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Open Source Notion Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Notion is Standard Notes. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Notion and loads of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Notion are Zettlr, CherryTree, TiddlyWiki and Zim.

Notion 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 Notion.
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  1. Standard Notes icon

    Standard Notes

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    • Chrome OS
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    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    447 alternatives to Standard Notes 

    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.

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    1.  End-to-End EncryptionStandard Notes has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    2.  Privacy focusedStandard Notes is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    4.  Support for MarkDownStandard Notes supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    5.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsStandard Notes can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    6.  Works OfflineStandard Notes can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    7.  Encrypted BackupStandard Notes uses encryption algorithms to keep your files safe as well as prevent unauthorized access.
    8.  File VersioningStandard Notes has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    9.  LightweightStandard Notes consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    Free version.
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    Cross-platform sync and end-to-end privacy
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    LordMax

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

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    Good for notes, fantastic for spreadsheets, but Notion is still superior for table content.

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  2. Zettlr icon

    Zettlr

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    116 alternatives to Zettlr 

    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.

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

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

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    LordMax

    wonderfull system but only offline

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    CherryTree

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    485 alternatives to CherryTree 

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

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    1.  Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with CherryTree.
    2.  Syntax HighlightingCherryTree supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    3.  Support for MarkDownCherryTree supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    4.  Code FormattingCherryTree supports code formatting for multiple languages and code styles.
    5.  PortableCherryTree can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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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

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  4. TiddlyWiki icon

    TiddlyWiki

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    • Xfce
    • RemoteStorage
    134 alternatives to TiddlyWiki 

    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. Because its a single file, its very portable - you can email it, put it on a web server or share...

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    1.  Support for MarkDownTiddlyWiki supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  PortableTiddlyWiki can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    TiddlyWiki vs Notion opinions
    Almost everyone thinks TiddlyWiki is a great alternative to Notion.
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    Zim

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    295 alternatives to Zim 

    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. Creating a new page is easy by either clicking on the "Create new note"...

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    1.  Works OfflineZim can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    2.  Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Zim.
    3.  WYSIWYG SupportZim integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    4.  PortableZim can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    5.  File VersioningZim has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    6.  LightweightZim consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    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

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    Super Productivity

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    111 alternatives to Super Productivity 

    This is a ToDo List / Time Tracker / Personal Jira Task Manager for Linux, MacOS and Windows to make you work super productively.

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    1.  Task Time TrackingKeep a record of time spent on a task with Super Productivity.
    2.  Works OfflineSuper Productivity can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    3.  Pomodoro TimerPractice the Pomodoro Technique in Super Productivity to stay focused and productive.
    4.  Privacy focusedSuper Productivity is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    5.  LightweightSuper Productivity consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    6.  Support for MarkDownSuper Productivity supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    7.  No TrackingSuper Productivity will not track you or use your personal data.
    8.  Dark ModeSuper Productivity supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    9.  Recurring TasksSuper Productivity supports scheduling a task to recur at any frequency, such as daily or weekly.
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    Logseq

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    • Self-Hosted
    71 alternatives to Logseq 

    Logseq is a platform for knowledge sharing and management. It focuses on privacy, longevity, and user control. Notice: the backend code will be open-sourced as soon as we’re sure that the backend service meets the security standards.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownLogseq supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Works OfflineLogseq can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    3.  Dark ModeLogseq supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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  8. Trilium Notes icon

    Trilium Notes

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    • Google Chrome
    • Cloudron
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    349 alternatives to Trilium Notes 

    Trilium Notes is a hierarchical note taking application.

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    1.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    2.  End-to-End EncryptionTrilium Notes has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    3.  Dark ModeTrilium Notes supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    4.  Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Trilium Notes.
    5.  No TrackingTrilium Notes will not track you or use your personal data.
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    TagSpaces

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    127 alternatives to TagSpaces 

    TagSpaces is an offline, open source, document manager with tagging support.

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    1.  File TaggingTagSpaces can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    2.  Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with TagSpaces.
    3.  Support for MarkDownTagSpaces supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    Cross-platform file tagging and file finding
    Great for note taking
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    Markor

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    • F-Droid
    139 alternatives to Markor 

    Text editor - Notes, ToDo & Bookmarks. Markdown and todo.txt support.

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    1.  LightweightMarkor consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Support for MarkDownMarkor supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    3.  Handwritten NotesMarkor supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    4.  Code FormattingMarkor supports code formatting for multiple languages and code styles.
    5.  Ad-freeMarkor doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    6.  Syntax HighlightingMarkor supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    7.  Works OfflineMarkor can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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