Microsoft OneNote Alternatives

    Microsoft OneNote is described as 'A digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information' and is one of the leading apps in the Office & Productivity category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Microsoft OneNote for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Android, the Web and iPhone. The best alternative is NoteLedge. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Joplin or Zim. Other great apps like Microsoft OneNote are Standard Notes (Freemium, Open Source), Notion (Freemium), CherryTree (Free, Open Source) and Evernote (Freemium).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Feb 23, 2021

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    • NoteLedge Cloud is the world's most versatile multimedia note-taking app that allows you to take notes, sketch your ideas, record audio and video, organize multimedia content, share and present your work.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Microsoft OneNote.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Windows S
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      hryan5369 With this app you can organize everything including your daily activity or special event.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago 2 users agree and 3 don't



    • An open source note taking and to-do application with synchronisation capabilities.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Microsoft OneNote.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Google Chrome
      • Termux
      • Firefox
      pretty and very clear user interface
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago 17 users agree and 5 don't

      dasonic Same structure as Onenote, supports images, looks modern. Doesn't have all the same features (like drawing on the screen) but also has its own unique features Onenote doesn't have. Also runs on Linux, which is the biggest plus for me.
      Positive comment 12 months ago 9 users agree

      Due to rising security concerns and increase of threats daily... Joplin is most secure
      Positive comment about 1 year ago 7 users agree and 3 don't

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    • A desktop personal wiki with inline preview as-you-type and lots of plugins.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Microsoft OneNote.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      LordMax Wonderful. Every file is a .txt file, so you're in total control.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago 18 users agree and 1 doesn't

      Zim is more like simplenote, or a desktop wiki. It is missing most of the functionality of onenote.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago 23 users agree and 8 don't

      GUI is pretty different, plus as mentioned by other people. Most functionality isn't the same. Also, looks like smth from the age of Win'98.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago 2 users agree and 2 don't

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    • 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.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Microsoft OneNote.
      • Freemium • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Chrome OS
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      Extremely feature-light. Does only the bare minimum to be considered a notes app, whereas OneNote does much more.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago 9 users agree and 5 don't

      Encrypted, very lightweight and not owned by Microsoft.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago 10 users agree and 9 don't

      The free version is only plain text editing - can't even paste images or use bold and italics. There simply aren't enough features in the free one to determine whether I like it enough to pay for premium.
      Negative comment 6 months ago 2 users agree

    • With so many tools, it's hard to keep everyone on the same page. Notion is a new tool that unifies them all.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Microsoft OneNote.
      • Freemium
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      raphaelaguiar Better visualization and flexible organization. Keeps your information in a multi-hierarchical wiki, not in notes,
      Positive comment over 3 years ago 3 users agree

      Biggest feature of Onenote is drawing & typing everywhere, which Notion doesn't support. Notion is good to store highly structured data, while Onenote is more like a digital paper.
      Negative comment 11 months ago 8 users agree and 3 don't

      rongmu Notion is aesthetic, powerful and highly flexible. You can mix different types of contents within one page. Markdown formatting for texts. Sub-pages for wiki-like or hierarchical organization. Databases for a of lot data; a database comes with multiple possible views and you can choose the one that best suits your data.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago 0 users agree and 1 doesn't

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    • A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Microsoft OneNote.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • PortableApps.com
      its not OneNote, but its as close as I´ve found on linux. This finally frees me from Windows. Just started using it, but already i can see it will do. Now if only it accepts photos, voice clips, videos and webpages I can call it a day!
      Positive comment about 4 years ago 9 users agree

      hierarchical Nodes and Subnode with icons, quick tool bar, simple as well rich text format, import export option, extremely light weight set up, easy backup, adjustable font size with mouse button, complete set of editting tools, customizable lay out, stable, supports text upto million of words, word count, password protected, multiple data basis, free and easy to use.
      Positive comment 10 months ago 2 users agree

      Doesn't have detailed sorting like a notebook or various notebooks
      Negative comment about 1 year ago 3 users agree and 3 don't

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    • Evernote is a cross-platform, freemium app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving.
      This alternative is disputed. It's still a legitimate alternative, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • Freemium
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Blackberry
      • Windows S
      • Android Tablet
      • Windows Phone
      • iPad
      • Apple Watch
      • Android Wear
      • Kindle Fire
      • Pebble
      It is far and away lacking many features of onenote, most noticeably the ability to have sections and subsections of notes in binders. Making it not good for keeping ORGANIZED notes.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago 81 users agree and 24 don't

      Evernote can't be used to draw with the stylus
      Negative comment over 4 years ago 42 users agree and 17 don't

      The possibility of inserting sections is missing.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago 18 users agree and 6 don't

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    • Made by the company behind WordPress, Simplenote enables users to take notes, lists, and ideas.
      This alternative is disputed. It's still a legitimate alternative, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Kindle Fire
      It doesnt feature writing with a pen on screen. (Wacom etc.)
      Negative comment over 3 years ago 37 users agree and 6 don't

      jhensley You can't embed images or clip from the web. Deal breaker.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago 25 users agree and 5 don't

      Simplenote is great for super simple plaintext notetaking but it only has one feature in common with OneNote which is syncing. Not an alternative
      Negative comment about 3 years ago 20 users agree and 3 don't

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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.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Microsoft OneNote.
      • Freemium • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      • Self-Hosted
      • Google Chrome
      • Firefox
      Encryption, zero-knowledge encryption.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago 3 users agree and 1 doesn't