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    Zim is described as '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' and is a very popular Note-taking tool in the education & reference category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Zim for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try NoteLedge or Standard Notes. Other great apps like Zim are Obsidian, Notion, Microsoft OneNote and Google Keep.

    Zim is mainly a Note-taking Tool but alternatives to it 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 Zim.
    This page was last updated May 4, 2022
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    1. 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.
      Joplin vs Zim opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Joplin is a great alternative to Zim.
      andgregorik Joplin caters to a somewhat different user base: more simplistic, quicker, requires way less IT/wiki savvy just to operate daily. It also has pitch perfect syncing which is not Zim's cup of tea. Still, the moving parts are similar, and it can work as an alternative.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      LordMax IT's not so similar to Zim Desktop, it's really near to evernote/nixnote It can be a good replacement too
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    2. Capture inspiration from Pinterest, YouTube or web pages, organize ideas in one place and add your notes. Make mood boards or quick sketches to visualize and present ideas!.
      NoteLedge vs Zim opinions
      Almost everyone thinks NoteLedge is a great alternative to Zim.
      soulrain Zim is a wiki; noteledge, while complex, is unsuited for a wiki.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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      durhambell As soulrain already said, Zim is a wiki/PIM. Noteledge is a notebook/PIM. They are not the same thing at all.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    3. Powerful knowledge base that works on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files.
    4. With so many tools, it's hard to keep everyone on the same page. Notion is a new tool that unifies them all.
      Notion vs Zim opinions
      Most users think Notion is a great alternative to Zim.
      Android Client, Markdown, Built-in trello-like board
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      dimaneiaglov Notion is also a wiki and also cross-platform in the sense that it is a web application. It has some features that Zim doesn't, e.g. multi-column layouts.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    5. 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.
      Standard Notes vs Zim opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      soulrain Zim is a wiki-type encyclopedia software. Standard notes is just a basic notes app.
      Negative comment 2 months ago

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    6. Microsoft OneNote, part of the Microsoft Office Suite, is a digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information.
      Microsoft OneNote vs Zim opinions
      Some users think Microsoft OneNote is a great alternative to Zim, some don't.
      It supports both internal and external links and has good structure. It's also WYSIWYG.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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      LesterCovax Sync'd across OneDrive, has web, desktop, and mobile clients. There are certainly alternatives, but it gets the job done while enabling a good degree of logical organization.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    7. Google Keep is a service provided by Google which integrates note-taking and web surfing.
      Google Keep vs Zim opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Google Keep is still a legitimate alternative to Zim, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Not really an alternative. Zim is both a note taking appa AND note organizer
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    8. A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file.
      CherryTree vs Zim opinions
      Almost everyone thinks CherryTree is a great alternative to Zim.
      JohnFastman If Zim isn't to your liking, CherryTree might be: open-source, stores data locally, supports instant search, interprets code blocks, and has more text editing features. The only thing it's not good at (yet) is attaching things by drag-n-drop. But that is in development, I hear.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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      bekircelik wysiwyg , bug free, easy-to use and versatile interface, encrypted and un-encrypted mode, can import/export data from/to zim keynote html etc . Code box with syntax highlighting feature is nice. Also can import files image etc . Strictly hierarchical. More likely an outlining software.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    9. Made by the company behind WordPress, Simplenote enables users to take notes, lists, and ideas. These notes are stored on the cloud and are accessible across multiple devices.
      Simplenote vs Zim opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Simplenote is still a legitimate alternative to Zim, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      JohnFastman Simplenote is much less functional than Zim (no rich-text, no attachment to notes) and although it does work on mobile, it syncs your data via web-facing servers on which your info is held unencrypted. In that respect your information is much more vulnerable to hackers and govt agencies than if you used Zim, stored the data locally and maybe - if you need - sync it with an end-to-end encrypted service like Spideroak, Tresorit or Seafile (Seafile encrypts file content, not metadata).
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

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      Free and free of problems. Just simple.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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    10. 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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