The best open source alternative to Milanote is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Standard Notes or Simplenote. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Milanote and loads of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Milanote are CherryTree (Free, Open Source), Zim (Free, Open Source), TagSpaces (Freemium, Open Source) and Trilium Notes (Free, Open Source).
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.
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Joplin vs Milanote opinions
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RCLeahcar Joplin is a Markdown linear note-taking app, more along the lines of Bear. Milanote is more like a visual note-taking whiteboard.
RedNotebook is a graphical diary and journal helping you keep track of notes and thoughts. It includes a calendar navigation, customizable templates, export functionality and word clouds. You can also format, tag and search your entries.