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Open Source Joplin Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Joplin is Standard Notes. 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, Zettlr, CherryTree and Xournal++.

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. Standard Notes icon

    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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    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 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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    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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  4. CherryTree icon

    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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    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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    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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    Formatting options available
    Zim vs Joplin opinions
    Some users think Zim is a great alternative to Joplin, some don't.
    Guest

    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).

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    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.

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    Logseq

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    71 alternatives to Logseq 

    Logseq is a platform for knowledge sharing and management. It focuses on privacy, longevity, and user control. Notice: the backend code will be open-sourced as soon as we’re sure that the backend service meets the security standards.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownLogseq supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Works OfflineLogseq can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    3.  Dark ModeLogseq supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Trilium Notes

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    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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    Trilium Notes vs Joplin opinions
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    Guest

    Awesome note taking app with E2E encryption only bad thing is another Java/Electron application. Really hard on resources of older devices even if sync is off.

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    Turtl

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    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 Joplin opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Turtl is a great alternative to Joplin.
    Guest

    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.

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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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