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SiYuan is described as 'desktop Markdown Block-Reference and Bidirectional-Link note-taking application. Support fine-grained block-level reference and Markdown WYSIWYG' and is a Note-taking tool in the office & productivity category. There are more than 25 alternatives to SiYuan for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, iPhone and iPad. The best alternative is Obsidian. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Standard Notes or Zettlr. Other great apps like SiYuan are Joplin, Typora, CherryTree and Zim.

SiYuan 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 SiYuan.
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  1. Obsidian icon

    Obsidian

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    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

    • Mac
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    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • 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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  3. Standard Notes icon

    Standard Notes

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • 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. Typora icon

    Typora

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • 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

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    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)


  6. CherryTree icon

    CherryTree

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • 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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  7. Zim icon

    Zim

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    294 alternatives to Zim 

    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. Creating a new page is easy by either clicking on the "Create new note"...

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    1.  Works OfflineZim can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    2.  Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Zim.
    3.  WYSIWYG SupportZim integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    4.  PortableZim can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    5.  File VersioningZim has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    6.  LightweightZim consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Logseq

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    71 alternatives to Logseq 

    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.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownLogseq supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Works OfflineLogseq can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    3.  Dark ModeLogseq supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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  9. Trilium Notes icon

    Trilium Notes

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • Google Chrome
    • Cloudron
    • Firefox
    354 alternatives to Trilium Notes 

    Trilium Notes is a hierarchical note taking application.

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    1.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    2.  End-to-End EncryptionTrilium Notes has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    3.  No TrackingTrilium Notes will not track you or use your personal data.
    4.  Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Trilium Notes.
    5.  Dark ModeTrilium Notes supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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  10. Dendron icon

    Dendron

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • Visual Studio Code
    207 alternatives to Dendron 

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