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Free Notion Alternatives

The best free alternative to Notion is Obsidian. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Standard Notes or Microsoft OneNote. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Notion and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Notion are Evernote, CherryTree, Zettlr and TiddlyWiki.

Notion alternatives are mainly Note-taking Tools but may also be Task Management Tools or Todo List Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Notion.
This page was last updated Jun 29, 2022
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  1. Powerful knowledge base that works on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files.

    Obsidian vs Notion opinions
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    LordMax

    The first thing it's the possibility to work offline. It's opensource and free and it can be used in portable mode.

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    miguelgarza

    Because it's based on Markdown files, it's so much faster. It has its own syntax too, that prioritizes linking files/ideas easily, similar to Notion. Also, it has a super-easy plugin system for extending it if that's your jam.

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    nkh

    Obsidian is not an alternative, per se, but it is a really great complement to Notion, because it works well to view Notion exports. (It is kind of like using Notion with local storage. Or at least a workable solution while you are waiting for AnyType.io to get out of alpha/beta.)

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  2. 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.

    Standard Notes vs Notion opinions
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    LordMax

    It's a really good note app but not similar to notion

    Negative comment about 1 year ago
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  3. Microsoft OneNote, part of the Microsoft Office Suite, is a digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information.

    Most users think Microsoft OneNote is a great alternative to Notion.
  4. Evernote

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    Evernote is a cross-platform, freemium app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving.

    Evernote vs Notion opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Evernote is still a legitimate alternative to Notion, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    Notion does databases and so much more that Evernote cannot.

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    Evernote is a flexible notetaking solution with applications for all major platforms, including mobile devices.

    Positive comment about 2 years ago
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    mayalan

    it's super customizable. You can do almost anything

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    striblingthurmangroup

    User-friendly Is a Must! Evernote has folders and I can preview my notes before 'opening' them, so to speak. The clean white background with the Green logo makes for a nice visual. An alternative to Notion? It well may be. I think Evernote looks better when sharing notes/lists/to-do-lists. That clean background, logo and all, shows up in the recipient's email.

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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.

    CherryTree vs Notion opinions
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    MaxRenn

    It's just a hierarchical note taking app. Not as powerful as Notion.

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    LordMax

    It's really good, free, portable etc The proble is the proprietary file system and it doens't work online

    Positive comment about 1 year ago
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  6. 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.

    Zettlr vs Notion opinions
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    MaxRenn

    Great note-taking app. Good for knowledge management. But too far from Notion.

    Negative comment 3 months ago
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    LordMax

    wonderfull system but only offline

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  7. TiddlyWiki is a single html file with all the characteristics of a wiki - including all of the functionality (including editing, saving, tagging and searching) and the style sheet.

    Almost everyone thinks TiddlyWiki is a great alternative to Notion.
  8. Capture inspiration from Pinterest, YouTube or web pages, organize ideas in one place and add your notes. Make mood boards or quick sketches to visualize and present ideas!.

    Almost everyone thinks NoteLedge is a great alternative to Notion.
  9. 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.

    Zim vs Notion opinions
    Most users think Zim is a great alternative to Notion.
    LordMax

    really good but only for linux, in windows it's too limited

    Positive comment about 1 year ago
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  10. An award-winning cloud-based Project Management software aims to help collaborative teams organize and manage from small enterprise projects to large-scale initiatives.

    Quire vs Notion opinions
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    johnnyasantoss

    You can create databases and also hierarchical documents just like on Notion, the only difference is that Quire is that 'everything is a task' different from the 'everything is a page' model from Notion.

    Positive comment 7 months ago
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    andylau90

    Clean UI, easy to to use.

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    Clean design, more intuitive experiences, powerful features yet still help you get things done without a huge learning curve.

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