TheBrain Alternatives for Linux

    TheBrain is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Joplin, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to TheBrain and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to TheBrain are Obsidian (Free Personal), Zotero (Freemium, Open Source), yEd Graph Editor (Free) and Turtl (Freemium, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 27, 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 TheBrain opinions
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      Joplin is a note taking and to-do application. The Brain is a knowledge manager.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      Joplin is a simple markdown viewer for note taking. TheBrain can do much much more is a knowledge management, TheBrain has feature like Associative Mapping, Events and Reminders, Mind Map View, Reports, Collaboration, Notes, Web Links, Timeline View, Tags, etc
      Negative comment 12 months ago

      cachorromuzkiz its not similar at all.... the brain uses a graphic experience of a mindmap.
      Negative comment about 1 month ago

    2. 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.
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      Obsidian vs TheBrain opinions
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      cachorromuzkiz It innovated with the backlinks. that thebrain listened and copied them. other than that, still behind theBrain but useful nonetheless
      Positive comment about 1 month ago


    3. Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox/Chrome extension or standalone program to help you collect, organize, manage, search and cite your research sources directly in your favourite word processor, with 300 MB free online storage.
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    4. yEd is a powerful diagram editor that can be used to quickly create diagrams manually or import external data for analysis and auto-magically arrange even large data sets by just pressing a button.
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    5. Whether it's bookmarks or passwords, files or shopping lists...Turtl organizes it all and makes it easy to find later. Sync across your devices. Leave nothing behind.


      The project doesn't seem to be actively developed anymore. Last updates was in 2019.

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    6. XMind is a brainstorming and mind mapping application. It provides a rich set of different visualization styles, and allows sharing of created mind maps via their website.
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      It doesn't have the associative tools to be similar to TheBrain.
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago

    7. FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool.


      Last version from 2016. See

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      FreeMind vs TheBrain opinions
      Some users think FreeMind is a great alternative to TheBrain, some don't.
      Absolutely Indescribable!
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

    8. Freeplane is a powerful and free software for building mind maps. It is a redesigned version of the well known FreeMind , and is created by one of FreeMind's key developers.
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      Mindomo is the easiest online software for creating mind maps, concept maps, outlines and various other types of diagrams.
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      Almost everyone thinks Mindomo is a great alternative to TheBrain.
    9. The Visual Understanding Environment or VUE is a free, open source concept mapping application written in Java.


      The project seems no longer developed. Last version, 3.3.0, released in October 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website and from GitHub.

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