Obsidian Alternatives

    Obsidian is described as 'A second brain, for you, forever. The human brain is non-linear: we jump from idea to idea, all the time. Your second brain should work the same' and is a very popular Note-taking App in the Office & Productivity category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Obsidian for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, Online / Web-based and iPhone. The best alternative is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Standard Notes or Notion. Other great apps like Obsidian are Google Keep (Free), Microsoft OneNote (Freemium), Typora (Paid) and Evernote (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Dec 1, 2021

    1. 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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    2. As easy to use as a word document or bulleted list, and as powerful for finding, collecting, and connecting related ideas as a graph database. Collaborate with others in real time, or store all your data locally.
      Roam Research vs Obsidian opinions
      Most users think Roam Research is a great alternative to Obsidian.
      Cleaner interface, less bloated
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      DarkRedman They're very similar because of the "second brain" method, backlinking, Zettelkasten support
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Web-based vs local file storage
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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    3. Original Feature List (with personal marked Highlights) >> Notes can be arranged into arbitrarily deep tree. Single note can be placed into multiple places in the tree (see cloning)
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    4. Dendron is an open-source, local-first, markdown-based, note-taking tool built on top of VSCode. It supports all the usual features you would expect like tagging, backlinks, a graph view, split panes, and so forth.
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      Dendron vs Obsidian opinions
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      kpathakota Still local notes, but way more full-featured since it uses VS Code as the editor and embraces heirarchies so your notes don't get so unwieldly.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    5. Nuclino is the easiest way to organize and share knowledge in teams. Create real-time collaborative documents and connect them instantly like a wiki. Use the tree, board, and graph view to explore and organize your knowledge visually.
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    6. RemNote is the note-taking tool that gives you memory superpowers. It automatically generates flashcards from your notes and figures out the optimal time to practice each flashcard so you don't forget what you've learned.
    7. 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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      QOwnNotes vs Obsidian opinions
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      riveravaldez Pretty similar concept, both deal with plain .md files, both render in real time, both have automatically-generated TOCs, etc., but QOwnNotes is Free Software, no EULA non-sense, you have a tool without restrictions.
      Positive comment 12 months ago

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    8. Bear is a beautiful and flexible writing app for note-taking and prose, both on the go for iOS devices and for the Mac OS desktop. KEY FEATURES - Stay organized by linking notes to each other. - Use hashtags to organize and add context to notes.
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      Bear vs Obsidian opinions
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      ChrisWayg I have over 5,000 notes in Bear which were easy to export to Obsidian (except for creation date order). Bear is still easier to use for non-technical users and has a WYSIWYG editing experience, which is lacking in Obsidian. I am currently testing Obsidian, as it is cross platform, has more features and free sync options.
      Positive comment 4 months ago

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      sCojQE5 Bi-directional linking and tags might be the only thing that relate these two, but it's more relation that every other entry on this list.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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    9. 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.
      Logseq vs Obsidian opinions
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      jchalifour Logseq is incredibly innovative and it respects my privacy and freedom by providing Free and open source software as opposed to proprietary tools.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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    10. TheBrain helps you organize all your Web pages, contacts, documents, emails and files in a context-driven visual map. Items are linked in a visual network that is designed to mimic the way you think.
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