Sync with Google CalendarGoogle Keep can be synchronized with Google Calendar
    7.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Google Keep simultaneously.
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    This alternative is disputed. Google Keep is still a legitimate alternative to Joplin, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    Guest

    It's not open source and secure

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    sharemind

    The notes are not End to end encrypted

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    Simplenote

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    397 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 Joplin opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Simplenote is still a legitimate alternative to Joplin, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    Guest

    Unlike Joplin, this has a web-based version. The Android version is also very lightweight.

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    santonosdor

    I can't even download this app in Android. It is the only one that shows an error in Play Store.

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    Evernote

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    543 alternatives to Evernote 

    Evernote is a cross-platform, freemium app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving.

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    1.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    2.  Works OfflineEvernote can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    3.  Support for MarkDownEvernote supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    4.  OCRExtract the text from a screen capture or file and paste it into another document for edits.
    5.  Dark ModeEvernote supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    6.  Calendar IntegrationEvernote lets you sync your tasks and events with your calendar application.
    7.  Recurring TasksEvernote supports scheduling a task to recur at any frequency, such as daily or weekly.
    8.  PDF annotationEvernote support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    9.  Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Evernote.
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    Evernote vs Joplin opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Evernote is still a legitimate alternative to Joplin, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    sharemind

    The notes are not End to end encrypted

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    Zettlr

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    116 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.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    5.  Dark ModeZettlr supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    6.  LightweightZettlr consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    7.  Pomodoro TimerPractice the Pomodoro Technique in Zettlr to stay focused and productive.
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    Xournal++

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    32 alternatives to Xournal++ 

    Xournal++ (a fork of Xournal) is a handwriting Notetaking software with PDF annotation support. Written in C++ with plattform independent GTK, supporting Linux, e.g. Ubuntu, Debian, Arch, Suse, macOS and Windows 10. Supports Pen input like Wacom Tablets.

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    1.  Handwritten NotesXournal++ supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    2.  PDF annotationXournal++ support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    3.  Works OfflineXournal++ can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    4.  Pressure SensitivityXournal++ can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    5.  Support for LaTeXXournal++ supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    6.  Ad-freeXournal++ doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    CherryTree

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    492 alternatives to CherryTree 

    A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file.

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    1.  Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with CherryTree.
    2.  Syntax HighlightingCherryTree supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    3.  Support for MarkDownCherryTree supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    4.  Code FormattingCherryTree supports code formatting for multiple languages and code styles.
    5.  PortableCherryTree can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    CherryTree vs Joplin opinions
    Some users think CherryTree is a great alternative to Joplin, some don't.
    Farrukh

    it does not support MarkDown as so cannot be compared to Joplin. However, it has its own good features.

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    andgregorik

    CherryTree has more elaborate hierarchy features and less elaborate to-do features. It is not into cloud-based cross-platform syncing, but makes it up with having a very natural feel on a desktop.

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    NoteLedge

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    354 alternatives to NoteLedge 

    Capture inspiration from Pinterest, YouTube or web pages, organize ideas in one place and add your notes. Make mood boards or quick sketches to visualize and present ideas!.

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    1.  Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with NoteLedge.
    2.  PortableNoteLedge can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    3.  Handwritten NotesNoteLedge supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    4.  Video ImportYou can import external video material into NoteLedge.
    5.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    NoteLedge vs Joplin opinions
    Almost everyone thinks NoteLedge is a great alternative to Joplin.
    daynabarber3

    By a mile ahead of Joplin in terms of performance and functional opportunities.

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