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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. OpenNote was built to be an open web based alternative to Microsoft OneNote and Evernote .
      OpenNote vs Microsoft OneNote opinions
      Some users think OpenNote is a great alternative to Microsoft OneNote, some don't.
      No ability to paste in images. But it's a good start.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

    2. A Vim-inspired note-taking application that knows programmers and Markdown better.

    3. wikidPad is a Wiki-like notebook for storing your thoughts, ideas, todo lists, contacts, or anything else you can think of to write down. What makes wikidPad different from other notepad applications is the ease with which you can cross-link your information.


      Last update was in November 2018, and various links are dead on their website.

      Some users think wikidPad is a great alternative to Microsoft OneNote, some don't.
    4. AppFlowy is an open source alternative to Notion. You are in charge of your data and customizations.
    5. Foam is a personal knowledge management and sharing system inspired by Roam Research, built on Visual Studio Code and GitHub.

    6. Xournal is an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus. It is free software (GNU GPL) and runs on Linux (recent distributions), Windows and other GTK+/Gnome platforms.


      It hasn't been updated since 2017, but there is an active fork Xournal++

      xournal vs Microsoft OneNote opinions
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      Easy to add any annotation onto PDF...
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

    7. nvALT is a fork of the original Notational Velocity with some additional features and interface modifications by Brett Terpstra and ElasticThreads.
    8. Note taking open-source application aimed to have both a simple interface but keeping smart behavior.
    9. The problem with notetaking apps like Evernote or Apple Notes is that once you write a note, after a week you never look at it again. Without any organization, you're stuck praying that search will work for your future self.
    10. Org-roam is a Roam replica built around the all-powerful Org-mode.
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