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Microsoft OneNote Alternatives for Linux

Microsoft OneNote is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative 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 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Microsoft OneNote are Obsidian, CherryTree, Simplenote and Xournal++.

Microsoft OneNote 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 Microsoft OneNote.
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  1. Joplin icon

    Joplin

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    Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownJoplin supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionJoplin has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedJoplin is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Joplin.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineJoplin can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeJoplin doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Joplin.
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    thepisu

    It's simple enough when you need to write small notes or to-do quickly, with a clean interface, but it's also powerful with cloud sync, cross platform (Linux included), and support formatting, images and attachments.

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    Your data is YOUR data. I'm able to keep my data on my own Nextcloud server. Not on Microsoft OneDrive. And, it can be encrypted as well (mine is).

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    martinligabue

    it doesn't have pen input support

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    ThunderFox

    Onenote allows you to write or draw wherever you want on the screen while Joplin is limited. It makes sense, as Joplin stores everything in plain markdown documents, but it's something severely lacking in all of the Onenote alternatives I've seen.

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    RemovedUser

    Joplin doesn't allow files to be attached, it doesn't support colors, and you have to learn a special programming language to use it.

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    naxawo7733

    it is a markdown editor with integrated sync for nextcloud

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    You Fan usw it on Linux. Persona who search for Open Source appriciate that very much.

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  2. Powerful knowledge base that works on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownObsidian supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineObsidian can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Obsidian without registration.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsObsidian can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeObsidian supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingObsidian will not track or use your personal data.
    ⚫︎ Calendar ViewObsidian has a built-in calendar view to have a clear overview of your content over time.
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  3. 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.

    ⚫︎ Works OfflineZim can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Zim.
    ⚫︎ PortableZim can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ File VersioningZim has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    ⚫︎ LightweightZim consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    LordMax

    Wonderful. Every file is a .txt file, so you're in total control.

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    Local, Wysiwyg, drag and drop, Quicknote, Webcite-function.

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    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.

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    k71

    It´s like Windows Notepad, but you can make trees of notes (subnotes), it´s easy, quick, and recognize links to show them as links. Not synchronized between devices. Local, No stored in the web. No password needed.

    I like it, but stop using it as I started using OneNote for almost everything.

    Apps I´ve tried and in order of preference: onenote, cinta notes, evernote, zim, standard notes, Simple notes, turtl, joplin, elephant.

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    impishwhite

    I like Zim as it stores information in an open source and flat file format directly using the computer file system. So you can the software as a kind of file explorer with the difference that you have a note associated with each folder of your computer. From my point of view, it is really structuring my numeric environment. After discovering it, I would not return to OneNote and other kinds of note taking apps I tried.

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    Zim is essentially a desktop wiki. Searching of notes is great and there are lots of plugins, e.g. you can have latex equations included, R-plots, gnuplots, along with pictures etc.; syncing is via cloud storage such as dropbox. It is available across platforms but as a linux desktop user I find it particular useful.

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    Zim is more like simplenote, or a desktop wiki. It is missing most of the functionality of onenote.

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  4. Standard Notes icon

    Standard Notes

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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.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionStandard Notes has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedStandard Notes is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownStandard Notes supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsStandard Notes can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineStandard Notes can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Encrypted BackupStandard Notes uses encryption algorithms to keep your files safe as well as prevent unauthorized access.
    ⚫︎ File VersioningStandard Notes has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
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    Standard Notes vs Microsoft OneNote opinions
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    Encrypted, very lightweight and not owned by Microsoft.

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    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.

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    k71

    Good for those options to store online or sync between devices. Devices: Windows app, web-browser, android app...

    I prefer this one than SimpleNote, in any case, to share between devices nowadays i recommend telegram or protectedtext. For text, Onenote. I didnt like turtl, joplin or elephant.

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    Anipe

    Very, VERY BASIC, its open source and free but its basic and the features it offers are paid compared to one note's free model

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    Don't have sections or pages, just notes.

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    Extremely feature-light. Does only the bare minimum to be considered a notes app, whereas OneNote does much more.

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    OneNote is way more powerful

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  5. A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file.

    ⚫︎ Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with CherryTree.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableCherryTree is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingCherryTree supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownCherryTree supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Code FormattingCherryTree supports code formatting for multiple languages and code styles.
    ⚫︎ PortableCherryTree can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    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!

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    Powerfull and SQLite3 database based, excellent.

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    yee42069

    Does not have pen support

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    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.

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    Doesn't have detailed sorting like a notebook or various notebooks

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    The hierarchy is fantastic!

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    It is more like Simple Note which is bare bones & not comparable to OneNote. No dragable containers, no ocr or voice recording. Also lacks sync.

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  6. 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.

    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownSimplenote supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ File VersioningSimplenote has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    ⚫︎ Full-Text SearchSimplenote lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
    ⚫︎ Sync Across DevicesSimplenote can sync your data across devices like your phone, desktop and tablet
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    It doesnt feature writing with a pen on screen. (Wacom etc.)

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    It is more akin to Apple's iNotes, albeit a little less feature rich (No sketches, folders, etc.). In terms of functionality, Simplenote and iNotes is not a viable alternative to OneNote.

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    Simplenote is more similar to Notepad than Onenote. It's basically a plain text editor that lets you store your notes online. Some of the very basic features of OneNote can be approximated, such as inclusion of images, links and text formatting, but it requires learning markdown, which is extremely cumbersome to use and time consuming to learn. Simplenote has only rudimentary organization and search features. Better than Notepad. Not even close to Outlook.

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    No support for web clippings. No separation of Notebooks. Really not like OneNote at all

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    Not even the same category

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    No drawing, no hand writing.

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    Simplenote is great for super simple plaintext notetaking but it only has one feature in common with OneNote which is syncing. Not an alternative

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  7. 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.

    ⚫︎ Handwritten NotesXournal++ supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    ⚫︎ PDF annotationXournal++ support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineXournal++ can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Pressure SensitivityXournal++ can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXXournal++ supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeXournal++ doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    Almost everyone thinks Xournal++ is a great alternative to Microsoft OneNote.
    violoncello

    With Xournal++ you own your notes and can save them wherever you want - you are not forced to store them somewhere in the cloud as it's the case with OneNote

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    Nearly similar interface. Lightweight, open source with latex support and voice notes. Flexible layout which was missing in xournal.

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    In the version available for Chromebooks, the option for typed text is not working.

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    BachoSeven

    Cross-platform and well supporting stylus pens, Xournalpp implements most if not all funcionalities of OneNote, including recording audio alongside pen strokes. Plus, it's free and open source!

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    komp12321

    It is full open source, Supports handwriting (stylus) Allows to create annotations on PDF-s (OneNote doesn't)

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    Very similar to OneNote, has pretty much all the same features. Plus Cross-Platform and has LaTeX support.

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    works great on linux, and has stylus support

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  8. 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.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownZettlr supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ File TaggingZettlr can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    ⚫︎ Live PreviewInstantly see what your files and documents look like as you create them.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeZettlr supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Pomodoro TimerPractice the Pomodoro Technique in Zettlr to stay focused and productive.
    ⚫︎ LightweightZettlr consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    The Berlin Theme (dark mode)
  9. Google Keep icon

    Google Keep

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    Google Keep is a service provided by Google which integrates note-taking and web surfing.

    ⚫︎ Works OfflineGoogle Keep can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Handwritten NotesGoogle Keep supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeGoogle Keep supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Sync with Google CalendarGoogle Keep can be synchronized with Google Calendar
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Google Keep simultaneously.
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    I love Keep, but it's not anywhere near as detailed as OneNote. Keep is basically for making sticky notes, which is helpful, but OneNote has way more features. I know a lot of students, as well as myself, who use OneNote for taking school notes. You can draw, add tags to notes, and add formattings, such as fonts, colors, bullets, and number lists. You can even draw on top of things you type. You can't any of that in Google Keep.

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    Far more basic than OneNote and not a comparable alternative

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    Keep is like sticky notes which is completely different from Onenote

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    It's too lightweight and lacks many features compared to OneNote.

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    Keep is a sticker board while OneNote is a full notebook.

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    It lacks too many options compared to onenote. Keep is much more simpler.

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    Google Keep is basically a digital sticky note application the syncs to your google account

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  10. Turtl icon

    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.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionTurtl has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownTurtl supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Turtl simultaneously.
    ⚫︎ Sync Across DevicesTurtl can sync your data across devices like your phone, desktop and tablet
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    Turtl vs Microsoft OneNote opinions
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    k71

    Windows app. Visually it´s nice, but its movement between "folders" is not intuitive or i didnt like it. I didnt like it that we have to be online to access to it. I didnt like the option to introduce password everytime to access (i dont know if there is the option to remove it). In this case i´d prefer Standardnotes or Simplenote.

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    Encryption, zero-knowledge encryption.

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