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Open Source WordPad Alternatives

The best open source alternative to WordPad is LibreOffice - Writer. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to WordPad and 17 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to WordPad are FocusWriter, Apache OpenOffice Writer, AbiWord and AppFlowy.

WordPad alternatives are mainly Word Processors but may also be Note-taking Tools or Text Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of WordPad.
This page was last updated May 23, 2022
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  • FreeProprietary
  • Windows

WordPad is a simple word processor that is included with almost all versions of Microsoft Windows from Windows 95 onwards....

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  1. Writer has all the features you need from a modern, full-featured word processing or desktop publishing tool.

    LibreOffice - Writer vs WordPad opinions
    Some users think LibreOffice - Writer is a great alternative to WordPad, some don't.

    Very much like Microsoft Office and Wordpad combined! Extremely easy to use interface and has no limited features! Best of all FREE! Unlike Micro's BS greed, they want you to pay for a better notepad alternative and there it was just sitting around the corners of the net while many of no-brainers like me had no clue such an amazing thing like Libre exist! Thank you very much Libre! You saved not only our time searching further but also saved our wallets!

    Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago
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    Using it to write my novels. Paying for Wordpad isn't necessary as long as I have this software.

    Top positive comment  about 3 years ago
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    flcferreira

    Writer is great for heavy text processing work. But the intention of using Wordpad or something alike is to have a lighter, faster, simpler text processor that is not as simple as Notepad.

    Top negative comment  about 1 year ago
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    richarddraucker

    Suggesting LibreOffice Writer as an alternative to Wordpad is like suggesting a Boeing 787 as an alternative to a Cessna single engine 2 seater.

    Negative comment 10 months ago
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    Wordpad is too simple compared to Wordpad. I'm looking for a super lightweight word processor like Wordpad for Linux so I can quickly write simple RTF documents when I don't need the features of LibreOffice. LibreOffice has more features but isn't as lightweight and fast.

    Negative comment almost 4 years ago
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  2. FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work.



  3. Apache OpenOffice Writer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Writer, part of the Apache OpenOffice suite, is an open-source word processor.

  4. AbiWord

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • GTK+
    • AmigaOS

    AbiWord is a free software word processor. The name "AbiWord" (pronounced "Abby Word") is derived from the root of the Spanish word "abierto", meaning "open". It runs on Linux, Mac OS X (PowerPC), ReactOS, BeOS (unsupported), AmigaOS 4.

    AbiWord vs WordPad opinions
    Most users think AbiWord is a great alternative to WordPad.

    Its more powerful and can be customized for default fonts. Better version of WordPad. I have been using it for everything great program.

    Positive comment almost 7 years ago
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    Smaller footprint, familiar interface, for most general writing, it more than suffices.

    Positive comment over 5 years ago
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  5. 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.



  6. Twake

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

    Twake is a real-time teamwork platform. It is a suite of collaborative tools that includes the specificities of some bestsellers (Slack, Trello, Google Drive...).

  7. Notea

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted

    Notea is a privacy-first, open-source note-taking application. It supports Markdown syntax, sharing, responsive and more.

    Discontinued

    The project is no longer being actively developed, and the GitHub repository has been archived.

  8. metapad

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Metapad is a small, fast (and completely free) text editor for Windows 9x/NT/XP/Vista with similar features to Microsoft Notepad but with many extra (and rather useful) features.

  9. Create and edit documents online without sacrificing your privacy.

    Discontinued

    Project seems dead, github repo still up.

  10. Fidus Writer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted

    Fidus Writer is an online collaborative LaTeX editor especially made for academics who need to use citations and/or formulas.

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