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nvALT Alternatives for Linux

nvALT is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Obsidian. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Standard Notes or Google Keep. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to nvALT and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to nvALT are Joplin, Typora, Zettlr and CherryTree.

nvALT alternatives are mainly Note-taking Tools but may also be Todo List Managers or Text Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of nvALT.
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  1. Obsidian icon

    Obsidian

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    144 alternatives to Obsidian 

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

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    1.  Support for MarkDownObsidian supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Works OfflineObsidian can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    3.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Obsidian without registration.
    4.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsObsidian can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    5.  Dark ModeObsidian supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    6.  No TrackingObsidian will not track you or use your personal data.
    7.  Support for LaTeXObsidian supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    8.  Kanban BoardObsidian allows you to organize your workflow by moving cards with drag-and-drop functionality between multiple columns.
    9.  PortableObsidian can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  2. Joplin icon

    Joplin

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    • Homebrew
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    • Flathub
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Termux
    • Self-Hosted
    587 alternatives to Joplin 

    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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    1.  Support for MarkDownJoplin supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    3.  End-to-End EncryptionJoplin has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    4.  Privacy focusedJoplin is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    5.  Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Joplin.
    6.  Works OfflineJoplin can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    7.  Ad-freeJoplin doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    8.  Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Joplin.
    9.  LightweightJoplin consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    Desktop and mobile apps
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    Standard Notes

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    • Online
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    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
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    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    455 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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  4. Google Keep icon

    Google Keep

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    • Online
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    • Google Chrome
    • Android Wear
    323 alternatives to Google Keep 

    Google Keep has several features including color coding notes, inserting images, creating lists, geo-fencing, shareable notes, and search by color.

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    1.  Works OfflineGoogle Keep can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    2.  Handwritten NotesGoogle Keep supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    3.  Dark ModeGoogle Keep supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    4.  RemindersGoogle Keep allows you to set reminders for tasks, events or actions, based on parameters of time, place or condition.
    5.  Sync with Google CalendarGoogle Keep can be synchronized with Google Calendar
    6.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Google Keep simultaneously.
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    Google Keep vs nvALT opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Google Keep is still a legitimate alternative to nvALT, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    Inconsistent search capabilities and does not support Markdown.

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  5. Typora icon

    Typora

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    • Electron / Atom Shell
    133 alternatives to Typora 

    Typora gives you a seamless experience as both a reader and a writer. It removes the preview window, mode switcher, syntax symbols of markdown source code, and all other unnecessary distractions. Instead, it provides a real live preview feature to help you concentrate on the...

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    1.  Support for MarkDownTypora supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Live PreviewInstantly see what your files and documents look like as you create them.
    3.  Distraction-freeTypora has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
    4.  WYSIWYG SupportTypora integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    5.  Support for LaTeXTypora supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    6.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of Typora.
    7.  LightweightTypora consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    8.  Code FormattingTypora supports code formatting for multiple languages and code styles.
    9.  Spell CheckingTypora can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
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    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)
  7. CherryTree icon

    CherryTree

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    • PortableApps.com
    • Mac
    492 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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  8. Cryptee icon

    Cryptee

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    • Google Chrome
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    448 alternatives to Cryptee 

    Cryptee is a safety and privacy focused, encrypted and cross-platform personal data storage service. You can write personal documents, notes, journals, store photos and all sorts of other files.

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    1.  End-to-End EncryptionCryptee has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    2.  Privacy focusedCryptee is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  Support for MarkDownCryptee supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    Cryptee Photo Gallery / Albums
    Cryptee Photo Gallery / Albums
  9. Zoho Notebook icon

    Zoho Notebook

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    344 alternatives to Zoho Notebook 

    Online Notebook application: Zoho Notebook lets you combine text, images, audio, video, RSS feeds, documents and much more. Online Collaboration: You can share a single image or selection of text from a page rather than the whole document, giving the author absolute control over...

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    1.  Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Zoho Notebook.
    2.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    3.  Works OfflineZoho Notebook can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    4.  Two-factor AuthenticationZoho Notebook supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
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  10. QOwnNotes icon

    QOwnNotes

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    • Qt
    • PortableApps.com
    198 alternatives to QOwnNotes 

    Plain text notepad with markdown support and todo list manager for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, that works together with the notes application of ownCloud.

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    so far QOwnNotes is the closest to nvALT. it's missing one feature though.

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