Zim Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to Zim for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Joplin, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Zim and loads of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Zim are Standard Notes (Freemium, Open Source), Google Keep (Free), Obsidian (Free Personal) and Simplenote (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 21, 2021

    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.
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      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 1 year ago

      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 over 1 year ago

    2. 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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    3. Google Keep is a service provided by Google which integrates note-taking and web surfing.
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      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 1 year ago

    4. A second brain, for you, forever. The human brain is non-linear: we jump from idea to idea, all the time. Your second brain should work the same.
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    5. 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.
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      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 over 4 years ago

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


    6. A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file.
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      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 over 4 years ago

      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 1 year ago

    7. TiddlyWiki is a single html file with all the characteristics of a wiki - including all of the functionality (including editing, saving, tagging and searching) and the style sheet.
      TiddlyWiki vs Zim opinions
      Most users think TiddlyWiki is a great alternative to Zim.
      The single html file of TW is unbelievably simple and platform agnostic. File can be opened in any browser. There TW will open, edit, etc. Works just as well on a phone. File can be hosted/sync'd on DropBox or similar so you don't even need to download/upload (in the usual sense). Very smooth interface to boot. Robust support community constantly adding plugins.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

    8. 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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    9. Whether it's bookmarks or passwords, files or shopping lists...Turtl organizes it all and makes it easy to find later. Sync across your devices. Leave nothing behind.


      The project doesn't seem to be actively developed anymore. Last updates was in 2019.

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    10. TagSpaces is an open source personal data manager. It helps you organize and browse your files on every platform. Cross-platform file tagging and file finding
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      This alternative is disputed. TagSpaces is still a legitimate alternative to Zim, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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