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    Open Source Microsoft OneNote Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Microsoft OneNote is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Zim or Standard Notes. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Microsoft OneNote and loads of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Microsoft OneNote are CherryTree (Free, Open Source), Simplenote (Free, Open Source), Xournal++ (Free, Open Source) and Zettlr (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 4, 2022
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    1. Text editor - Notes, ToDo & Bookmarks. Markdown and todo.txt support.
      Markor vs Microsoft OneNote opinions
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      Open-source, feature-filled and uses open formats so it is future-proof. Actively updated with new features. A great app for notes, to-do lists and jotting down thoughts and ideas.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      zokris Markor is light, fast and uses Markdown text so your notes can be read on all devices. With OneNote you need the app to open your notes.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

    2. The ultimate replacement for spreadsheets, mind mappers, outliners, PIMs, text editors and small databases.

    3. 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.
      ghostwriter vs Microsoft OneNote opinions
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      zokris If you use multiple devices you need to install OneNote on each. With Ghostwriter it's just text files, any system can read those, portability = 100% !
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

    4. 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.
    5. Cryptee is a safety and privacy focused, encrypted and cross-platform personal data storage service. You can write personal documents, notes, journals, store photos and all sorts of other files.

    6. 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.
    7. Tomboy is a desktop note-taking application for Linux, Unix, Windows, and Mac OS X. Simple and easy to use, but with potential to help you organize the ideas and information you deal with every day.
    8. OpenBoard is a cross-platform (Linux / Windows / macOS) interactive whiteboard application. It is currently maintained by the Education Department (DIP) of the Canton of Geneva in Switzerland.
      OpenBoard vs Microsoft OneNote opinions
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      Mutaz_Abusaad The most important feature in OneNote, for me, is the "free-hand" writing feature on any PDF file. OpenBoard allows you to do so. It is also set up to take the whole screen with little distraction on it, so you can work and explain things to your students and collaborators.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

    9. A note taking application for KDE. Lots of features. This multi-purpose note-taking application helps you to:
      BasKet Note Pads vs Microsoft OneNote opinions
      Almost everyone thinks BasKet Note Pads is a great alternative to Microsoft OneNote.
      more or less the same functionality as one note. each notepad and each note can be tagged with colors and tags of relative importance, and icons. notepads can be sorted hierarcically, notepads can bepassword protected, and so on. you should visit its website and see.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

      It has essentially the same functionality as One Note. I was happy to find it offers password protection of the various baskets.
      Positive comment almost 7 years ago

      Most of the OneNote functionality
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

    10. Carnet is a complete and rich note taking app for Android and Linux that can be synced with NextCloud (selfhosted) or the official Carnet server.
      Carnet vs Microsoft OneNote opinions
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      Crystale It has a great UI and it is Open Source.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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