Open Source Joplin Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Joplin is Standard Notes, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Joplin and loads of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Joplin are Simplenote (Free, Open Source), CherryTree (Free, Open Source), Zim (Free, Open Source) and Zettlr (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 20, 2021

    1. 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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      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
      Positive comment 8 months ago

      RemovedUser Standard Notes is one of the best secured note application. It has also a good interface.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

    2. 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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      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.
      Unlike Joplin, this has a web-based version. The Android version is also very lightweight.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      santonosdor I can't even download this app in Android. It is the only one that shows an error in Play Store.
      Comment 3 months ago


    3. A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file.
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      CherryTree vs Joplin opinions
      Some users think CherryTree is a great alternative to Joplin, some don't.
      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.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

    4. 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.
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      Zim vs Joplin opinions
      Some users think Zim is a great alternative to Joplin, some don't.
      Zim is a desktop Wiki System and wiki editor, not a multifunction note taking and data synchronizing platform. Joplin and Zim may be complimentory in use and apear to have similar fuctions, but they serve very different purposes. It is like comparing a text editor (e.g. Emacs) to a word processor (MS Word). One can use either to write program code or a novel; however, it is best to match the tool to the job (i.e. a text ditor for the code and a word processor for the novel).
      Negative comment 10 months ago

      Horizon Joplin offers syncing functionality with other services (such as OwnCloud/Nextcliud) where as Zim only gives you access to the files so you can sync them.
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

    5. 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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    6. Mark Text is a Markdown editor for Mac, Windows and Linux. It is a concise text editor, dedicated to improving your editing efficiency.
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      Mark Text vs Joplin opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Mark Text is a markdown editor, not a notes enviroment
      Negative comment 11 months ago

    7. 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.


      The project doesn't seem to be actively developed anymore. Last updates was in 2019.

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      Turtl vs Joplin opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Turtl is a great alternative to Joplin.
      For those without access to their own server, this proves to be a reliable alternative, even though it has roughly the same or even fewer features.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

    8. Org-mode is for keeping notes, maintaining ToDo lists, doing project planning, and authoring with a fast and effective plain-text system.
    9. FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work.
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    10. 📝 Create notes and manage your to-do list using simple markup formats 🌲 Work completely offline - whenever, wherever 👌 Compatible with any other plaintext software on any platform – edit with notepad or vim, filter with grep, convert to PDF or create a...
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