AlternativeTo Logo

Free Ulysses Alternatives

The best free alternative to Ulysses is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try CherryTree or Zettlr. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Ulysses and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Ulysses are Obsidian, Manuskript, FocusWriter and Dendron.

Ulysses alternatives are mainly Note-taking Tools but may also be Novel Authoring Tools or Todo List Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Ulysses.
This page was last updated
Ulysses iconUlysses
  57
  • Mac
  • iPhone
  • iPad

Ulysses is a text editor for creative writers. Used by bloggers, poets, students and published novelists all over the...

Learn more about Ulysses

  1. Joplin icon

    Joplin

    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Termux
    • Firefox

    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.

    Desktop and mobile apps
    Most users think Joplin is a great alternative to Ulysses.
  2. Powerful knowledge base that works on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files.

    Screenshot


  3. A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file.

    Screenshot
  4. 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.

    The Berlin Theme (dark mode)
  5. Manuskript is an open-source tool for writers, with outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc.

    Screenshot


  6. FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work.

    Screenshot
    Most users think FocusWriter is a great alternative to Ulysses.
  7. 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.

    Screenshot
  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.

    Screenshot
    Almost everyone thinks Bear is a great alternative to Ulysses.
  9. Use Notes to capture a quick thought, create checklists, sketch ideas, and more. And with iCloud, you can keep your notes up to date across all your devices.

    Screenshot
  10. MemPad icon

    MemPad

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    MemPad is a plain text outliner and note taking program with a tree structured index.

    Screenshot
Showing 10 of 52 alternatives