Free Obsidian Alternatives

    The best free alternative to Obsidian is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Standard Notes or Notion. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Obsidian and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Obsidian are Google Keep (Free), Microsoft OneNote (Freemium), Evernote (Freemium) and Simplenote (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Dec 1, 2021

    1. 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 Obsidian opinions
      Most users think Joplin is a great alternative to Obsidian.
      andgregorik Joplin has a fracture of the features of Obsidian which is no wonder since Obsidian aims to become a powerful desktop knowledge base, unlike Joplin. For one thing, Joplin focuses on mobile<->desktop syncing and not on effective internal linking. They're similar at first glance only.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      yee42069 Joplin is all about hierarchical notes. Obsidian is about graph based organization.
      Negative comment 4 months ago

      sCojQE5 Joplin is taking shots at Evernote, not Obsidian.
      Negative comment 11 months ago

      Joplin doesn't have the same focus as Obsidian. It's more of an Evernote alternative
      Negative comment 4 months ago

    2. 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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      Standard Notes vs Obsidian opinions
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      hex111 i feel better paying for open source user friendlier projects, wysiwyg is just necessary for people to reasonably shift from the data robbery monopolies.
      Positive comment about 2 months ago


    3. With so many tools, it's hard to keep everyone on the same page. Notion is a new tool that unifies them all. It's like Google Docs, but everything is organized and discoverable by your team. Real collaboration in real-time.
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      Notion vs Obsidian opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Notion is a great alternative to Obsidian.
      passawitkaovilai Because Notion is online only, it can have high latency when pulling databases of pages which Obsidian have no issues with.
      Negative comment 9 months ago

    4. Google Keep is a service provided by Google which integrates note-taking and web surfing.
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      Google Keep vs Obsidian opinions
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      SimplyTolex Not similar. Google keep is like sticky notes + not private and not secure. Obsidian is about internal links and completely offline.
      Negative comment 7 months ago

      Light weight, clean, minimalistic and easy to use. Dead simple
      Positive comment 3 months ago

    5. Microsoft OneNote, part of the Microsoft Office Suite, is a digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information.
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      Evernote is a cross-platform, freemium app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving.
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      Evernote vs Obsidian opinions
      Some users think Evernote is a great alternative to Obsidian, some don't.
      riveravaldez Obsidian claims to keep your data as .md plain files, locally.
      Negative comment 12 months ago

      ChrisWayg Evernote has the best web-clipper by far in comparison to any other apps I have used. Formatting can be a mess, as it is a proprietary format and not Markdown. Offline use has gotten worse than a few years ago. The apps have become slower, bloated and overloaded with features. Still using it due to lots of legacy data and the web-clipper, but currently I prefer more lightweight apps like Obsidian and Bear where my data is available in form of Markdown files.
      Comment 4 months ago

    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.
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    7. 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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      Zettlr vs Obsidian opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Zettlr is a great alternative to Obsidian.
      Good alternative to Obsidian but backlinks are not as magic as in Obsidian. If you rename a file it will not modify links. You cannot link to a specific header. You need to use some ID which is a bit troublesome at first. Also you don't have a graph showing you all the links. But as this is Opensource, this is the best alternative to Obsidian which is closed source.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      Sometimesa Offers back-linking just like Obsidian does but it is Open-Source. Obsidian is proprietary software.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

    8. A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file.
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    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.
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      Zim vs Obsidian opinions
      Most users think Zim is a great alternative to Obsidian.
      andgregorik Zim was a pioneer that's now considered an oldtimer, while Obsidian takes much of its features and brings it into 2020+. Obsidian is more "wiki" than Zim, but it uses a different terminology. I've completely migrated from Zim (and CherryTree) to Obsidian.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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