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Self-Hosted Simplenote Alternatives

Simplenote is not available as a self-hosted solution but there are plenty of alternatives for power users and business that want to host a solution on-premise. The best Self-Hosted alternative is Standard Notes, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Simplenote and many of them are available as a self-hosted solution so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Self-Hosted alternatives to Simplenote are Logseq, Turtl, Trilium Notes and BookStack.

Simplenote 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 Simplenote.
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Made by the company behind WordPress, Simplenote enables users to take notes, lists, and ideas....

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  1. Standard Notes icon

    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.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionStandard Notes has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedStandard Notes is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownStandard Notes supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsStandard Notes can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineStandard Notes can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ File VersioningStandard Notes has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableStandard Notes is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Almost everyone thinks Standard Notes is a great alternative to Simplenote.
    yagamilighto

    Unlimited data storage, strong encryption available passcode for entering the app.

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    Encrypted. Open-source. Users in mind.

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    Bigshoes

    Encrypted, open source, privacy focused, and powerful editors.

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  2. 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.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownLogseq supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeLogseq supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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  3. Turtl icon

    Turtl

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • Self-Hosted
    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox

    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.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionTurtl has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownTurtl supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Turtl simultaneously.
    ⚫︎ Sync Across DevicesTurtl can sync your data across devices like your phone, desktop and tablet
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    Most users think Turtl is a great alternative to Simplenote.
  4. Trilium Notes icon

    Trilium Notes

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • Google Chrome
    • Cloudron
    • Firefox

    Trilium Notes is a hierarchical note taking application.

    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionTrilium Notes has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Trilium Notes.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingTrilium Notes will not track or use your personal data.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableTrilium Notes is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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  5. BookStack icon

    BookStack

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    • PHP
    • Cloudron

    BookStack is a free and open source knowledge management platform built on PHP. The system has been built around simplicity to ensure that adding information to it is not a chore. The content structure is built on the metaphors of Books, Chapters & Pages.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownBookStack supports MarkDown for document formatting.
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  6. Dendron icon

    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.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownDendron supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Dendron.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsDendron can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedDendron is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    AppFlowy

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted

    AppFlowy is an open source alternative to Notion. You are in charge of your data and customizations.

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedAppFlowy is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Carnet

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • Self-Hosted

    Carnet is a complete and rich note taking app for Android and Linux that can be synced with NextCloud (selfhosted) or the official Carnet server.

    ⚫︎ Dark ModeCarnet supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedCarnet is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Crystale

    It has a great UI and it is Open Source.

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    Foam

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted
    • Visual Studio Code

    Foam is a personal knowledge management and sharing system inspired by Roam Research, built on Visual Studio Code and GitHub.

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    Athens

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    The problem with notetaking apps like Evernote or Apple Notes is that once you write a note, after a week you never look at it again. Without any organization, you're stuck praying that search will work for your future self.

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