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Windows Journal Alternatives for Linux

Windows Journal is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is xournal, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Windows Journal and 13 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Windows Journal are Stylus Labs Write, Notesnook, KeepNote and Jarnal.

Windows Journal alternatives are mainly Note-taking Tools but may also be Todo List Managers or Journaling Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Windows Journal.
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    xournal

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Xournal is an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus. It is free software (GNU GPL) and runs on Linux (recent distributions), Windows and other GTK+/Gnome platforms.

    ⚫︎ PDF annotationxournal support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    ⚫︎ Handwritten Notesxournal supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
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    Discontinued

    It hasn't been updated since 2017, but there is an active fork Xournal++ icon Xournal++

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    Almost everyone thinks xournal is a great alternative to Windows Journal.
  2. Write is a word processor for handwriting, designed primarily for tablets with an active stylus. Write has the functionality of a vector drawing application, plus a unique set of tools which ease the editing of handwritten text.

    ⚫︎ Handwritten NotesStylus Labs Write supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
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    Almost everyone thinks Stylus Labs Write is a great alternative to Windows Journal.


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    Notesnook

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Notesnook is a simple and cross-platform private notes app that keeps your notes organized and synced on your phone, tablet and computer. Take notes, capture ideas, create to-do lists, keep a journal, write your assignments and manage projects, we have got you covered.

    ⚫︎ Works OfflineNotesnook can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownNotesnook supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedNotesnook is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeNotesnook supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionNotesnook has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
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    KeepNote

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com

    KeepNote: note-taking and organization. KeepNote is a note taking application that works on Windows, Linux, and

    ⚫︎ PortableKeepNote can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Discontinued

    No new releases since March 2012, but last version, 0.7.8, is still working and can be downloaded from the official website.

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    Jarnal

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Jarnal is an open-source application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal, making a presentation, annotating a document - including pdf - or collaborating using a stylus, mouse or keyboard. It is similar to Microsoft .

    ⚫︎ Handwritten NotesJarnal supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
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    MrWriter

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Notetaking and blackboard replacement application. Inspired by Xournal. Written in C++/Qt for Linux / Windows / Mac.

    ⚫︎ Handwritten NotesMrWriter supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
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    NoteLab

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    NoteLab brings the power of digital note taking to Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, and Solaris.

    ⚫︎ Handwritten NotesNoteLab supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
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    gournal

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Gournal is a note-taking application written for usage on Tablet-PCs (such as the Toshiba M200)

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDowngournal supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Handwritten Notesgournal supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
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    Spiral

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Spiral is a program that allows users to take notes in a format similar to a spiral notebook.

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    Remember The Task

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Remember The Task is a light-weight ToDo application that allows you to maintain a list of tasks to be done. It Syncs with Remember The Milk so you can manage your tasks on the go using RTM.

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